New Delhi: Global oil major BP said the world must invest in the production of oil and gas to avoid to sharp price spikes while accelerating the energy transition to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
Global gas prices surged seven-fold last year as 3 per cent of global gas supplies were hit following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, forcing countries to boost energy spending and shift to coal, BP CEO Bernard Looney said in New Delhi.
“We need to do both. We need to invest in today’s energy system responsibly and, at the same time, we must invest in accelerating energy transition,” Looney told the B20 conference.
Energy transition has to be orderly to maintain its pace as emission levels have risen since the Paris conference on climate change in 2015, despite global efforts, he said.
Looney said his company would invest 40 per cent of its capital on energy transition projects by the middle of this decade and 50 per cent by the end of the decade. “We will invest between $55 and $65 billion as BP this decade in energy transition growth engines,” he said.
BP, investing in energy projects in India along with its partner Reliance Industries Ltd, has set up about 3,000 electric vehicle charging points to date, up from 750 in January. The two have set up 300 battery swapping stations.
BP has invested in India’s gas sector, and its venture arm has bought a stake in electric ride-hailing startup BluSmart.
“I have every expectation that we will do more in India in years to come,” Looney said.