This event took place on November 9, 2023. Click here to read the 2024 Energy Transition Outlook Survey Report.

The transformation of the global energy sector from carbon-based fuels to zero-carbon resources will take generations to evolve. It is a dynamic process that requires producers and consumers to develop long term strategies balanced with near term flexibility. Many of today's issues will be with us in the years to come. But some challenges and opportunities will only become apparent over time.

On Thursday, November 9th, our Global Energy and Natural Resources team hosted this event at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston to explore two key complexities of this structural shift: the integration of accelerated innovation and ESG.

Featured Keynote Speaker

Ed Hirs, University of Houston Energy Fellow, CEO, Energy Expert

Ed Hirs is a leading energy economist at the University of Houston who consults, lectures, and writes on energy markets, environment, finance, and corporate governance. In 2013, he predicted how OPEC would begin a price war against the U.S. shale plays and that the Texas grid would collapse. He founded and co-chairs an annual energy conference at Yale University. His articles and commentary are frequently seen in Forbes, The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, and a variety of national outlets. He is the KHOU 11 News expert on energy, the Texas grid, and the Houston economy. For more than 40 years, he has worked with energy companies in operations and finance. Hirs earned his B.A., M.A. in Economics, and an M.B.A. from Yale University. He also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.

Panel 1: Integrating Accelerating Innovation

Our first panel brought together industry leaders, visionaries, and experts who shared their insights and experiences on the evolving advancements and groundbreaking innovations within the energy sector. This panel explored how innovation is shaping the future of the energy industry as well as some of the challenges created by the accelerated pace of technology development.

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Panel 2: ESG: Implementing Change

Our second panel addressed how to sustain a company’s important ESG commitments while navigating attempts to undermine the very concepts of ESG.

Panel Speakers:

  • Sara Lulo, Executive Director, International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP)
  • Patrick Schultz, President & CEO – Sustainable Industries & Buildings, Veolia North America
  • Anthony Gracely, Principal & Director of ESG, Fayez Sarofim & Co.

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