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Climbing the curve quickly in petrochemicals

September 2014—Consumption takes off fast in emerging markets. One reason? Plastics.more

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Can bioenergy replace coal?

September 2014—Europe wants 27 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. Bioenergy has the potential to help the continent reach that goal, but it requires an industry comeback.more


Digitizing oil and gas production

August 2014—Automation is an important answer to the industry’s upstream challenges.more


Capturing value in global gas: Prepare now for an uncertain future

July 2014—There is huge uncertainty about how global gas markets will evolve, but the extent of the value at stake makes it imperative for liquified natural gas suppliers and buyers to act now.more


Leading in the 21st century: An interview with Shell’s Ann Pickard

June 2014—After building a career in Africa, Australia, and now the Arctic, the Royal Dutch Shell executive vice president has developed core leadership principles to safeguard employees and the environment.more

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Myths and realities of clean technologies

April 2014—Don’t be fooled by high-profile setbacks. The cleantech sector is gaining steam—with less and less regulatory assistance.more

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The disruptive potential of solar power

April 2014—As costs fall, the importance of solar power to senior executives is rising.more

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Daniel Yergin on the next energy revolution

April 2014—The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize–winning author expects an energy landscape rife with innovations—and surprises.more

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When gas gets tight: Next steps for the Middle East petrochemical industry

April 2014—The region’s producers are entering a world of limited new gas supply. To continue to grow at home and remain competitive, big changes will be required.more

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Fred Krupp on the benefits of monitoring resource use

April 2014—The head of the Environmental Defense Fund describes how the rise of big data and sensing technologies could improve the bottom line for companies and the environment.more

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