Monday 25 September 2023

Nasser warns of North-South divide on energy transition

DHAHRAN, 7 days ago

Amin Nasser, Aramco President and CEO, has called for action to avert a more serious energy crisis and avoid a North-South transition divide.
In a keynote speech today at the 24th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in Calgary, Canada, he highlighted the need for a more realistic and robust transition plan that is multi-source, multi-speed and multi-dimensional. 
He also emphasised the potential consequences of ignoring energy security and affordability issues, while welcoming growing recognition among world leaders that transition planning required pragmatic and proportionate solutions that reflect different countries’ economic and energy situations. 
On the risk of a global energy transition divide, Nasser said: “While much of the Global North is focusing on environmental sustainability, the priority for many in the Global South is economic survival. Transition planning has not sufficiently recognised this clear need for distinctive solutions, and a widening divide is an inevitable result.”
He also commented on the danger of phasing out conventional energy prematurely, and said: “The current transition shortcomings are already causing mass confusion across industries that produce and/or rely on energy. Long-term planners and investors do not know which way to turn. It is increasing the risk of acute supply-demand imbalances in conventional energy and, therefore, an even more serious energy crisis where countries and people, not just assets, are stranded.”
About the scale of the transition challenge, Nasser said: “We are talking about the complete transformation of a $100 trillion global economy today. One that is likely to roughly double in size by 2050, with close to an additional two billion energy consumers. In short, the re-invention of our entire energy-based way of life in less than 30 years. Let us be inspired by that, but understand it means making history.”
The World Petroleum Congress continues until September 21 and the theme this year is, “Energy Transition: The Path to Net Zero”.
During this year’s event, the World Petroleum Council presented Nasser with the Dewhurst Award, which recognises leaders who have made an exceptional impact on the global oil, gas and energy industry.
Nasser is only the 12th recipient of the award in the nearly 90-year history of the council. --OGN / TradeArabia News Service


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