Elliot Fishman. Project Director and Report Editor
Phil Hart. Risk Management and Oil Industry Analyst
Joe Hurley. Workshop Facilitator and Urban Planning
1 Executive Summary
2. The Project – Maribyrnong City Council Peak Oil Contingency Plan
2.2 Project Objective
2.3 Project Process
2.4 About this Report
3 Context – Peak Oil and Oil Vulnerability
3.1 Peak Oil
3.2 Responding to Peak Oil – Current Examples
3.3 Maribyrnong Council and Community Profile
4 The Process – Maribyrnong City Council Peak Oil Contingency Planning
4.1 Identifying Representative Service Areas
4.2 Workshop Scenarios
4.3 Risk Assessment Process
5 Representative Service Area Risk Profiles
6 Trigger Points
7 Themes and Recommendations
Appendix One – Condensed Recommendations
Appendix Two – Council Fuel Use
Appendix Three – Food Security
The Green Momentum Group and Bristol City
Council wish to thank:
• The peak oil taskforce for compiling the report: Simone Osborn (author), Dan Green,
Peter Lipman, Kate Hoare, Susan Warren, James Durie
• Inez Aponte for the future scenarios
• All the individuals and organisations who provided information or feedback for the
Part 1 –
Peak oil and its significance for Bristol
Part 2 –
1. Peak oil in Bristol
2. Cross sector implications
3. Transport and mobility
6. Public services
7. Key economic sectors
8. Power and utilities
Part 3 –
Options for action
1. An introduction to peak oil
2. Alternative fuels
3. UK natural gas, coal and electricity
4. Who else is considering the issue of peak oil
5. Portland, Oregon peak oil resolution
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