Thursday 14 July, 2022
The energy transition faces a perilous moment now. The pandemic is subsiding; yet the impacts of humanity’s response are being felt acutely across the energy sector.
First, the abrupt closure of the global economy stifled investment in swathes of the supply chain – notably in metals, fossil fuels and transport capacity – which has left substantial shortfalls and bottlenecks upon reopening. Strikingly, the cost of batteries and solar cells are up 30%, against a backdrop of rapidly falling price over the past decade.
Second, enormously accommodative monetary and fiscal policy – especially in the USA – has created a macroeconomic environment of stagflation that is blunting investment signals and may well presage a higher interest rate environment.
Third, geopolitical conflict has boiled over into war in Europe and the supply of energy is being wielded as among Russia’s most potent weapons.
Amid this chaos, Aurora’s 2022 Spring Forum returned for its 8th edition, offering an opportunity to sit back in Oxford, take stock, reflect and engage with other energy sector decision-makers from around the world.
The leading annual gathering of the energy industry, the Aurora Spring Forum 2022 discussed the state of the energy transition globally in the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the long-term security and affordability of energy in Europe.
The Aurora Spring Forum 2022 provided crucial insights from our curated list of speakers, including Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng – UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Ben van Beurden – CEO, Shell, Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade – CEO, EDP & EDP Renewables, Ruth Kent – Managing Partner & COO, Renewable Power & Transition Group, Brookfield, Greg Jackson – Founder & CEO, Octopus Energy, Hunter Hunt, Chairman and CEO Hunt Energy and more! See the full list of speakers below.
More details about the Aurora Spring Forum 2023 will be available soon.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Ben van Beurden
Nora Mead Brownell
Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade
Rt Hon Lord Deben
Scott L. Strazik
To download materials and view the agenda and speakers from previous Spring Forum events, please browse our event archive.