Commodity Updates: Oil

ESG for the Energy Sector


Published on: January 06, 2021

Commodity Update - December 2020

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), or sustainable investing, have gained significant importance over the past decade in all business sectors, with investment groups viewing ESG as a critical factor for decision making. Apart from investment group communities, ESG has gathered significant interest across government bodies as they push organizations toward more sustainability in their business models.

December 2020

ESG's by Stock Exchanges - A Big Picture


Published on: January 06, 2021

Commodity Update - December 2020

Sustainability challenges exist globally, such as flood risk, melting glaciers resulting in accelerated sea-level rise, frequent wildfires, rising temperatures, longer drought periods. Apart from this, there are other social issues corruption crackdown, tax transparency, governance reform, privacy and data security risks, labour practices, business ethics with regulatory risks varying from region to region. To address all these issues, investors and shareholders look to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting as a door to the future. ESG analysis and reporting have received increasing interest from investment professionals such as banks, investment companies, and high-net-worth investors. According to Sustainalytics, the Principles for Responsible Investment has grown from 63 signatories with USD 6.5 trillion in assets under management in 2006 to more than 3000 signatories with over USD 103 trillion in assets under management in 2020 (Sustainalytics, 2020). All of these 3000 signatories have pledged to incorporate ESG issues into investment decision-making processes.


Market Access - Oil Export Pipelines in Western Canada


Published on: October 06, 2020

Crude Oil Commodity Update - September 2020

The quality characteristics of Canadian oil reserves, such as density and sulfur content, vary widely across the country. Around 64% of total Canadian oil production comes from oil sands regions in Alberta, approximately 3 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d). The remaining production comes from conventional, offshore, and tight oil resources. Crude oil produced in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador accounts for 98% of the total oil produced in Canada (NRCAN, 2020) ......

September 2020

Future Options for Alberta's Bitumen Resources


Published on: March 27, 2020

Crude Oil Commodity Update - April 2020

Bitumen reserves in Alberta are the third-largest oil reserves in the world, after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. At present, over 90 percent of oil, including bitumen, is converted into combustion products. The market for combustion products is experiencing a period of slow growth, even decline in some regions, due to the changes driven by various factors including climate change concerns, electrification of transportation, and global regulations regarding the use of petroleum-based fuels. Diversifying oil uses and finding new/expanded markets for non-combustion products from bitumen are attractive strategies that work well whether the demand for combustibles goes up or down. In general, three main categories of non-combustion products from bitumen are producible through different process technologies, which include organic (e.g., asphalt, polymers and carbon fibre), inorganic (e.g., metals and minerals), and combinations. This article reviews carbon fibre and its combination products.

April 2020

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