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The oil and gas industry: from Rio to Johannesburg and beyond - contributing to sustainable development

April 2003

Ten years after the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, heads of state, civil servants, journalists, NGO representatives and business leaders converged on Johannesburg for another landmark meeting, there was no shortage of points of view. These were aired, examined and argued from an infinite variety of perspectives. There is, however, one common thread uniting the delegates in all their diversity: each and every one of them, along with billions of other people around the world, relies on oil or gas in some form or another to provide the power to keep them mobile, nourished, comfortable, safe, well-lit and in communication with each other and the rest of the world 24 hours a day. This report shows how, working within local cultures, the oil and gas industry is helping to produce more affordable, accessible and increasingly cleaner energy than ever before. This energy - currently 63 per cent of the world’s primary needs - is a source of heat, light, mobility and communications for billions of people around the world.

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