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Bunker Fuel Having Hazardous Effects

Posted by Blake Nijs on October 4 at 7:55 AM  Bunker fuel is the left over oil and particles from this process, composed of asphaltenes, waxes, and other very large molecules. The residual crude oil is then burned in large ships, leaving behind hazardous emissions. Topics: energy, sustainability        16 Comments Read Full Post

James Cameron & the 'Avatarsands'

Posted by Stacy Richter on September 29 at 12:00 AM  Alberta gets the word directly from the horses mouth.  James Cameron spent a couple of days in Northern AB touring bitumen (oilsands) mining and reclamation sites.  Part of his visit included a sit down with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach (sorry about that James) and a live press conference in Edmonton.  I would have to say I was pleasantly surprised with Cameron's statements and position about development of the oilsands. Topics: energy, sustainability        53 Comments Read Full Post

Alternative Fuels: Part 3 Bio-diesel

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 26 at 6:00 AM  Most bio-diesel is a fuel mixture made of animal fats, corn or waste cooking oil in combination with diesel fuel. The percentage of mix is dependent on the application in which it is being used. Most bio-diesel is 5% bio-oil and 95% diesel. All of the additives in bio-diesel are filtered and cleaned to ensure that they do not cause harm to any of the mechanical components of the engines. The best part of this is that it reduces green house gas emissions by up to 60% depending on what was used to create the mixture. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        14 Comments Read Full Post

Alternative Fuels: Part 2 Ethanol

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 10 at 8:00 AM  An alternative fuel that has been around for more than a decade is ethanol. My personal experience with ethanol is limited. Every now and then I see a decal on the side of a S.U.V. while walking downtown claiming ethanol capabilities. I truly have never actually seen a recreational vehicle running on one of the many various mixes of ethanol and gas. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        13 Comments Read Full Post

Alternative Fuels - Part 1 Hydrogen

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 4 at 10:00 AM  Our reliance on oil and gas never dissipates, even with alternative fuels that have been around for years. These alternative fuels seem to come and go as quickly as they were developed. The most recent to be publicly broadcasted were: Hydrogen, Ethanol and Bio diesel.

 

Topics: energy, sustainability        10 Comments Read Full Post

Solar Panels in Residential Homes

Posted by Blake Nijs on June 24 at 5:00 PM Homeowners usually dismiss solar panels as a viable energy source as this technology can be very expensive.  Lately companies have started producing more inexpensive solar panels, which people can also lease, in so providing an alternative to paying the full purchase price.  This creates an opportunity for average income homeowners to install solar panels and save an average of 15% on their electricity costs.  Topics: energy, sustainability        22 Comments Read Full Post

Sustainability in Oil & Gas is much more than Environmental Performance

Posted by Stacy Richter on June 23 at 6:00 AM Guest blogger Colin Anton (CHRP, MBA) explains that sustainability in the oil and gas industry means much more than managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions or water usage.  True sustainability in oil and gas also relies on the communities in which we operate. Especially if we are dedicated to a 3BL approach; people, planet, profit. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        14 Comments Read Full Post

Communicating Sustainability in Oil & Gas - Part Dos; Through Mixed Media

Posted by Stacy Richter on June 7 at 6:00 AM In my last post, I looked at communicating sustainability in oil & gas through creative design and we observed what CAPP is doing to change the landscape.  Part II of our review will the importance of communicating sustainability in oil & gas through mixed media.   Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        7 Comments Read Full Post

Communicating Sustainability in Oil & Gas - Part Uno; Through Creative Design

Posted by Stacy Richter on June 1 at 6:00 AM Over the last year I have been pretty critical of Big Oil’s communication efforts; for good reasons. I have been pretty active on Twitter spreading ideals like transparency, trust, authenticity and engagement.  Those demonstrating the opposite have no doubt received a tongue lashing and those communicating with these ideals as a backbone have, well, likely gone unnoticed.   Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post

Propogating Poor Image; The Bain of the Oil Sands

Posted by Stacy Richter on May 25 at 10:00 PM Our continuing research into the effect of media on the overall image of the oil and gas industry affirms that web media is the bain of the Oil Sands.  A study published by the CanadaWest Foundation (CWF) confirms our earlier declarations; The oil and gas industry is getting crushed in online media. Topics: energy        11 Comments Read Full Post

How Social Media exasperated BP’s image after the Gulf spill.

Posted by Stacy Richter on May 10 at 3:15 PM  In February, guest blogger Gina Miller from @DMDInsight provided us with a detailed snap shot of social media in oil and gas.  The snap shot included analysis comparing share of voice, share of media type and social media breakdown between Exxon and BP.

Lots has happened since February (read: Gulf Coast Oil Spill) and the social media sphere has been going crazy with content.  Our follow up analysis demonstrates how quickly and drastically the discussion changes with world events.  The Gulf oil spill is a terrible disaster indeed.  Never before has the news traveled the world as quickly as it has since the proliferation of social media.

Topics: energy, sustainability        10 Comments Read Full Post

Social Media in Oil & Gas: A Snap Shot

Posted by Jason Warnock on February 11 at 2:00 PM We asked DMD Insight Managing Partner, Gina Miller, to weigh in with her thoughts on the ongoing Social Media debate in the Energy sector.  She has provided an interesting and often times detailed snap shot into the activity within the Oil and Gas producer market as well as the importance and underlining principals of a good Social Media campaign.   

Topics: energy, information_technology, strategy        12 Comments Read Full Post

Is there room for Social Media in Oil and Gas?

