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Peak Oil UK: Entering the Age of Oil Depletion

Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Monday, 25 April 2005, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

A one-day conference on the approaching peak and decline in global oil supplies will take place at the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on Monday, 25 April.

Increasingly, analysts are forecasting that global oil production could reach its all-time peak before the end of this decade — mirroring the now established pattern of UK North Sea production, and marking a critical turning point when ever-diminishing supplies will challenge the world’s economic and social well-being as never before.

Amid mounting concern now about rising oil prices and rapidly growing demand, six leading experts will discuss the ‘Peak Oil’ problem and its far-reaching economic, social and political implications.

Former Energy Minister Brian Wilson will give the opening address: Why Britain Needs an Indigenous Energy Policy.

The other speakers will be:

  • Colin Campbell, retired oil industry executive and Chairman of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO): The End of the First Half of the Age of Oil

  • Chris Skrebowski, Trustee of The Oil Depletion Analysis Centre and Editor of the UK Energy Institute’s monthly magazine, ‘Petroleum Review’: Depletion — The Reality in Action

  • Matthew Simmons, Chairman of major US energy investment firm Simmons & Company International: Can Market Efficiency Overcome Depletion? Or Why Economists Don’t Get It

  • David Spaven, Chair of TRANSform Scotland, the campaign for sustainable transport, and a transport consultant: Transport — An Oil Crisis and More

  • Jeremy Leggett, Chief Executive of the UK’s leading solar energy company, solarcentury, and a former oil industry consultant: Half Gone — The Third and Biggest Global Energy Crisis

    After the presentations there will be a roundtable discussion with the speakers, moderated by BBC Radio journalist Mark Stephen.

    The conference is organised by Depletion Scotland, an Edinburgh-based awareness-raising group, with support from The Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC). More than 160 people are expected to attend.

    For more information: Jim Meyer +44 (0)20 7424 0049 E-mail:

    The Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC) is a UK-registered educational charity working to raise international public awareness and promote better understanding of the world’s oil-depletion problem. Further information is available at: