Nick Butler: Finding a vaccine against climate change
Despite a good deal of wishful thinking the evidence that CV19 will not be the trigger for a rapid transition to a low carbon world is mounting. The economic impact of the lockdown measures taken across the world is beginning to be felt. The take up of electric vehicles has slowed even in China, workers in the renewables sector have been laid off, and numerous companies are being forced to reduce or postpone investment plans. In Europe the promised “green deal” is still on the table but finding the money is going to be difficult and the countries which need to make the greatest changes in their energy mix are more wary than ever of jeopardising employment.
The Norwegian Authorities has today prohibited all events of more than 500 people until 1 September 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a direct consequence, the ONS Foundation is forced to cancel ONS 2020.
Blog post by Nick Butler: Can economic diplomacy rescue the energy sector?
Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency has proposed a unique G20 initiative bringing together producers and consumers to re-establish and orderly market. To succeed that initiative should include the major private sector players and important producing countries such as Norway which are not part of either OPEC or the G20, writes Nick Butler in this comment.
These are unprecedented and dramatic times for the whole of the global energy industry. To try to make sense of what is happening we are initiating a fortnightly commentary written by Nick Butler, a member of our advisory board and a regular contributor to the Financial Times.
ONS are daily receiving inquiries about how the COVID-19 situation will affect the ONS 2020 event from 31 August to 3 September. Due to the situation we have extended our deadlines for stand design and web shop ordering.
The ONS Innovation Award aims to promote ground-breaking technologies for the oil and gas and the energy industry. The application portal is now open and is open for all, including innovators, inventors, contractors, operators and suppliers.
Information regarding COVID19 coronavirus outbreak, March 2020
The ONS Foundation is following the development of the COVID19 coronavirus outbreak closely. We know that our visitors, exhibitors and other customers are concerned about the situation, and we wish to ensure everyone that we are continuously working on the development of an engaging ONS 2020.
How do we operate in an increasingly polarized world? How do we handle a fast growing world population in need of affordable energy? And how do we solve the biggest challenge of our time – climate change. Urgent joint actions are required, and we need to act now.
Standing on the shoulders of giants: ONS’ Committees
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