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Many countries have developed comparative advantages in energy and carbon-intensive sectors which have helped them escape poverty and fuel shared prosperity. This report deepens the understanding of the impacts that carbon-intensive countries may face from uncertain but possible developments such as international climate policies, trade measures, transformational technology trends, and shifts in consumer preferences that can affect global demand for fossil fuels and the cost of burning them. The report's methodological framework combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, offering new insights into understanding impacts and the most robust and sustainable coping strategies. Its key messages include: * Countries have different carbon-intensive assets-resources in the ground and built infrastructure-that vary in their exposure and vulnerability to transformational trends. * Structural transformations are normal in history, and many coping strategies have turned risks into new development opportunities. * Climate change adds new momentum to the traditional diversification debates in resource-intensive countries. The best hedging strategies are based on deep diversification not only of outputs and exports but also of the asset base-natural, physical, human, and intangible capital. * Countries will use a menu of policies to manage structural transformations including energy, fiscal, and climate policies as well as trade measures. * Anticipating or reacting to the climate transition shocks, some carbon-intensive countries may choose to be the early movers and divest quickly, some will choose to be the followers, while others may try the harvesters' strategies. Each strategy has opportunities and risks.
China's breakneck economic development and industrialisation of the last three decades have turned the country into a major consumer of energy. In fact, China is currently the world's second biggest energy consumer, and is on course to become the biggest one within a relatively short period of time. This process has taken place in parallel with the rise in energy consumption in the rest of Asia and of the developing world. Just like most countries globally, China's energy supply structure is still dominated by fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. However, the use of renewable sources of energy is on the increase, as the need to achieve a sustainable mode of development becomes more keenly felt. This book focuses on the current state of China's oil and gas industries, the opportunities they present and the challenges they face. Oil and natural gas remain the two most important and most widely used sources of energy in the world, and in spite of the increasing development of renewable energy, it is unlikely that their status will be challenged any time soon. The oil and gas industries of China, the world's second largest economies, are thus clearly of great importance and interest to the entire world. Due to its high efficiency and the relatively low pollution it creates, oil has been the most popular source of energy globally since it replaced coal in the sixties. China is the second biggest oil consumer in the world behind the U.S., and its consumption is forecasted to continue rising. Although oil remains dominant worldwide, the demand for natural gas is also forecasted to grow steadily in the future, partly as an alternative to oil. There are various reasons for this. It has now become a political imperative to reduce carbon emissions, and from this point of view natural gas is much preferable to oil, while being more convenient than renewable sources of energy. Another factor is concern about the inevitable decrease of the oil supply as peak oil is reached. Furthermore, the development of natural gas powered vehicles and of the natural gas chemical industry are also contributing to raise the demand. This trend towards a greater use of natural gas has also concerned China, which is currently the fourth largest consumer of natural gas in the world.
The Russian State and Russia's Energy Industries analyses the development of relations between the state and five major energy companies, and how this shaped Russia's foreign policy in the post-Soviet region. The book argues that the development of Russia's political economy mattered for foreign policy over the quarter of a century from 1992 to 2018. Energy companies' roles in institutional development enabled them to influence foreign policy formation, and they became available as tools to implement foreign policy. The extent to which it happened for each company varied with their accessibility to the Russian state. Institutional development increased state capacity, in a way that strengthened Russia's political regime. The book shows how the combined power of several companies in the gas, oil, electricity, and nuclear energy industry was a key feature of Russian foreign policy, both in bilateral relationships and in support of Russia's regional position. In this way, Russia's energy resources were converted to regional influence. The book contributes to our understanding of Russia's political economy and its influence on foreign policy, and of the formation of policy towards post-Soviet states.
Current wastewater treatment technologies are not sustainable simply due to their high operational costs and process inefficiency. Integrated Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment is intended for professionals who are searching for an innovative method to improve the efficiencies of wastewater treatment processes by exploiting the potential of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) technology. The book is broadly divided into four sections. It begins with an overview of the state of the art bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) as well as the fundamentals of MFC technology and its potential to enhance wastewater treatment efficiencies and reduce electricity generation cost. In section two, discusses the integration, installation, and optimization of MFC into conventional wastewater treatment processes such as activated sludge process, lagoons, constructed wetlands, and membrane bioreactors. Section three outlines integrations of MFCs into other wastewater processes. The final section provides explorative studies of MFC integrated systems for large scale wastewater treatment and the challenges which are inherent in the upscaling process.
Internationally, more and more utilities, distributors and suppliers are adopting smart metering systems to manage their millions of customers more effectively. The new requirements of these markets demonstrate even more strongly how strategic a metering system becomes for utilities. If these projects are properly deployed and if certain constraints are overcome, customers and various market players can also enjoy the benefits associated with the systems and related services. Readers will gain an invaluable understanding of the environment of smart metering system platforms from an international perspective. Explanations cover management methods, opportunities, and challenges, as well as the primary components, international developments and innovations, and trends of related systems over time. Smart Metering Handbook is a must-have resource for technical and R&D managers, project managers, consultants, executives, engineers, technicians, teachers and students.
