2023 Energy Landscape & Outlook


A look back at 2022 and outlook for 2023 By Carla Lacerda

A swe evaluate 2022 events in the energy sector therewere some surprises, some accelerationofwhat was already brewing in the background, identification of opportunities, and validation of the challenges ahead 2022 Reflections: The debate about Energy Security vs Energy Transition reached a new level due to repercussions of the Ukraine invasion and destabilization of supply/demand especially to Europe. Only two years post-COVID, when oil and gas companies had significantly reduced spending and project development, global production could not keep up with demand once Russian supply was impacted. Events validated that fossil fuels will continue to be important sources of energy. Affected countries rushed to find solutions, not all of them easy nor affordable. As an example, Germany was significantly impacted, yet showed resilience in rationing, efficiency gains, and quick construction of LNG terminals plus filling natural gas storage for winter Bringing on renewables to fill the gap has helped, but not solved the problem. The onshore/offshore wind and solar power sectors have been affected by supply chain issues, higher costs, slow approval of licenses, in addition to strained reliance on critical minerals, also needed for EV batteries. There is good news in that regulatory frameworks for offshore wind are evolving in countries that have identified significant potential (North Sea, US Northeast Coast, Brazil). More dialogue is also happening on use of hydrogen and re-evaluating nuclear power Global alignment on solutions to Climate Change remains a challenge, as seen by the mixed results of COP-27 in Egypt. Decarbonization efforts will be hard for many countries, such as coal usage increased when supply of alternative fuel was not available. Each country will prioritize its own interests. However, there are growing attempts for clarity between roles of Developed vs Developing nations, and Private vs Public sectors Increased public perception of the need for a balanced energy equation. There is a growing consumer interest in goods and services supplied by companies with environmental and socially responsible track records. More emphasis on ESG related topics is taking place at investor meetings and Board Level engagements


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