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  • Intel Restructuring Initiative and Massive Layoffs (Spotlight)
  • Total Proposes New Organization (Oil and Gas)
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Vol.4, No.17, April 24, 2016

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In March 2016, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, appointed Red from the Angry Birds as the Honorary Ambassador for Green. The campaign, which features the globally renowned mobile game character, encourages young people to take action on Climate Change.

To commemorate this special event, UN issued a new Personalized event sheet on 22 April 2016, to coincide with the signing of the Climate Change Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters.

April 22, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Organizers started Earth Day in response to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 18-22).

To celebrate Earth Week and John Muir’s consciousness raising, this week SEU is publishing photographs of America’s National Parks (thanks DOI) along with our favorite John Muir quotes.

As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words, so the pictures will be the message this week and with a few of the top stories this week (so as not to totally discard the usual Publishers Note format!):

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EU Moves Forward With Digitization

The European Commission presented a set of measures to support and link up national initiatives for the digitization of industry and related services across all sectors and to boost investment through strategic partnerships and networks.

The Commission will set up a European cloud that, as a first objective, will give European professionals a virtual environment to store, manage, analyze and re-use a big amount of research data with €50 billion of public and private investments.

EC Sets Out Path to Digitize European Industry/Spotlight

The European Commission introduced the Energy Union package with the aim “to give EU consumers – households and businesses – secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy”. The integration of electricity and gas markets provides substantial macro-economic benefits, but the regional implementation projects are delayed, mainly due to inadequate governance.

Key Decisions Needed by EU to Realize a Fully Integrated Energy Market/ Utility

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Oil Markets Continue To Look For A Solution To Low Price Environment

OPEC and Non-OPEC members failed to reach agreement on freezing oil production. Saudi Arabia walked out of the meeting.

Iran’s Minister of Petroleum said Tehran supports the oil freeze plan, but reiterated that the country will not give up on regaining its historical right and share in the global oil markets.

No Deal in Doha/ Oil and Gas

Global oil demand is expected to rise 900 mb/d in 2016, 800 mb/d lower than growth seen in 2015. Lagging demand combined with persistent supply will result in Brent crude prices at $50/bbl by the end of 2017.

Oil Prices Expected To Rebound Slowly Through 2017/Oil and Gas

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Retrenchments Continue

Total’s new Strategy and Innovation Division will focus on Climate Change strategies. The aim is to deploy the new Gas, Renewables & Power and the revamped corporate organization on September 1, 2016.

Total Proposes New Organization /Oil and Gas

Intel’s restructuring initiative is to accelerate its evolution from a PC company to the cloud and IoT. Intel plans to lay off 12,000 people by mid-2017. This action is in response to dwindling revenue from the current core PC business.

Intel Restructuring Initiative and Massive Layoffs/Spotlight

Direct headcount expected to reduce by around 3,000 in 2016; reduction of around 800 in the first three months of the year. Centrica said this is in response to falling revenues in the generation and distribution business, as Centrica struggles to reorganize its operations

Centrica Plans Massive Layoffs/Utility

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Shall We Stay or Shall We Go………………

George Osborne presents U.K. Treasury’s Analysis of economic benefits of trade and single market of U.K.’s membership in the EU. Quantifiable benefits exceed 100 billion euros per year.

Osborne Presents EU Benefits As Calls For UK To Stay With EU/Smart Grid

The British people are asking for the facts before they decide whether to vote Remain or Leave. The Treasury has provided an assessment of the economic facts, to inform this vital decision for the country.

UK Treasury Report Long-Term Economic Benefits of UK’s EU Membership/Smart Grid

EU membership has ensured that environmental action in the UK has been taken on a faster timetable, and more thoroughly than would otherwise have been the case

EU Membership Benefits UK Environmental Actions/Spotlight

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