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Back to BASICs for India at Cancun

It's COP time again, and the world will resume its yearly chant about the need to address climate change. The baby steps taken in Copenhagen at the COP15 will be the focus of attention as most developed nations push to make these into more binding agreements. There will therefore be a lot of interest in the four BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India, and China - and what they come up with.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2010
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CommentWire

BG Group: backing out of US and UK generation

With the sale of its US generators complete, barring regulatory sign-off, and a sale process underway for its remaining UK generation assets, BG Group is cutting the cable on its involvement in power generation as demand keeps falling. By selling plants to pure-play generation and infrastructure groups, BG Group will be able to grow its activities in burgeoning areas of the oil and gas sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2010
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Biofuels: production guarantee could allay environmental concerns

The Brazilian government has proposed a scheme whereby it would offer an environmental seal of approval for its biofuel exports. While this is a response to possible punitive measures against current production methods, the certification scheme provides an innovative approach to the biofuels problem, and offers fuel retailers a means of differentiating themselves from their competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2008
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CommentWire

Brazil: policy changes aim to drive the domestic wind market forward

Brazil is dependent on oil and hydroelectric power for the majority of its energy, but the country is now taking steps towards diversifying its energy mix in a way that reduces the chance of widespread power cuts due to drought, while also helping to meet emissions reductions targets. However, a history of talking without acting means that it is yet to be seen whether Brazil is serious about wind.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2011
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The biorefineries value chain could be worth $300 billion by 2030, but Europe may miss out

According to the World Economic Forum, the value chain around biorefineries might be worth $300 billion by 2030. Europe is in a uniquely favorable position to capture some of this, but unless it has the political will to do so, Brazil, China, Indonesia and the US are likely to reap the benefits.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2010
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Western oil majors are feeling the pinch from national companies

As recent figures indicate, major Western oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and TOTAL are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of competitors. With many of the most lucrative hydrocarbon reserves situated in emerging nations and jealously guarded by national oil and gas companies, could this signal the end for Western domination of the oil industry?

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2011

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