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Theme: Peak Fossil Fuel Demand: When is the peak & what does it mean for financial markets and geopolitics

This event occurred on
October 15, 2020
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

TEDxCarbonTracker is part of Countdown hosted by TED.

The debate will explore the timing of peak fossil fuel demand and what it means for financial markets and geopolitics, touching on topics from two of the Countdown themes: resilient economies and the future of energy.

Fossil fuels have enjoyed growth for the last 200 years and until recently the industry expected decades more of uninterrupted growth. However technological innovation, regulatory changes and societal pressure have brought this growth into question. Add to this a global pandemic, international lockdowns and an OPEC price war, and future of fossil fuels is highly uncertain.

DNV GL in September 2020 released groundbreaking research arguing that fossil fuel demand had peaked in 2019. Shortly after this, BP noted that oil demand had probably peaked, and China announced plans to get to net zero by 2060.

A quarter of equity markets and half of corporate bond markets are in sectors linked to the fossil fuel system. All of these sectors face disruption from peak demand in the same way that after coal demand peaked in 2013 the global coal sector lost 75% of its value and half the US coal sector went bust.

Meanwhile, petrostates dependent on high oil prices will struggle in a new environment of falling demand, with profound geopolitical consequences.

Investors, policymakers, business people, and other interested stakeholders require clear information about the transformation of the energy system to inform present decisions, which can have long-lasting impacts and build resilient economies.

Speakers include:
Bent Erik Bakken, Senior Principal Specialist, DNV GL
Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist, Carbon Tracker
Thijs Van de Graaf, Associate Professor of International Politics, Ghent University

Moderator: Elizabeth Press, Director, IRENA

There will be a Q&A with the audience.

A recording will be made available after the event.

Bermondsey Street
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Bent Erik Bakken

Professor Bent Erik Bakken is the Chief Analyst of DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook. With almost 40 years’ experience, mainly in energy and security research, his award-winning work concentrates on behavioral simulation modelling of complex systems. He holds a Ph D from MIT in Policy Sciences.

Kingsmill Bond

Energy Strategist
Kingsmill Bond is an energy strategist and argues that the energy transition is the most important driver of financial markets and geopolitics in the modern era. He has been a financial market analyst and strategist for 25 years. And plays the trumpet…

Thijs Van de Graaf

Thijs Van de Graaf is an Associate Professor of International Politics at Ghent University. He was the lead author of the IRENA report on the geopolitics of the energy transformation. He’s also the author of Global Energy Politics, which was published this year by Polity Press.

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