News and insights

Ratings update: Total, Uganda (Aug 2016)

Progress towards a long-awaited export pipeline is welcome news for Uganda’s oil industry – but politics could still hold things up.

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Brexit: full steam to uncertainty (May 2016)

With the referendum on the UK’s EU membership looming, our senior advisors look at what Brexit could mean for energy and extractives firms.

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Coal and climate change (Apr 2016)

Polluting relic of the past or cheap and plentiful source of energy? Critical Resource analyses what the future holds for the coal industry in a 2°C world.

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Ratings update: Newmont, Peru (Apr 2016)

As Newmont steps back from Conga, Critical Resource reflects on the financial risks that stakeholder opposition poses to mining projects in Peru.

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Working through the downturn (May 2015)

Creating local jobs is good for companies’ ‘license to operate’ – but what approach should extractive firms take in a commodity price downturn? A snapshot from a recent client assignment.

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Selling coal to Newcastle (Mar 2014)

With new energy developments from shale gas to wind farms facing strong opposition, how has England’s biggest surface coal mine overcome local objections?

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2014’s resource projects to watch (Feb 2014)

We take a brief look at four natural resource stories likely to be high profile in 2014 due to stakeholder risk: Las Bambas, South African mining, UK shale, and Myanmar oil

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Responding to resource nationalism (May 2013)

How should resource companies respond to resource nationalists such as Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández? This article outlines a few tools and tactics that companies should consider.

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A fertile prospect? (Mar 2013)

Will Sirius Minerals be able to negotiate the challenge of developing its major potash mine in a protected area of north east England?

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Developing local suppliers: getting it right (Jan 2013)

Government’s are increasingly pressuring resource firms to develop local supply chains. Critical Resource provides tips on how to design a program that can overcome obstacles and strengthen support.

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Problems in the pipeline (Aug 2012)

The long-term success of East Africa’s booming oil industry will depend on companies’ ability to navigate a complex web of geopolitical issues

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China brought to book (Jul 2012)

Dambisa Moyo’s new book on China’s impact on commodity markets brings an old debate into the mainstream, but leaves key questions unanswered

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Project insights: Projects near protected areas (Jul 2012)

As resource companies operate in ever more remote regions, the risk of their activities impacting on environmentally protected areas or other ‘biodiversity hotspots’ increases. How should companies manage these issues?

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Northern rocks (Oct 2011)

Two resource projects in the northern UK highlight the commercial importance for companies of responsibly and proactively managing environmental and stakeholder issues

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Russia’s Arctic opening (May 2011)

As Moscow prepares to open the icy waters of the Arctic to offshore drilling, dangers abound. But it’s also a moment of opportunity to get things right.

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Centamin Egypt: on shifting political sands (Mar 2011)

The remarkable ousting of Mubarak is only the first step towards a new order in Egypt. For foreign investors such as Centamin, much will depend on the direction that the revolution now takes

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Refined thinking on oil (Sep 2010)

There’s a commonsense cure for ‘dysfunctional’ energy governance in the US, argues this book. But do commonsense cures and public policy mix?

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Oil CSR brought to book (Apr 2010)

Do oil companies’ CSR efforts get even close to tackling the challenges associated with the industry? A new book takes a pessimistic view

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Relationship difficulties (Sep 2009)

A new book on building strong relations with local communities contains excellent advice – albeit it may not help those who need it most

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‘Brazil’s oil carnival?’ (Apr 2009)

Western energy firms’ access to Brazil’s vast oil fields hinges on complex national political currents – & how well the companies navigate these

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‘From oilsands to quicksands?’ (Jan 2009)

The profitability of huge investments in Canada’s oilsands will hinge not just on the oil price, but on the industry’s response to environmental risks

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A new ‘native’ title (Jan 2009)

A new book on how extractive firms use ‘CSR’ to build relations with indigenous peoples convincingly outlines the problems but less so the solutions

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Hot, flat, crowded – and broke (Nov 2008)

Calls for a ‘green revolution’ in Thomas Friedman’s latest book are spot on, and chime with Barack Obama’s plans. But should both men come down to earth?

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Critical Resource update (Jul 2008)

New associate joins, research on the geopolitics of resources, progress on our risk rating tool LicenseSecure™, and examples of recent work

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Critical Resource update (Dec 2007)

An update on our activities, including examples of recent client projects and commentary in international media.

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‘Storm warning’ (Dec 2007)

Resource firms can make or lose billions of dollars depending on how well they understand stakeholder pressures facing projects.

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Critical Resource update (Sep 2007)

Examples of some recent client projects and media coverage, plus the development of our stakeholder analysis tool.

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‘Shifting battle lines’ (May 2007)

The next few years are likely to see intensifying pressures to toughen the landmark voluntary initiatives on business and human rights.

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‘Much at stake’ (May 2007)

Crises faced by two resource projects illustrate the strategic importance of understanding stakeholder views – and how they may sour.

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Critical Resource update (May 2007)

Examples of recent client projects with a focus on human rights, as well some earlier projects and writing in this area.

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