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Sustainability and environmental concerns make out of green businesses a mainstream trend

ASPO International - 27 February 2018 - 5:16pm

A few years back, all small and large companies and manufacturers were announcing and priding themselves with adopting “green” policies and manufacturing methods. However, in the recent years, the marketing campaigns implemented to announce such measures are not as frequent as before. But this doesn’t mean that companies no longer “go green.” In fact, this…

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Don’t Confuse Peak Oil And The Peak Oil Debate

Energy Bulletin - 27 February 2018 - 4:29pm

In the past five years of writing about energy one of my favorite observations has been that people get into trouble because they “confuse Peak Oil and the Peak Oil Debate.” In other words, they confuse what Peak Oil IS and what Peak Oil MEANS.

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Peak Oil Review: 26 February 2018

Energy Bulletin - 27 February 2018 - 10:56am

After a $7 a barrel fall between late January and mid-February, oil prices have rebounded by about $4.50 a barrel and are now in the $63-67 range. Both major oil price benchmarks, WTI and Brent, saw the second straight week of gains.

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Cornucopian Renewable-Energy Claims Leave Poor Nations in the Dark

Energy Bulletin - 26 February 2018 - 10:52am

Billions of people around the world need more energy than they can afford, while billions of others can buy far more energy than is required to meet their needs. Global 100-percent renewable scenarios are based on these distortions…

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Is Volatility in Oil Price on the Way, Again?

Energy Bulletin - 23 February 2018 - 11:33am

A consistent theme in my articles is the charts reveal that economic disruptions, such as ructions in the stock market, tend to follow periods of marked instability in the price of oil, and further, that the economy at large appears to be acutely sensitive to sudden changes in the cost of energy – as mirrored by the longest lines on the chart above.

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Stunning New Research Finds Fracking a Major Source of Carbon Pollution in Pennsylvania

Energy Bulletin - 22 February 2018 - 10:42am

The evidence is now overwhelming that natural gas is not part of the climate solution, it is part of the problem. A new study finds that the methane escaping from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry “causes the same near-term climate pollution as 11 coal-fired power plants.”

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New Study Questions Impact of Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Energy Bulletin - 20 February 2018 - 2:01pm

Ending the world’s fossil fuel subsidies would reduce global CO2 emissions by 0.5 to 2.2 gigatonnes (Gt) per year by 2030, a new study says. The research, published by Nature, concludes that the removal of subsidies would lead to bigger emissions reductions in oil and gas exporting regions…

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LNG comes to Boston, a harbinger of the future?

Energy Bulletin - 18 February 2018 - 4:24pm

The most curious natural gas story of the year so far comes out of Boston and seems to have echoes of a deepening Russia-related scandal in Washington. A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker bearing natural gas produced in part in Russia delivered its cargo to the Boston area for insertion into the natural gas pipeline system there. Apparently, the Russian company that supplied some of the gas may fall under U.S. sanctions against the financing and importation of Russian goods.

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Ex-Chief of BP-Acquired Solar Giant Foresees Renewables Revolution

Energy Bulletin - 15 February 2018 - 12:43pm

A new book put together by the former Chairman of Europe’s largest solar company, Lightsource — which merged with BP last year — throws light on how the world will be permanently transformed by an energy revolution in coming decades.

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A Review of Two Books by John Michael Greer: Dark Age America and The Retro Future

Energy Bulletin - 15 February 2018 - 11:18am

John Michael Greer acknowledges that his aim with Dark Age America is an ambitious one. The book is his attempt to sketch out the likely course of industrial society over the next 500 years, with a particular emphasis on the United States. These days, the word progress has come to mean deterioration far more often than improvement. This is the central tenet of The Retro Future,…

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The Strategy of Maximal Extraction

Energy Bulletin - 14 February 2018 - 10:00am

The new U.S. energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize the energy resources at its command, whether those be slaves, wind-power, coal, or oil, to further its hegemonic ambitions.

