• What Does the Future Look Like for the Oil and Gas and Energy Sector: The Energy Transition | Ian Phillips

    Distinguished Lecturer Ian Phillips considers the future of the oil and gas industry from two perspectives–an industry well-poised to meet the world’s future energy demands but increasingly challenged to find its place in the energy transition.

    The first half paints a picture of an industry in extremely good health and with an exciting future. The global population continues to grow and individuals’ standard of living continues to rise–demand for energy is growing steadily. Despite this growing demand, global proven reserves have risen as technology improves. In addition, we know there is a lot more oil and gas in deposits that are currently uneconomic, but a small increase in the oil price would make these “proven reserves.” In a nutshell, the industry might have a bright future.

    The second half presents the significant obstacle: summarizing the science of climate change and considering what happened when temperatures rose this high in the past. The emerging alternatives, renewables, energy efficiency, and some dramatic scientific advances in “clean hydrocarbons,” will also be reviewed.

    It closes with an assessment of the impact of these competing forces on the oil and gas industry, the developed world, and the human race.

    This presentation is from the Distinguished Lecturer 2021-22 season.

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  • What Does the Future Look Like for the Oil and Gas and Energy Sector: The Energy Transition | Ian Phillips