International Petroleum Accounting 2nd edition is a comprehensive, cover-to-cover revision of the International Petroleum Accounting 1st edition. This book uniquely presents a comprehensive guide to both U.S. accounting standards and the International Accounting Standards Board (IFRS). The 2nd edition focuses on accounting standards and guidance issued by the IFRS, the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board, and the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission as they relate to accounting and reporting for global petroleum-related operations. The new edition also includes a detailed, point-by-point comparison of U.S. and IFRS standards spanning all significant accounting topics from initial exploration and evaluation of potential oil and gas prospects through production and final abandonment, also including the latest standards relating to revenue recognition, leases, and joint operations. The 2nd edition is updated to include detailed discussion and analyses of current issues related to global economic and political policies impacting the petroleum industry in addition to various petroleum fiscal policies, tax issues, various petroleum contracts, and joint operating agreements. This new edition also includes a new chapter on oil and gas reserves which encompasses a detailed discussion of the latest reserves reporting requirements issued by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission along with the reserves reporting guidance from the Petroleum Reserve Management System (which is utilized by many companies accounting under IFRS).
A lease man for a major oil company tells how he goes about his work, some of the fun in it and some of its frustrations. While he says that his book is intended to interest and amuse rather than to instruct, the reader learns a great deal about oil in the process. Oil may be anywhere, explains the author, but it doesn't belong to just anybody. In most countries it belongs to the government, but in the United States it belongs to the owner of the surface of the land under which it lies or to the speculator who may have purchased mineral rights. Merlin F. Sailor's business is to secure for his company the right to conduct geophysical operations on and drill for and produce the oil and natural gas suspected to lie under the surface of the land. In his work he has met all kinds of people, from the lady who didn't want to lease her land because I'm from Brooklyn to the man who had never been in any institution except jail, and that was years ago. Sailor could and did tell a good story in this truly human document, and, as a bonus, much of what he tells has genuine historical and literary value in the record of industrial America in the twentieth century. Here is a book for everyone interested in the oil industry - oilmen themselves, historians, writers looking for oil background materials, and general readers.
Author John Seidle has written this much-needed introduction to a unique unconventional gas resource for students and practicing engineers as well as a basic handbook for those who are involved in coalbed methane on a daily basis and require straightforward, practical answers in the fast-paced business world.
With Middle East blow-ups, pipeline politics, wind farm controversies, solar industry scandals, and disputes over fracking, it's natural to think that the energy policy debate is at its most intense ever. But it's easy to forget that energy issues dominated the nation's politics in the 1970s as well. Wars were fought, political careers made and unmade, and fortunes gambled and lost, all because of the vagaries of energy production and consumption, which held the American public and its politicians in thrall. This historical investigation focuses exclusively on American energy policy in the 1970s. Revisiting the last time energy issues came to the forefront of national political discourse, the essays collected here provide new insight into the energy crisis of that decade - insights with clear implications for our present dilemmas. Among a new generation of energy historians, the authors address questions of political leadership, foreign policy, supply, and demand. Chapters examine the politics of energy policymaking; efforts by American policymakers to increase supply and reduce demand; and the challenge of crafting American foreign policy as the Middle East emerges as the world's leading oil-producing region. American Energy Policy in the 1970s reminds us of a wide range of policy successes and failures and offers an in-depth look at the complicated workings of such issues as cafe standards, alternative energy supplies, nuclear power, conservation, the strategic petroleum reserve, and the Carter Doctrine. This book restores historical clarity and context to the complex and politically freighted discussion of energy in America. It should inform and enlighten the discussion going forward.
Despite its size and importance, a surprising lack of basic knowledge exists about the oil and gas industry. With their timely new book, authors Andrew Inkpen and Michael H. Moffett have written a nontechnical book to help readers with technical backgrounds better understand the business of oil and gas. They describe and analyze the global oil and gas industry, focusing on its strategic, financial, and business aspects and addressing a wide range of topics organized around the oil and gas industry value chain, starting with exploration and ending with products sold to consumers. The Global Oil & Gas Industry is a single source for anyone interested in how the business of the worldis largest industry actually works: business executives, students, government officials and regulators, professionals working in the industry, and the general public.
This comprehensive model of the nation's largest, most technically advanced and forward-thinking power pool - Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland (PJM) - provides a window on state-of-the-art solutions to complex, organizational, managerial, technical, and regulatory issues that cut across the entire industry in transition. With full cooperation from PJM, nationally recognized energy lawyer Jeremiah D. Lambert compares and contrasts PJM with other ISOs on key issues such as governance, structure and transmission pricing. Lambert's expert comparison will help readers: Successfully structure RTO or ISO projects Follow legal/ regulatory guidelines Develop the best-practice standards in all areas of the RTO/ISO structure.