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U.S. Department of Energy Doubles Down on Shale Optimism

Energy Bulletin - 13 February 2018 - 10:51am

Last week, Post Carbon Institute published Hughes’ analysis of the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2017, which found that the EIA’s forecast for shale gas and tight oil production through 2050 was “extremely optimistic.”

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Environmental and Sustainability Concerns in the Manufacturing Sector

ASPO International - 12 February 2018 - 11:43pm

Environmental and sustainability matters have to be urgently addressed in all manufacturing industries, as concerns regarding improper disposal methods regarding wastewaters, packaging waste and waste resulting from the manufacturing process are at a peak. The industrial revolution and population growth are the most prominent motivators when it comes to increasing the production volumes in the…

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A Solar Mandate? We’re Closer Than You Think

ASPO International - 17 January 2018 - 2:20am

As States Mandate Solar In New Construction, What’s Next? As costs fall and interest in green energy rises, cities across the United States are beginning to make solar power mandatory, at least for new construction. As of January 2017, all new San Francisco constructions under 10 stories must have solar panels, while New York State…

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How to Turn Your Catering Business Green

ASPO International - 22 December 2017 - 10:23pm

What’s the Secret to Greener Catering? The catering business is one of those industries that seem to be invincible. People are always going to have weddings, corporate events, and birthday parties, which means you’ll always have customers. But are you future proofing your business by paying attention to sustainability? 5 Ways to Make Your Catering…

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Eliminating Toxins in the Bedroom

ASPO International - 22 December 2017 - 9:45pm

Toxins in the home have gained the public’s attention in the past several years, both in the UK and abroad. Toxins are found in many homes in the form of chemicals in furnishings, paint, and other household products. Eliminate toxins in the home by making conscious choices about everything from household plants, which are known…

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Top 10 eco-driving tips for everybody

ASPO International - 22 December 2017 - 12:18pm

1. Embrace inflation As indicated by tire producer Michelin, underinflated tires can increase the car fuel usage up to six percent. With the average tank of fuel costing around £70, pumping up your tires could help to save around £4 per top off. The efforts appear to be beneficial, isn’t that right? 2. Regular maintenance…

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Was 2017 the Year that the Tide finally Turned against Fossil Fuel Projects?

Energy Bulletin - 21 December 2017 - 11:53am

The end of 2017 saw a rapid escalation of big divestment announcements, including from global insurer Axa. 2018 brings more opportunity – so long as campaigning prioritises the voices of those most impacted by climate change.

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Projects for 2018

Transition Scilly - 20 December 2017 - 8:42pm

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 Following input from the community at last week's meeting, Transition Scilly will concentrate on these projects in 2018:

Community Orchard

  • Improving the management of the Orchard

  • Increasing the number of people visiting

  • Improve amenities for the Orchard

  • Increase the reach of the orchard to include fruit trees in gardens that people need help pruning/planting/harvesting

  • Celebrate key points in the orchard year

  • Provide easily accessible advice on orchard management


  • Support measures to reduce plastic waste

  • Look at opportunities to turn waste in to resources, especially waste wood


  • Raise awareness of water issues on Scilly

  • Look at the feasibility of water fountains in public places


  • Encourage the creation of a car club for locals on St Mary's using electric vehicles run on low carbon electricity

Outreach and engagement

  • Increase the number of articles in local magazines/papers and on websites

  • Improve communication, including a redesigned and updated website

  • Engage with and provide representation to key documents, such as the Local Plan

  • Celebrate the achievements of all community groups and voluntary work

If you would like to get involved in some of these projects please get in touch on Facebook, send us an email enquiries@transitionscilly.org.uk or just look out for more news about upcoming projects and events.

Our thanks to those people that turned out last week and to the Scillonian Club for hosting us.

Peak Oil Review: Dec 19 2017

Energy Bulletin - 19 December 2017 - 10:49am

Oil prices currently seem on course to finish out 2017 with a second annual gain after the decision by OPEC to extend its production freeze through 2018. Last week Brent briefly climbed above $65 a barrel for the first time since 2015 due to the closure of the pipeline that brings some 455,000 b/d ashore from the North Sea fields.

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