19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: Xi, Xi, Xi, Xi and Xi!

19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: Xi, Xi, Xi, Xi and Xi!

On Wednesday, October 18th, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will very likely see President Xi Jinping further bolster his position as one of the most powerful leaders in modern Chinese history, even in the worldwide political [...]

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , |

Wealth at risk due to stranded assets in developing countries

Recent research papers (from the IMF and the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies) discuss the “stranded assets” issues to which developing countries being highly dependent on fossil fuels are particularly exposed:

“To achieve climate change goals, the world must cut consumption of fossil fuels dramatically. But climate change success may put developing [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis, Map|Tags: , , , , |

U.S. Primary Energy Consumption vs. GDP

A recent report analyzed Sustainable Energy in America “Traditional energy sources are declining, while energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy are playing a larger role. Utilities are ramping up investments in electricity and natural gas transmission, helping to create a more reliable energy system. The U.S. economy is accomplishing more with less energy: GDP [...]

By |February 10th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , |

Agricultural impact of climate change and beyond

Will this new year reach a new temperature record? While some (rarer and rarer, though) science dissenters are still doubtful of the evidence, claiming for one extra tenth of percentage of certainty (reminding some psychological denial in front of the disaster more than sane scientist dubiety), year after year – nearly month after month – [...]

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

Germany beyond expectations… for long?

This morning, the German Federal Statistical Office released a new set of figures indicating that the price-adjusted gross domestic product grew by 1.9% on annual average in 2016. This is the strongest growth rate since 2011 (+3.7%) and half a percentage point higher than the average of the last ten years (+1.4%). The main driver [...]

GDP impact of the renewable energy extension

About IRENA: IRENA is an intergovernmental association. It rallies 176 countries: 145 members and 31 associated.  Its task is to promote the adaption and the sustainable us of renewable energy.

This study analyses the possible links between energy system and the world’s economy.

The aim is to quantify the socio-economic benefits of renewable energy, according to their [...]

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: Map|Tags: , |

Impact of oil price collapse on OPEC budgets

Budget balance as percentage of GDP, 2014

In 2014, as oil prices began to plummet, OPEC members Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia ran healthy surpluses, while Angola, Algeria, Iran, Nigeria, Ecuador and (arguably) Iraq had small yet manageable deficits. Venezuela had an existing budget problem resulting mainly from economic mismanagement.

Budget balance as percentage of [...]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Durable goods ownership in China

China data illustrate how higher incomes spur demand for durable goods, and consequently, demand for energy. Today, 40 out of 50 Chinese homes have refrigerators, compared with 1 in 50 in 1985.
Source: ExxonMobil. The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040. January 2016.


By |January 27th, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , , |

The Economic Impact of Climate Change

Economic impact of climate change as percentage change in GDP per capita

Estimates for the year 2100, relative to a projection using constant 1980–2010 average temperatures.


Projected effect of temperature changes on regional economies

Effects over time for nine regions. Black lines are projections using point estimates, red shaded areas correspond to a 95% confidence interval, and [...]

By |October 27th, 2015|Categories: Map|Tags: , |