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Publications and websites

The post-oil era for the uninitiated

  • La face cachée du pétrole - Éric Laurent - Plon (2006).
    How long will it be before the world’s oil reserves start running out? Éric Laurent has scoured the world from Saudi Arabia to China to the United States seeking answers to this tricky question. His book dissects the host of geopolitical issues surrounding black gold, from the 1973 oil crisis to the collapse of the USSR to the 11 September 2001 attacks and America’s invasion of Iraq.

  • Energy Autonomy: the economic, social and technological case for renewable energy - Hermann Scheer – Earthscan/James & James, ISBN 1-84407 (2006).
    Hermann Scheer, German MP and Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy, explains howthe world could achieve energy self-sufficiency.

  • L'énergie à l'heure des choix - Pierre Papon - Belin (2007).
    This exhaustive analysis of the potential of the major non-hydrocarbon energy sectors critically appraises technology scenarios up to the year 2050.

  • Oil crisis - Colin J. Campbell - Multi Science Publishing (2005).
    After demonstrating, more than a decade ago, that the oil crisis was imminent (Coming Oil Crisis, 1997), controversial geologist, C.J. Campbell, is back on the attack, proving that this much-feared crisis has indeed arrived and that the world will be hard-pressed to cope with its historic impact. The only hope is renewable energy, especially hydrogen.

  • Towards a Post Carbon Society - European Commission (2007)
    European research on economic incentives and social behaviour. This publication reports on the results and conclusions of a conference held in Brussels on 24 October 2007, which was attended by more than 500 stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

Energy for the experts

  • World energy outlook 2007 - China and India insights - AIE (2007)
    Every year, World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication, extensively analyses medium- and long-term prospects for the world energy market. The 2007 edition undertakes an exhaustive review of the emerging markets of China and India. What impact will their energy choices have on the rest of the world?

  • World Energy Technology Outlook 2050 (WETO H2) - Directorate-General for Research, European Commission (2006
    This European study conducts a detailed analysis of the world’s energy and environmental challenges in the coming 40 years. Based on two different scenarios developed using the POLES simulator, WETO H2 examines the long-term impact of investment in new energy sources and of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
    Made up entirely of OECD members, the IEA was created following the 1973 oil crisis. Now the mandate of the IEA’s 190 officials is to balance energy policy-making worldwide by means of the ‘three E’s’: energy security, economic development and environmental protection.

  • Directorate-General for Energy and Transport
    What European legislation exists on energy? What research is the European Union funding? All the answers can be found on the website of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, together with a mine of other energy-related information.

  • World News Network: Renewable energy
    The renewable energy section of World News Network, a news websitesupplied by a host of news media and agencies, provides all the latest information on the renewable energy sector.

  • Association for the study of peak oil & gaz (ASPO)
    This informal network of scientists was created by Colin J. Campbell, the famous geologist and expert on peak-oil issues. ASPO International is an organisation of many different national ASPO organisations. Its aim is to express independent views in a bid to determine the date and impact of the peak and decline of the world’s oil and gas production.

  • European Wind Energy Association (EWA)
    The European Wind Energy Association is a non-profit non-governmental organisation made up of national associations and wind-energy companies. Its aim is to promote wind energy among the general public and decision-makers.

  • International Partnership for Hydrogen Economy (IPHE)
    The IPHE was created in 2003 and has 17 members, including the European Union and the United States. Its aim is to hasten the emergence of the hydrogen society by means of hydrogen-technology research, demonstrations and commercialisation.

  • Solar Electric Power Association
    All you need to know about the production of electricity from solar energy. This site is packed with information on photovoltaics and concentrated solar thermal energy.

  • World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)
    In spite of widespread public support for renewable energies, current levels of investment and interest in fossil fuels and nuclear energy are a major barrier to their introduction. This was the reason for creating the WCRE in 2001 as an international lobby organisation for green energies.

  • EIA Kid’s page
    Where does oil come from? What are geothermics? How is electricity produced? The Kid’s Page site of the United States Government Energy Information Administration (EIA) is packed with energy-related quizzes, games and information sheets. Although it is aimed at children and teachers, it is sure to be of interest to a wider public too. In English only.