July 8th, 2006

A wise remark – the future of energy

The oil price reached a record high again this week… the most sensible thing I’ve heard recently was Lord Oxburgh, former Chairman of Shell (profile), at an event held by Climate Change Capital, a specialised merchant bank.

He said the world’s infrastructure was:

fundamentally optimised to extraordinarily low energy prices and cheap natural resources. Neither of those premises holds true today. I believe the days of cheap energy and cheap natural resources are over.

He went on to argue that energy-using and producing infrastructure turns over ever 30-40 years, so there is a 30-40 year window available to reoptimise to new conditions that are here to stay (podcasts of the event). I suppose that’s obvious once it has been said, but it was refreshing hear it put so clearly and by a grandee of the oil industry.

image_pdfPrintable/PDF version

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.