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Energy & Environment

Industry Challenges

The energy and environment sectors have experienced tremendous worldwide change over the past decade, and the landscape will continue to alter as new trends in economics, geopolitics, industry behavior, technology, and emissions regulations emerge.

These tectonic shifts pose both a significant threat and an opportunity for players in the energy-and-environment industry. To capitalize on these windows of opportunity, companies must ask some critical questions:

  • How do we adapt to new policy frameworks that are developing as a result of restructuring, deregulation, and corporate consolidation?

  • In light of increasing economic pressure on all facets of the energy industry, how can we improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and protect revenues and margins?

  • Should we explore growth strategies? Should we invest in areas such as large capital projects, new infrastructure needs, or new technologies to secure future energy supply in a carbon-constrained world?

BCG Competencies

BCG has developed a set of approaches and tools to help clients navigate the increasing uncertainties and complexities of the industry. In the Energy and Environment practice, we have both deep and broad project experience along all segments of the different value chains:

  • Our oil expertise bridges the primary areas in the industry, including upstream, refining, downstream operations, and retail oil products.

  • Our power-and-gas-sector know-how is built on project experience in conventional and nuclear power generation, gas midstream and liquefied natural gas, energy transmission and distribution, and energy retailing.

  • Our environmental expertise spans alternative and renewable forms of energy, carbon dioxide and emissions, and energy technology. It also includes special topics such as water and waste management.

  • Across these segments, we have a particular focus on energy trading and risk management and on regulatory affairs affecting energy and the environment.

BCG is driving innovation in key industry issues. We work collaboratively with our clients, developing concrete solutions for all types of companies:

  • Integrated international oil companies, national oil companies, upstream players, oil field service companies, refiners, petrochemical producers, and oil trading firms

  • Integrated power and gas utilities, international power producers, renewable-energy specialists, energy wholesalers and retailers, commodity traders, and infrastructure and industry service providers

  • Water utilities and waste management firms

  • Governments, regulators, industry associations, and nongovernmental organizations

  • Technology companies, original equipment manufacturers, and suppliers to the energy-and-environment industry

  • Energy-intense heavy-industry players

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