Who better to create solutions than those tasked with implementing those solutions? Author, lecturer, academic, and international strategist Wayne Visser recently participated in an SPE event and discussed the negative characterization of the oil and gas industry by some environmental groups, and how that hostility impedes industry involvement in sustainability progress. Visser advocates for “realistic enthusiasm” in both executives and employees to help meet challenges in energy production and the transition to renewables.
Visser says demonization of the oil and gas industry has stifled industry motivation to seek improvement, even though the industry has resources, technologies, and highly skilled personnel who can advance sustainable methods and programs.
“I know what transformational change looks like and feels like, and I do see some parallels with what's happening in oil and gas or in the energy transition,” Visser said.
The energy sector does contribute to climate change, and can also have an enormous role to play in contributing to innovative solutions, according to Mindset Results founder Marinma Dorado, another participant in the SPE discussion.
“The change will also come from within the oil and gas (industry)” said Visser, specifically mentioning green hydrogen projects and projects that eliminate methane leaks.
While oil and gas producers have faced mounting criticism and vilification by some environmental groups, many are taking proactive measures; going above and beyond requirements to supply affordable and reliable energy while also being good stewards of the environment.
Some leading energy companies and how they are making a difference:
Companies taking the initiative enjoy less punitive fines, greater investment, and differentiate themselves from their competition. Negative characterization of the industry by some environmental groups hinders this by impeding industry involvement in sustainability.
To reduce emissions and produce clean energy environmental groups should work with the industry to utilize their resources, technology, and skills instead of working against them.
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