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Top 3 Challenges in the Energy and Environment Industry

What do your peers think about Energy and Environment Industry?

Energy and Environment professionals say that the main problem is about the recycling process that needs to be improved since more and more attention is driven to climate change awareness and environmentally friendly companies. Also, high production costs make it difficult for some companies to keep up with their rivals in the market, and competition between smaller and big international companies is sometimes quite harsh.

Energy and Environment Top 3 peer challenges

number-1Operating Costs

Companies have to face increasing costs of production, workforce, raw materials, rentals, transport and other costs. Reducing the cost, without impacting the environment even more negatively, is one of the biggest challenges for the energy industry. Fortunately, there is a lot of potential for cost efficiency improvement as innovative green energy technologies increasingly help companies reduce their energy-related expenses on the long term. 

number-2Regulations and Legislation

The regulatory framework in which the energy and environment industry operates is strict, no doubt about it, and aims to protect the environment by tightening laws and policies.


Finding and using new environmentally friendly material and energy sources, such as, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, etc. with less impact on the environment.

Other Challenges

  • Energy efficiency
  • Funding
  • Corruption
  • Ageing infrastructures

Research-­based trends and short-term forecast

Research states that the challenges in the energy industry are; the world economic recovery and energy demand, climate change, volatility in oil prices and energy markets, etc. High fiscal prices, rapidly increasing domestic consumption, high dependence on oil & gas revenue will be issues for OPEC (WEC Finland).

The LNG capacity is expected to reach 135 million tons yearly; 90% of the volumes will be held by Australia, Russia, and the US. It is forecasted that global natural gas consumption will double in volume by 2040, and coal and physical oil consumption will increase by 15%. Due to regulations, primary energy demand will slow down by about 1% per year after 2025 (KPMG, BCBC).

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7 Comments on Top 3 Challenges in the Energy and Environment Industry

  1. I think the most importans issues as sectoral in Energy are;
    * Reliablity to use power system and cost efficiency
    * Blackout risks
    * Renewable energy recources and using
    * New energy management systems efficiency
    * New regulations and legislations

  2. I believe that we, as island inhabitants, (planet) should advocate for investing in alternative energy sources: RE solar, wind, wave, nuclear. With that common statement said, we should vote for politicians who are intuitive enough to realize that oil, coal, etc.. are finite non-renewable resources. If, as America has done in the past, we implement a nationwide call to action to: initiate mandatory tax incentives for solar installations, (see Elon Musk) subsidize wind generation energy farms, reduce oil and gas subsidies, (which raises gas prices, in turn cutting down on automobile driving)(mass car-pooling) build new and efficient national power transmission lines, utilize the available technology regarding alternative transportation systems, (electric/hydrogen) and cut military spending in lieu of energy alternatives. Our environmental carbon footprint is the highest in the world (30% of total), and the destruction of our eco-systems are at the point of permanent damage. Where will we live if not here on earth?

  3. IMHO there are many great challenges and pathways in development of energy efficient technologies, energy-saving initiatives and research for alternative energy sources but….
    As one of ukrainian-speeking and russian-speeking scientists, i’m familiar with one speech of leading Soviet physicist and Nobel laureate Peter Kapitsa.
    In 1975 he did quite simple calculations of energy consumption growth and solar energy income per year.
    ( there – but unfortunally, only in russian: )
    Any “renewable” energy source is a derivative of solar energy income.
    So, if owerall mankind’s energy consumption rate is so big, there is no such a difference, which way of energy transformation is used – straight solar cell or biodisel producing, or wind energy. A problem is in income/usage ratio. With this value we have now, any way will cause serious ecology changes. So, we should search for some different ways – envoroment-friendly but non solar energy, or overall society transformation for less energy usage (impossible utopic for now).

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