Wednesday 10 December 2014

Questions about Ukrainian energy policy

I participated in a discussion in London yesterday (9 December) on “Is Ukraine ready to face the winter freeze: focus on diversification of energy supplies and embracing energy efficiency”. I made my comments in the form of questions and answers, as follows:

Q. Can Ukraine reduce gas demand further in 2015-20?

A. In the mid 2000s, Ukraine’s gas consumption was 75 bcm/year. It was 50 bcm in 2013 and will be about 42 bcm in 2014. That’s a 40%+ reduction, due to:

economic recession (which has reduced industrial demand, and naturally it is hoped that much of this will be restored);

high prices which have encouraged diversification to coal;

and some energy saving measures, also due to high prices.

Gas demand has already been reduced where it is easy to do so. But, assuming (i) a modest economic recovery, (ii) continued diversification to coal (and other fuels), and (iii) continued energy saving measures, it

Sunday 7 December 2014

Presentation: drivers of global fossil fuel use

Notes and slides from a presentation I did last month at the history department seminar at Sheffield Hallam university, outlining my project on the global history of fossil fuel consumption, have now been posted here NOTES and here SLIDES. And a description of the project is HERE.