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13 May 2019
 
Posted by Dr Mamdouh G. Salameh

Last month Saudi Aramco hit the news when it was named as the world’s most profitable company with revenue of $224 bn, a net income of $111 bn and a free cash flow of $86 bn against a total debt of $27 bn in 2018.

There was a lot of fanfare about Saudi Aramco created by investment banks which benefited hugely from Saudi Aramco’s launch of a major bond issuance to help finance its acquisition of 70% stake in Saudi petrochemical Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

11 April 2019
 
Posted by Victoria Di Pace

The evolution of battery-powered vehicles

The coming of battery-powered cars has a long history. In 1799, the Italian Alessandro Volta established the scientific principles regarding storage of electricity in electrochemical form by putting two different types of metals—electrodes and the electrolytes—into contact, which led to the creation of the first electric cell. In 1859, the French physicist Gaston Planté developed the first acid battery. Electric vehicles (EVs) appeared with the advent of the automobile and accounted for one third of vehicles in the United States in the 1900s, before being displaced by more competitive internal combustion engines (ICEs) (1).

In recent years, there has been a rekindling of interest in EVs, as governments look to tackle carbon emissions from transportation sectors, contributing over 20% of total global emissions (2). The quest for energy independence and technological ownership are also factors driving government support for EVs (3). Norway and California have implemented subsidy programmes towards such ends. The United Kingdom and France have recently announced that they will ban the sale of fossil-fuel automobiles after 2040.

08 April 2019
 
Posted by Edouard Lotz

Within the European Union (EU), one of the key aspects of its energy strategy is to ensure the security of supply. This objective was introduced in the 2007 Lisbon Treaty, in its article 176A:

“The Union policy on energy shall aim, in a spirit of solidarity between Member States, to ... ensure security of energy supply in the Union” (1).

As a significant portion of the energy consumed in Europe is imported from Russia, it is crucial for the EU to reduce its dependency. The Lisbon Treaty vows to procure to the EU a roadmap to build a resilient energy network within its territory, as well as to diversify import channels.

10 January 2019
 
Posted by Dr Mamdouh G. Salameh

The global oil market and its leaders

2018 had seen oil prices buffeted by bullish and bearish influences with oil prices seesawing from $66.87 a barrel on the first day of the year, to a high of $87 in early November then slumping before Christmas to a disappointing $54.10.

Who gets what?

But there were other forces at play that significantly influenced the price of oil in 2018. These forces were personalities whose decisions, utterances and in some cases farsightedness impacted directly on oil prices and the global oil market and may equally do so in 2019 as well.

Research & Publications
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Dr Mamdouh G. Salameh
RCEM Working Papers

The great rivalry between the United States and China will shape the 21st century. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a great power will never voluntarily surrender pride of place to a challenger. The United States is the pre-eminent great power. China is now its challenger. 

“The only indispensable superpower” is also a super-indebted power, and its biggest creditor happens to be its presumed chief strategic rival. Is it logical and workable to encircle one’s own banker militarily?

Prof. Michael Jefferson
Published Papers

For over forty years energy expectations have been riddled with internal contradictions, and all too often a failure to recognise complexity, the nature and scale of the challenges to be faced, and resultant uncertainty. Key elements of Shell’s “World of Internal Contradictions” scenario, issued 

Matsumoto, K., Ming-Zhi Gao, A.
Books

Economic instruments, particularly carbon tax and emissions trading scheme (ETS), have recently attracted the most attention to combat climate change because of their cost efficency to reduce emissions. Introducing these in Asia, where most of the countries do not currently have emission reduction. 

Prof. Michael Jefferson
Reports & others

Author: Prof. Michael Jefferson, Editor of the journal Energy Policy; Affiliate Professor, ESCP Europe; Professor, University of Buckingham.

Special Issues

Journal: Energy Policy

Guest-editors: Dr. Kostas AndriosopoulosProf. Constantin Zopounidis, Dr. Michael Doumpos, Dr. Spiros Papaefthimiou.

The objective of the Special Issue is to present new research results on the theory and modern practice of modeling and management of energy systems, emphasizing on their policy implications. The areas of interest include, networks design and management, oil and gas, smart grids, production optimization, efficiency analysis, optimization and assessment of renewable and sustainable/green energy systems, environmental issues, risk management, decision-making in the energy markets, and energy pricing, among others.