Posted by Stacy Richter on January 29 at 1:30 AM  The short answer is YES.  The larger questions are WHY? HOW? And for WHOM?  I had the pleasure of speaking about ‘Understanding Social Media’ at the Social Media Forum hosted by CAPP (@OilGasCanada) this past Tuesday.   The forum presented discussion topics such as CAPP’s Social Media Plan,  Pumptalk Blog Experience, and Mind the Gap. Topics: energy, strategy        19 Comments Read Full Post

Are Canadian Oil Sands Worth Environmental Impact? – Tips to managing PR in Oil and Gas

Posted by Stacy Richter on November 17 at 4:30 PM
No Oil. I Want Off Oil. You would never know that these are taglines from a marketing campaign by a carpet manufacturer exhibiting at the Greenbuild Conference and Exhibition last week in Phoenix, AZ. You also may or may not be surprised about a segment that aired on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer) questioning if the impact of producing the oil sands is worth it.
Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        6 Comments Read Full Post

Oil Sands focus shifting to Environment and Communication

Posted by Stacy Richter on October 9 at 11:20 AM I had the pleasure of attending the Oil Sands Conference and Exhibition late last month and was pleasantly surprised. I was surprised to find out how much the oil and gas industry is actually doing to reduce their impact on the environment. The two biggest topics for discussion were water usage and communication.
Topics: energy, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post

Solving Climate Change is Simple; Less People = Less Pollution... Really.

Posted by Stacy Richter on September 18 at 11:30 AM I stumbled across a topic about solving climate change and was really bothered initially. There are a number of factions that support population control as a means of affecting climate change. When I read about the subject, I immediately began to write my thoughts of disgust that someone could suggest that a person should or could not have children on account of the increased emissions that would occur.
Topics: energy, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post

Greenwashing the Oil and Gas industry.

Posted by Stacy Richter on August 5 at 5:15 PM I was reading the summer edition of the Oil and Gas Magazine (which I recommend if you’re in the industry) and something caught my attention. I came across an advertorial for a product claiming a certain level of green product certification from a third party institute. I don’t have a quarrel with either organization (but both will remain nameless) save one; the level of greenwashing in the advert is misleading.
Topics: energy, sustainability        2 Comments Read Full Post

Cap and Trade: Follow up with David Collyer, President of CAPP

Posted by Stacy Richter on May 15 at 11:14 AM David Collyer, President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) held an online discussion through the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. Mr. Collyer responded to many questions about several issues and I was able to ask David about his thoughts on a cap and trade system versus carbon credits or a carbon tax.
Topics: energy, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Oilsands Opinion Poll Reveals Staggering Results

Posted by Stacy Richter on May 12 at 12:00 PM Byron Chu of the Daily Oil Bulletin reported that the Oil and Gas Industry conducted it's own opinon poll about Canadians' perception of the industry. The results are not surprising;
Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Cap and Trade; Good for Environment, Good or Bad for Business?

Posted by Stacy Richter on April 30 at 10:15 PM Like most, I found myself increasingly interested in how the “Cap and Trade” system actually works and what effect it would have on overall business. To provide a little perspective, the EPA issued a memo on Apr 23 on how the Agency will meet its “heightened commitment to transparency.”
Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        8 Comments Read Full Post

Design Green Now at Parsons

Posted by Carla Colon on April 17 at 12:00 AM Design Green Now wrapped its May panel series this week at Parsons the New School for Design.  Modearted by Metropolis editor-in-chief Susan Szenazy, the New Approaches to Energy event, featured a diverse group of expert panelists, each with unique insights on the energy crisis.
Topics: energy, leadership, sustainability        7 Comments Read Full Post

Rallying and Volleying at Design Green NOW!

Posted by Annie Millican on April 3 at 6:30 PM Design Green Now launched its three-part series of panel discussions exploring innovations in environmentally responsible design this week at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology. I had the pleasure of attending both events, which invoked the investigative spirit to examine material use and waste reclamation in design... Topics: energy, leadership, leed, recycling, strategy, sustainability        9 Comments Read Full Post

Adbusters pokes the bear

Posted by Jason Warnock on March 12 at 12:00 PM The “Endgame Strategies” Issue of Adbusters points its cheeky finger at the Alberta downstream oil sand producers with an amusing spoof ad on the overused concept that “Green is the New Black”.  Touting the charming URL; albertatarsandsarecleansojustrelaxbecausegreenisthenewblack.com, Adbusters has thumbed its collective nose at Alberta big oil and continues to expose the ongoing failure of the oil sand PR machine.
Topics: energy, strategy        5 Comments Read Full Post

Energy Efficiency begins at the Window

Posted by Jason Warnock on March 2 at 2:00 PM As the new economic stimulus package goes into law and the nearly $20 billion earmarked for programs like improving the efficiency of government buildings and the homes of the poor stays  focused at trying to find better ways to save energy, perhaps the easiest place to start is at the window.  Topics: energy, sustainability        1 Comment Read Full Post

Alberta PR Machine spins too slowly for Obama’s Canadian Visit

Posted by Jason Warnock on February 19 at 6:00 PM With US President meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper today to discuss the oil sands and the current Canadian initiatives to cap and sequester the carbon emissions of this perceived “dirty oil”, Alberta’s public relations reacts with new rules on water and site reclamation.  Too little too late? Topics: energy, leadership, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

Alberta's "Dirty Oil" is in Obama's Sights

Posted by Jason Warnock on February 9 at 2:00 PM With President Obama's campaign talk of Alberta's oil sands as an "open question" in regards to how this will fit in to the new US cleaner energy plan, Canada's most oil rich province should take notice.  As the oil sand process of extraction often produces 3X as much carbon as traditional drilling the commitment of Alberta's upstream development companies should be focused on finding cleaner ways to do business. Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post
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