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Natural Resources: Italy

May 2017

Italy plays a relatively crucial role in Europe’s energy security, through its sizeable refining operations and its role as a transit hub for crude oil. However, large oil and gas imports expose the country to global oil price fluctuations. Water ...

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Natural Resources: Chile

May 2017

Chile is the world’s largest producer of copper, but the country’s mining sector has faced growing pressure due to weak global commodity prices, rising production costs and stringent social and environmental regulations. The agricultural sector is ...

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Natural Resources: Turkey

May 2017

In the absence of oil and gas reserves, Turkey has to import the majority of its energy requirements. Furthermore, the country is looking to expand coal production, which will add to environmental challenges. Agriculture is a key contributor to the ...

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Natural Resources: Iraq

May 2017

Iraq is a resource-rich country, but years of war and conflict have hindered development of the agricultural, mining and energy sectors. Increase in oil production has not kept up with the fall of oil prices, resulting in large budget deficit and ...

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Natural Resources: South Africa

May 2017

South Africa is a resource-rich country, but the end of the commodity prices boom has put pressure on the country’s coal and mining sector, as well as on the whole economy. The country faces an increasing risk of water shortage, while emissions ...

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Natural Resources: Japan

May 2017

Although Japan’s energy efficiency is the second highest in Asia Pacific, as a leading industrialised nation, the country is also the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally. Furthermore, its geography means that it has somewhat low ...

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Natural Resources: Denmark

May 2017

Denmark has limited natural resources, but it has been a global role model for environmental protection. The country has one of the most energy-efficient economies in the world, while carbon dioxide emissions have declined significantly owing to ...

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Natural Resources: Mexico

May 2017

Mexico relies significantly on the USA to feed its populace and for energy sector success, making the Trump Administration’s protectionist overtures a matter of grave concern. However, its mining industry could see a revival, if foreign investors ...

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Natural Resources: Australia

May 2017

Australia’s stable political landscape makes it a rare prospect amongst net energy exporters, but exorbitant costs and lack of manpower are preventing its energy sector from flourishing further. Furthermore, its mining sector has suffered from low ...

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Global Energy Transformation: A New Energy Context for Business

Apr 2017

There are signs that renewable energy, in particular solar and wind energy, is becoming increasingly disruptive. Falling costs as well as growing pressure from governments and consumers for a change to business as usual will deepen the transition to ...

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Natural Resources: United Kingdom

Apr 2017

As over two-thirds of the United Kingdom (UK) economy is based on services, Brexit will have a significant impact because the UK is highly dependent on imports of natural resources including food, energy, metals and mineral ores. Overall on-going ...

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Natural Resources: USA

Apr 2017

Being endowed with vast natural resources, the USA is the among the world’s leading producers of many agricultural, energy and mining products. Higher energy production capacity has helped to reduce imports and benefited manufacturers, while a strong...

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Natural Resources: India

Apr 2017

While India has abundant natural resources it is unable meet all the needs of its fast-growing economy and population due to inefficiencies, a lack of adequate infrastructure and severe air and water pollution. As a leading grains producer India is a...

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Natural Resources: Nigeria

Apr 2017

As a major oil producer Nigeria’s economy is dominated by fossil fuels. Oil production and gas flaring have significant impacts on air, water and soil quality, as well as being a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Attempts to diversify by ...

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Natural Resources: China

Apr 2017

China is a global powerhouse in agricultural, mining and renewable energy production, backed by the country’s huge, fast-growing domestic market. Years of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation, however, have led to severe environmental problems ...

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Natural Resources: Russia

Apr 2017

Being endowed with vast natural resources, Russia is a global powerhouse in grain, energy and metal production. However, softening commodity prices, Western sanctions and Europe’s gradual shift to cleaner energy have all highlighted Russia’s need to ...

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Natural Resources: United Arab Emirates

Apr 2017

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made ongoing efforts to diversify the economy in order to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions. This has created a growing demand for renewable energy and environmental-friendly ...

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Natural Resources: Germany

Apr 2017

As one of the world’s industrial powerhouses, Germany emits considerable CO2 emissions, whilst it is also a net energy importer. Despite being a major producer of vital crops that enhance its importance to global food security, Germany is a net food ...

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Natural Resources: Indonesia

Apr 2017

Indonesia is endowed with natural resource wealth, making it one of the world’s leading producers of several products including coal, palm oil and rice. Demand for food, energy and clean water is rising, driven by the country’s large domestic market ...

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Natural Resources: Brazil

Apr 2017

With oil discoveries made in its offshore basins in the last decade, Brazil has become a major player in global hydrocarbon production. Its sizeable agricultural sector will ensure that Brazil will be an important actor in both global food and energy...

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