The year 2020 has brought unanticipated change to every sector and energy is no exception. With much of Canada’s current economic system reliant on hydrocarbon energy, it is more prudent than ever to examine how our hydrocarbon resources can be useful sources of opportunity and prosperity in a low-carbon future. Meanwhile, attracting capital is a major priority for the energy industry, a crisis made even more urgent by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price collapse in the first quarter of 2020.
Building on the GLOBE Advance session on future-fit hydrocarbons at GLOBE 2020, the work of the Energy Futures Lab and other actors on related innovation, and ongoing developments in transition finance (an emerging pathway for organizations to raise capital to transition emissions-intensive sectors, facilities, and projects to lower-carbon alternatives), this session explores:
- What innovation pathways are key to making Canada’s hydrocarbon resources fit for the future?
- In light of global investors’ increasing concern with climate change and growing appetite for low-emissions/transition-oriented opportunities, how might transition finance support innovation for future-fit hydrocarbons?
- How might we attract greater investment into innovation and infrastructure for future-fit hydrocarbons?
- Jamie Bonham, Director, Corporate Engagement, NEI
- Jon Mitchell, Vice President, Sustainability, Suncor
- Erin Romanchuk, Director of Partnerships, Energy Futures Lab
- John Zhou, Vice President of Clean Resources, Alberta Innovates
- Chad Park, Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators
- Matt Beck, Director, The Delphi Group