International Workshop on Oil Depletion 
Uppsala, Sweden, May 23-25, 2002
Organised by Uppsala University and ASPO,the Association for the Study of Peak Oil 

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Program (open )
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Registration form: (word.doc)
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Invited speakers:

The assessment and importance of oil depletion Colin J. Campbell, Ireland (ODAC) Abstract
U.S. Energy Policy Issues Matt Simmons, Houston, USA Abstract
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Russian oil and gas: A realistic assessment Ray C. Leonard, Yukos Oil, Moscow, Russia Abstract
Middle East view of the oil situation Ali Bakhtiari, Iran Abstract
Norwegian Experience Eric Mathiesen , Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Modelling future liquids production from extrapolation of the past and from ultimates Jean Laherrere, France Abstract
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Past oil forecasts, and the "Limits to Growth" message  Roger W. Bentley, UK (ODAC) Abstract
An Overview of US Hydrocarbon Supply 
and the Possible Impact of New Alaskan Reserves
Jeremy Gilbert, Irland  Abstract
The Depletion of the North Sea and its Significance for Europe Peter Gerling, Bundesanstalt fuer Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Germany Abstract
Renewable Energy in Europe - Past and Fututure Werner Zittel, Ottobrunn, Germany  Abstract
Consideration on Renewable Electric Energy Systems Mats Leijon, Uppsala, Sweden Abstract
Raising awareness of the issue  Sara Astor, London, UK  
Building Limited Fossil Energy Supplies into the World Monetary System Richard Douthwaite Abstract
Climate Change and Oil Depletion Rui Rosa (Evora University), Portugal Abstract
Climate Change and Oil Depletion: 
Opportunities for a Common Cure?
Jurgen Lefevre, Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), UK Abstract
The Western geopolitics of energy supply: 
a short-sighted approach to the global energy shift 
Susanne Peters, Giessen University, Germany. Abstract
Summary  Kjell Aleklett, Uppsala, Sweden Abstract
Submitted contributions to the workshop

Impact of oil depletion in Sweden Gunnar Agfors, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering
Coming Oil crisis - will there be some surviving? Pavel Stroev, Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, Denmark Abstract
Ruralisation, a possible planning method to avoid impacts from reduced energy input Folke Günther, Lund University, Sweden Abstract
Economics and Peak Oil: lessons from offshore.
Maarten van Mourik, Karmsund, Norway

The workshop is open for additional contributions. 
Abstracts on contributions can be sent to Kjell Aleklett.


Organizing Committee: 
Prof. K. Aleklett, Uppsala, Sweden, chairman 
Dr. R.W.Bentley, London, U. K.
Dr. C. J. Campbell, Cork, Ireland
Dr. Klaus Illum, Denmark
Prof. S. Kullander, Uppsala, Sweden
Prof. M. Leijon, Uppsala, Sweden

ASPO Representatives (adviser committee).
Dr H. Fechner, Austria, Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal Ges.m.b.H. 
Dr Prof. F-W Wellmer, Germany, Bundesanstalt fur Geowischenshaften und Rorstof
Prof W. Blendinger, Germany Clausthal University
Dr W. Zittel, Germany, L-B Systemstechnik
Dr C. Sage, Ireland, University College, Cork
Mr O. Kristiansen, Norway, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Mr J. Karlsen, Norway, Rogaland Research, Prof. R Rosa, Portugal Geophysical Centre, Evora University
Prof. M.Coleman United Kingdom, University of Reading

The workshop is sponsored by:
The Swedish Energy Agency 
The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering
Stena AB
Uppsala city
Uppsala University  


The Workshop has been organised to address the impact of resource constraints and natural depletion on the global supply of oil, one of Europe 's most critical energy sources. 

The Workshop will examine geological mechanisms of oil generation, the processes of extraction, and the nature of depletion as imposed by reservoir physics. 

The workshop will address also the unreliable nature of public data on oil reserves, the record of past oil forecasts, and the misunderstanding of the 'Limits to Growth' message of the 1970s. It will question the ability of conventional economics to handle a rapidly depleting resource, and draw attention to the impact of oil's decline on Europe's economic situation. It will ask why governments are not better informed, and why they fail to make appropriate preparations to ease the impact of the transition from growing to declining oil supply, which is likely to be a major historical discontinuity. 

The Workshop will conclude with recommendations for remedying past failures in understanding the issue, and with proposals for improving the database, and for working towards a new system for managing oil depletion, a subject too serious to be left to market forces, or the sole interests of producer countries. 

In short, the Workshop aims to address one of the critical near-term issues affecting Mankind.