ASPO Conference 2012: 30.5.-1.6., Vienna

This years conference of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) will take place in Vienna from 30th May to 1st June. ASPO is hugely important for the investigation of the geological fundamentals of peak oil. Dr. Werner Zittel, working at the LBST and member of the Energywatchgroup in Germany, part of ASPO, will be one of the speakers. He has written an updated report on peak oil, gas and coal in 2010, funded within the project “Save our Surface” and has released a report on metal availabilites in 2012, funded by the project “Feasible Futures“.

The conference website is

Topics are:

  • The Future of Energy Supply and Demand
  • The Decline of Conventional Oil & Gas
  • Europe´s Shale-Gas Perspective
  • The Availability of Fossil Energy
  • The geopolitical Perspective of Energy supply and infrastructure
  • Economical and Societal Consequences of the Second Half of the Oil Age
  • Strategy Options: Resilience & Transformation
  • Peak Oil & Urban Design

Land and Resource Scarcity. Capitalism, Struggle and Well-being in a World without Fossil Fuels

To Be Published 31st December 2012 by Routledge – 224 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Environmental Policy

Edited by Andreas Exner, Peter Fleissner, Lukas Kranzl, Werner Zittel

This book brings together geological, biological, radical economic, technological, historical and social perspectives on peak oil and other scarce resources. The contributors to this volume argue that these scarcities will put an end to the capitalist system as we know it and alternatives must be created. The book combines natural science with emancipatory thinking, focusing on bottom up alternatives and social struggles to change the world by taking action. The volume introduces original contributions to the debates on peak oil, land grabbing and social alternatives, thus creating a synthesis to gain an overview of the multiple crises of our times.

The book sets out to analyse how crises of energy, climate, metals, minerals and the soil relate to the global land grab which has accelerated greatly since 2008, as well as to examine the crisis of profit production and political legitimacy. Based on a theoretical understanding of the multiple crises and the effects of peak oil and other scarcities on capital accumulation, the contributors explore the social innovations that provide an alternative.

Using the most up to date research on resource crises, this integrative and critical analysis brings together the issues with a radical perspective on possibilites for future change as well as a strong social economic and ethical dimension. The book should be of interest to researchers and students of environmental policy, politics, sustainable development and natural resource management.

ÖGUT-Energieexperte warnt vor Rezession durch hohen Ölpreis

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Preise über 120 Dollar je Fass seien geeignet, die Weltwirtschaft in eine Rezession zu stürzen, sagt ÖGUT-Energieexperte Michael Cerveny.

Unter der Oberfläche ist aber einiges in Bewegung. Nicht jeder Jugendliche ist, anders als noch vor wenigen Jahren, auf den Führerschein fixiert. Statt dem Auto gibt es andere Prioritäten. Das macht doch Mut. (Michael Cerveny)

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Metallverknappung betrifft Energiewende – Forschungsprojekt “Feasible Futures”


München und Klagenfurt, 12. März 2012

Das vom Österreichischen Klima- und Energiefonds (KLIEN) der Österreichischen Bundesregierung geförderte Forschungsprojekt „Feasible Futures“ untersucht, in welchem Ausmaß Versorgungskrisen bei fossilen und metallischen Stoffen die Wende hin zu erneuerbaren Energien beeinflussen und vielleicht gefährden. Erste Projektergebnisse sind nun auf der Website verfügbar.
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Metal Scarcities Influence Renewable Energy Transition – Research Project “Feasible Futures”


Munich and Klagenfurt, 6. March 2012

The research project „Feasible Futures“, funded by the Austrian Climate- and Energyfund (KLIEN) of the Austrian Federal Government, investigates how supply crises of fossil and metal resources might influence and endanger the transition to renewable energies. First project results now are available in English at the website
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Start of POGAR – a project on peak oil and gas resilience

This blog documents a research project on peak oil and gas resilience that has just started. The project will last until June 2013. Besides our own research, we will mainly bring together information on resilience debates, especially with a view on peak oil and gas.