Innovatiemantra Shell klinkt zachter als het over duurzame energie gaat

Shell wil het concurrerendste en innovatiefste energiebedrijf ter wereld zijn. Op het terrein van duurzame energie, waar innovaties de energiewereld misschien op zijn kop kunnen zetten, is Shell echter een stuk bescheidener. ‘De vraag die ik altijd stel is: hoe fout kunnen we zitten?’ zegt Chief...

Dramatic possibilities

Shell New Lens Scenario’s (2013, page 74): Urbanisation In the 2020s, a series of unusually violent storms leads to sea level surges in Asia, wreaking massive flood damage on major coastal cities. Governments respond by hurriedly building dykes, new storm deflection barriers, and new energy...

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe: The First Number: 2° Celsius The Copenhagen (2009) accord did contain one important number, it formally recognized "the scientific view that the increase in global temperature should be below two degrees Celsius." And in the very next...

Wat kan de olie-industrie leren van de elektriciteitssector?

Iedereen die iets van bedrijfskunde weet, kent de BCG-matrix die producten of diensten simpelweg in vier categorieën verdeelt: Cashcows, Stars, Question Marks en Dogs. De belangrijkste adviezen van de Boston Consultancy Group (BCG), die deze matrix lang geleden bedacht: maak zoveel mogelijk winst...

Innovatie

Het zijn vaak de experts en de insiders die ontwrichtende innovatie (disruptive innovation) ontkennen. Hier zijn een paar voorbeelden: “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre (1904) “I do not believe the...

Gevestigde orde laat zich vaak verrassen door innovatie

Nokia werd verrast door de smartphone. De meeste paardenkoetsiers zagen de T-Ford niet aankomen. Kodak zag de digitale fotografie wel aankomen, maar besloot het te negeren. Het zijn voorbeelden van bedrijven en bedrijfstakken die een nieuwe technologie misten of negeerden. Zij moesten iets anders...

De business case van energieopslag

Een eiland in de Noordzee of een stuwmeer in Limburg, de tekeningen liggen klaar. Er is geld te verdienen met de opslag van energie. De elektriciteitsprijs is ’s nachts lager dan overdag. De gasprijs is in de zomer lager dan in de winter. Welke oplossingen zijn er om energie op een handige manier...

De pensioenfondsen: duurzaam is het credo, maar fossiel blijft in het pakket

Pensioenfondsen hebben de mond vol van duurzaam en voor de lange termijn beleggen. FD Energie Pro vroeg de grote pensioenfondsen wat dat betekent voor hun beleggingen in olie, kolen en gas. Maar over hun beleggingen in fossiele energie zwijgen de pensioenfondsen liever. ‘Als je duurzaamheid...

‘Shell moet leiderschap tonen in energietransitie'

(FD Energie Pro, Mark van Baal) - De energietransitie ontbeert visie en leiderschap. Dat zegt energieconsultant en voormalig Shell-manager Adriaan Kamp. In zijn ogen verliest bijna iedereen, van groene ondernemer tot fossiele multinational, het grote geheel uit het oog: de noodzaak van een nieuwe...

100 % elektrische auto's en 100 % zonne-energie in 2030

Tony Seba voorspelt 100 % elektrische auto's en 100 % zonne-energie in 2030 ("misschien eerder") Seba praat wat monotoon, maar als je door de eerste minuten heen bent, blijft hij 40 minuten boeien tot aan zijn overtuigende conclusie: in 2030 rijden we allemaal op zonne-energie in elektrische...

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Climate Action 100+ alliance is bigger than Big Oil

Climate Action 100+ alliance is bigger than Big Oil

Oil executives have used CA100+ joint statements as fig leaves. Until now. Go figure. The brainpower, technology and investment to slow global heating are readily available. Time is short, and the energy incumbents have the know-how, financial muscle, and...

RI: Oil majors’ promises need a reality check

RI: Oil majors’ promises need a reality check

“Each of them wants to remain a fossil fuel giant, only not look like one,” said Van Baal. “Apparently far more pressure from society and responsible investors is needed to make oil executives see the writing on the wall.” According to a report from Oil Change...

Climate Action 100+ alliance is bigger than Big Oil

Climate Action 100+ alliance is bigger than Big Oil

Oil executives have used CA100+ joint statements as fig leaves. Until now. Go figure. The brainpower, technology and investment to slow global heating are readily available. Time is short, and the energy incumbents have the know-how, financial muscle, and...

RI: Oil majors’ promises need a reality check

RI: Oil majors’ promises need a reality check

“Each of them wants to remain a fossil fuel giant, only not look like one,” said Van Baal. “Apparently far more pressure from society and responsible investors is needed to make oil executives see the writing on the wall.” According to a report from Oil Change...

Equinor aims for net zero emissions by 2050

Equinor aims for net zero emissions by 2050

Reuters: Mark van Baal, head of Dutch activist group Follow This, said Equinor’s targets seem the most ambitious in the industry, but its plans to produce more oil and gas this decade contradict the goals of the Paris climate agreement. “It’s like reaching for the...

Interview with Follow This about the oil crisis and the climate crisis

Interview with Follow This about the oil crisis and the climate crisis

The oil price has collapsed, and Shell is having to take drastic steps: sweeping layoffs and for the first time since World War II a lower dividend payout to the shareholders of the British/Dutch multinational. One of those shareholders is here with me in the studio....

Despite Recent Commitments, Big Oil Still Behind On Climate Change

Despite Recent Commitments, Big Oil Still Behind On Climate Change

As most Big Oil majors have recently made commitments to reduce their carbon footprint and help tackle climate change more actively. According to a new report from anti-oil advocacy Oil Change International, however, they are all falling short of Paris Agreement...

Influential investor group demands ‘net-zero’ targets

Influential investor group demands ‘net-zero’ targets

Climate Action 100+, the influential investor group whose 518 members include BlackRock and Pimco, has written to the world’s largest greenhouse gas-emitting companies to demand they put in place a “net-zero strategy” for 2050 or earlier. The organisation, which...

Reuters: Equinor rejects climate resolution proposals

Reuters: Equinor rejects climate resolution proposals

Equinor’s board has rejected all shareholder climate resolutions, including one asking to set more ambitious emission reduction targets, the company said in a notice to the annual shareholders’ meeting published on Thursday. Follow This, a group representing about...

Total Investors Urge Oil Major to Adopt Tougher C02 Goals

Total Investors Urge Oil Major to Adopt Tougher C02 Goals

Total SA investors called on the oil major to put broader limits on carbon emissions, increasing pressure on the French company to match commitments made by peers ahead of its annual shareholder meeting. Follow This, a separate group of activist shareholders, said...

Santos Climate Vote Is Warning to Oil Majors, Says Follow This

Santos Climate Vote Is Warning to Oil Majors, Says Follow This

The results of a climate-change shareholder resolution calling for Paris Agreement-aligned targets at Australian oil company Santos is a warning to oil-and-gas majors Royal Dutch Shell and Equinor, says Mark van Baal, founder of Follow This, a group of oil company...

Climate vote at Santos sets new Australian record

Climate vote at Santos sets new Australian record

“This voting outcome is very promising for the AGM season in Europe, where Shell and Equinor face resolutions with the exact same request for Paris-aligned targets for all emissions (Scope 1, 2, and 3)”, added Mark van Baal, Founder of Follow This, the Dutch...

BP Agrees to Draft Climate Change Shareholder Resolution

BP Agrees to Draft Climate Change Shareholder Resolution

BP said it would work on the shareholder proposal with Follow This, a group of investors in oil-and-gas companies that push major oil companies to fall in line with the Paris Agreement. In response, Follow This said it has withdrawn its climate change resolution that...

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