Cole, O.
Magazines' articles

Magazine: INFO.

Author: Dr. Othman Cole, Assistant Professor of Finance, ESCP Europe.

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Centre News
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17 May 2019

Many worry that the growth of digital transformation and AI will lead to machines and robots replacing human workers and see this advancement in technology as a threat, rather than as an opportunity to better ourselves.

PWC reports on AI shows that 67% of executives surveyed say the technology will help humans and machines work together, and to be stronger using both artificial and human intelligence.

18 April 2019

We have entered in an era of significant challenges but also opportunities for the region of South –East Europe when it comes to energy, but what is the future of the region both in the European Union (EU) and globally?

 “South –East Europe will play a pivotal role in the energy sphere in the EU, particularly with Greece and its huge discoveries of natural gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean. Also the TurkStream gas pipeline will bring Russian supplies to Turkey and the EU. In addition, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will bring Caspian gas supplies via Turkey into the European Union” says Dr Mamdouh G. Salameh, International Oil Economist; Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe in London and Speaker at the 4th HAEE Symposium to take place in Athens on 6-8 May, 2019. 

09 April 2019

On 18th March 2019 ESCP Europe's London Campus hosted another of its ‘Re-Thinking Europe’ events, looking at the state of the Brexit process and its impacts.

London Campus Dean and Brexit commentator Professor Simon Mercado was joined by litigator and parliamentarian Lord David Gold and by leading businessman, Tony Matharu to examine the latest developments in the Brexit process. Expert interviews were followed with an open Q&A session around the theme of: 'Brexit: Quo Vadis?' Topics discussed during the event included the likely fate of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal; the Irish Backstop problem; and the prospects for both a general election and second referendum. 

14 March 2019

René Mauer and Lisa Steigertahl released the “EU Startup Monitor” during the European Commission's annual SME Assembly. The teachings of the only startup study purely based on primary inputs of active European founders, present the most comprehensive overview of the current startup landscape and can help shape Europe’s policies.

The SME Assembly, which took place on 21 November in Graz, Austria, is the most significant event for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe, and creates the governance structure of the Small Business Act with the network of SME Envoys.

27 February 2019

Young talented students from prestigious universities met at the ESCP Europe's London Campus on 22nd & 23rd February to participate in the 2019 School’s Energy Trading Challenge.

Jointly organised by our 2019 MSc in Energy Management (MEM) students, in collaboration with Smart Global, ESCP Europe, and its Research Centre for Energy Management (RCEM), this year’s challenge sponsored by Glencore provided an excellent platform for students to learn key insights on trading oil and gas products. 

Energy Headlines
21 May 2019
Turkmenistan: Turning the gas back on [GGP]
Gas deliveries to Russia resume, but the injection of cash is unlikely to plug gaping budget holes.
21 May 2019
Iran CNG Plan Fails
Iran has not made the gas price cheap enough to encourage vehicle owners to switch from already heavily discounted gasoline.
21 May 2019
Nonpowered dams can be converted to hydroelectric dams for electricity generation
According to EIA's most recent electric generator inventory, 32 dams that currently do not generate electricity are planned to be converted to hydroelectric dams, which will add more than 330 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity to the grid over the next several years.
21 May 2019
South Korean LNG set for growth [LNG Condensed]
The prospects for anything other than limited growth in South Korean LNG imports are often downplayed, not least in government plans. This may be a mistake. LNG demand could exceed 50mn metric tons by 2030 – a fifth higher than in the latest government projections. If events conspire in the fuel’s favour, demand could be higher still.

[LNG Condensed]

21 May 2019
Zennor Updates on Britannia Satellite
The UK Finlaggan field is ready for production, having passed its flow tests.
21 May 2019
A Hierarchy for Gas Leaves Heating out in the Cold [the Brussels Conversation]
This is first and foremost a debate about space heating. Installing heat pumps may be expensive, but using gas for heating is even more so, some observers argue.

[The Brussels Conversation]

21 May 2019
Ukraine, US Officials Discuss Gas Co-Operation
The head of Naftogaz Ukrainy Andrei Kobolev met the US secretary of state for energy Rick Perry and Ukraine’s newly elected president Vladimir Zelensky for talks on energy and national securirty in Kiev May 20.  Also among those present were Zelensky’s advisers during his election...

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