There’s no doubt the transition away from fossil fuels in the coming decades will impact the whole length of the oil and gas supply chain. But even though the shift to green energy is currently slow and incremental, it will only gather pace as governments, energy companies, and indeed whole industries such as aviation, automotive, and manufacturing, accelerate their journeys to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
As we’re seeing, large oil and gas operators are investing significant sums today to meet the anticipated demand of tomorrow’s hydrogen-based global economy.
In fact, according to the Hydrogen Council and McKinsey & Co’s Hydrogen Insights 2023 report, 680 large-scale, global hydrogen projects are due to be operational by 2030. What’s more, the $240bn invested in them represents a 50% increase from November 2021. Proof, if it was needed, that many major energy players are betting on hydrogen – the most abundant element in the universe.
As an aside, it’s worth mentioning the same report also believes it’s unfeasible that use of fossil-fuels will end by 2050 (the year set by the United Nation’s Net Zero Coalition). And this overshoot will lead to a huge expenditure on carbon capture and removal in the 2040s to compensate and off-set continued emissions of hydrocarbons.