About ODAC and nef

From 30th March 2012, the activities of the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC) were taken over by nef (the new economics foundation) who have agreed to continue ODAC's work to raise international public awareness and promote better understanding of the world's oil-depletion problem.

The website and newsletter will be maintained by nef and continue under the name of ODAC.

ODAC was founded in June 2011 as an independent, UK registered educational charity on the belief that an informed public debate about the likely impacts of depleting oil supplies is critically needed. A growing number of experts now predict that world oil production will reach its ultimate peak within a few years and then start permanently to decline, while the prevailing view of most energy policy-makers and institutions is that near-term oil supply is mainly an economic and geopolitical concern. Under almost any scenario, however, lead time is running short for a smooth transition to new energy systems and a less oil dependent way of life.

ODAC aims to engage public interest, stimulate concern and create momentum for progressive change in energy policy and planning. We seek to do this by:

  • Disseminating available information as effectively as possible to news media, other opinion-formers and leaders, interest groups, and the public at large;
  • facilitating information exchanges between and among interested parties; and
  • monitoring developments in oil-depletion analysis, maintaining an up-to-date information base, and offering an advisory service on oil-depletion issues.

About nef

nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environmental and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.

nef was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits.

ODAC Trustees

Sarah Astor

Co-founder of ODAC and of another UK charity that helps political refugees (Asylum Aid), she was formerly a trustee of a research charity dedicated to sustainable land-use, agriculture and food systems (Elm Farm Research Centre).

Julian Darley

Julian Darley founded and ran Post Carbon Institute, from 2003 to 2008. He is the author of High Noon for Natural Gas: the New Energy Crisis (2004). Julian has an MSc in Environment and Social Research from University of Surrey in the UK, an MA in Journalism and Communications from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Music & Russian.

Roger Harrison

Formerly chairman of a media investment and property company, he was also a non-executive director of three major media companies and chief executive of The Observer newspaper. He is a trustee of several charities, including a social service charity (Toynbee Hall) and Elm Farm Research Centre.

Dr. Richard Miller

A geologist by training (Oxford, Alberta and Cambridge), with early experience in gold mining and uranium, before joining BP in 1985. In BP he had a varied career, primarily as a geochemist. He has been looking at peak oil issues for 15 years, and used to provide an annual in-house report for BP on likely oil productivity out to 2030, before retiring earlier in 2008.

Christopher Patey, MBE (Chairman )

Formerly Head of Public Affairs, Mobil North Sea Limited and author of a book on the history of the company. He is currently Treasurer of the Friends of Southwark Cathedral, and a trustee of the Jubilee Walkway and of Chelsea Opera Group.

Chris Skrebowski

Chris Skrebowski is the founding Director of Peak Oil Consulting, a specialist consultancy helping organisations adapt to the challenges in global energy supply. He is also the Consulting Editor of Petroleum Review, the monthly oil and gas magazine published by the Energy Institute in London.  He has 38 years experience in the oil industry. He formerly edited Petroleum Review, and previous to that Petroleum Economist. He was as an oil market analyst for the Saudis for eight years and started his career in the oil industry as a long-term planner for BP. Chris is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a founding member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO).

David Strahan

An award-winning investigative journalist and documentary film-maker, with many years experience of popularising some of the most difficult and important stories in business and science. He quit the BBC to spend two years researching and writing The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man, published by John Murray Ltd in April 2007.


Colin Campbell

Former Executive Vice President, Fina Exploration, Norway, he is Chairman and Founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) and Visiting Scientist at Uppsala University in Sweden. He has published three books and numerous articles on oil depletion.

Jeremy Leggett

Jeremy Leggett is founder and chairman of Solarcentury, the UK's largest solar solutions company. He was a member of the government's Renewables Advisory Board (2002-6) and has worked in the oil industry and in the environment movement. He is author of The Carbon War (1999) and Half Gone (2005) which cover climate change and peak oil.


ODAC wishes to thank and acknowledge the work of the following regular volunteer contributors who provide essential support to our work - Adam Dadeby, Andoni de Quadra, PJ Stanners. Thank you also to our Commentators and occasional contributors.


ODAC wishes to thank the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation (PPCF)and The Observer Charitable Trust for their financial support to help meet its core costs between 2001 and 2012. Top ^

Last updated: 20-December-11