Demand for energy is expected to increase by up to 45% between now and 2035, so the industry must maintain secure and sustainable methods of production to limit any waste of valuable resources.
With around £13 billion of capital expected to be invested in the UKCS this year, the oil and gas industry is working hard to ensure production remains on target to meet global energy challenges and demands for vast supplies of hydrocarbons in the future, whilst prioritising environmental support in areas of production.
From the way oil and gas is extracted offshore to how it is distributed onshore, waste is avoided wherever possible. More businesses are investing in energy efficient buildings and work spaces, taking steps such as encouraging a paperless work environment or installing motion detection lights in an office.
Whether operators are investing in advancing subsea technologies to allow production to be closer to offshore reservoirs than ever before, or implementing new workshop and office initiatives, how the oil and gas industry is run is constantly improving.
But it isn’t just the industry who must pay attention to saving energy- consumers must also be aware of their own usage and needs, as has been illustrated this week. Advice on energy efficiency has been made freely available to households and consumers over the past five days as part of the Citizen Advice Bureau’s Big Energy Saving Week.
Here are a few of our favourite domestic energy saving tips and the numbers behind them.
Don’t waste water
One dripping tap can waste more than 5,500 litres of water a year, that’s enough water wasted to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer.
Boiling a full kettle takes three times longer than boiling a mug of water. Try filling your mug with water and pour that water into a kettle, for the exact amount you need and get your cuppa much quicker.
Cover up cooking food
Keeping a lid on a saucepan can cut the energy required to cook food by up to 90% and also takes around 30% less time to get your dinner from pot to plate.
Wrap up warm
If you’re feeling the chill and only wearing one of layer of clothing, pop on a jumper rather than cranking up the thermostat; you can add 3 degrees to your personal body heat by doing so.
If you’re short of a cosy winter jumper, now would be a good time to take up knitting or embrace the revival of tacky Christmas jumpers. Or not.