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  • Evidence, the friend of the reputable NGO

    06 January 2017

    NGOs and charities play an important role in our society as watchdogs and lobbyists for the causes they seek to defend and promote. Sometimes, however, they can get carried away with the righteousness of their cause and make claims or organise interventions that can bring them into disrepute....

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  • Evidence, the friend of the reputable NGO

    06 January 2017

    NGOs and charities play an important role in our society as watchdogs and lobbyists for the causes they seek to defend and/or promote. Sometimes, however, they can get carried away with the righteousness of their cause and make claims or organise interventions that can bring them into disrepute....

  • After a strange 2016, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    22 December 2016

    After the extraordinary political developments of 2016, principally the British vote to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump in the US, 2017 is shaping up to be an equally transformative year in Europe. Italian political developments will continue to resonate across the EU in the early part of the year, to be followed by the campaigns by populist insurgents in the Dutch General Election in March and in the French Presidential Election in April and May...

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  • The scourge of pipeline theft

    20 October 2016

    Around the world, the deliberate theft of product from pipelines is a growing concern. Even with depressed oil prices, the lure of a quick profit that can be derived from illegally tapping into pipelines to remove product is driving many billions of dollars of losses around the world every year. ...

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  • Does cost cutting increase risk in Norway's offshore industry?

    20 September 2016

    Following warnings from Norwegian offshore regulator PSA, risk management research agency Preventor also claims that safety trends are now going in the wrong direction. In this piece, Preventor director Professor Jan Erik Vinnem of the University of Stavanger highlights the negative effects of cost cutting on the sector’s HSE outcomes....

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Self-harming in Scotland 01 September 2016

The latest annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) report makes stark reading for the UK’s oil and gas industry. In the past 12 months, revenues paid to the state by the industry have dropped from £1.8 billion ($2.4 billion) to just £60 million ($79 million). In comparison to the £9.6 billion ($12.6 billion) raised in 2011, this represents a 99% decrease in returns in the last five years. ...

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An industrial strategy that might actually help industry 29 July 2016

Greg Clark, the UK’s new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, seems to be taking the final element of his title seriously. His surprise announcement that the UK government will conduct a new review into the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project shows that Theresa May’s new cabinet understands that joined-up thinking in industrial policy will be vital in securing the country’s economic future post-Brexit....

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UK surveys confirm likely negative effect of Brexit over next six months 21 July 2016

Following the EU referendum, UK manufacturers’ organisation EEF conducted a survey of companies to assess the impact of the decision to leave the EU which found a potentially negative impact on orders over the next six months. This trend was confirmed in the purchasing managers’ index (PMI) compiled by Markit, which saw its composite (services and manufacturing) index fall to an 87-month low....

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A step into the unknown 07 July 2016

Two weeks after the Brexit vote, it is possible to see some of the major issues facing the UK’s process and high hazard industries over the coming period in closer focus. Overall, the UK exports 40% of its products to European Union countries but this is far higher for some process industries, for example chemicals, where the figure is 56%. A main priority will be to reduce disruption while negotiating an equitable trading regime between the UK and EU....

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To leave or not to leave 01 June 2016

As the date for the Brexit referendum gets closer, advice on the likely effects of leaving or staying  for industry has proliferated. Both camps have put forward their arguments and whose you choose to believe may well reflect how you gauge the risks and opportunities for your company and the sector it operates in. ...

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