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  • Nicholas Spooner
    Climate risk is often characterised as physical risk or transitional risk - terminology popularised by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
  • Nicholas Spooner
    Just over one year on from the launch of Climate Action 100+ at the One Planet Summit in Paris, what have investors achieved?
  • Nicholas Spooner
    Natural gas is often referred to as a bridge to the low-carbon economy. By this it is meant that gas is a mechanism through which tailpipe emissions may be reduced, while maintaining a similar pathway of socioeconomic progress that is dependent on the use of fossil fuels. A convenient prospect for fossil fuel companies and a narrative which is surely attractive to preserve. Nonetheless, embedded within the term bridge is the eventuality of net zero emissions, in which the viability of the use of gas is minimal. This is the second fallacy, adding to that of the concerns about methane leakage rates which I described in my earlier blog.
  • Nicholas Spooner
    Does the switch from coal to gas facilitate the transition to the low-carbon economy? The commonly accepted answer to this question is yes. This is because the combustion of natural gas produces 40% fewer emissions than the combustion of coal. Nevertheless, there are two fallacies that are crucial to consider when assessing the decarbonisation strategy presented by oil and gas majors, wherein the percentage of gas in the portfolio is increased relative to other fuel types.