Opinion

BP’s Crystal Ball – What’s it Mean for Technology?

BP recently released, for the first time publicly, its projections of future energy trends titled BP Energy Outlook 2030. This document builds on BP's well known annual Statistical Review of World Energy which has been published since 1956. In publishing its Energy Outlook, BP joins a host of other organizations that attempt to forecast future global energy trends including its competitor Shell, which published its most recent Shell Energy Scenarios to 2050 in 2008, and the non-profit International Energy Agency (IEA), which publishes its World Energy Outlook annually. Each organization takes a somewhat different approach and covers different time periods so it is nearly impossible to make "apples to apples" comparisons. However, it is interesting to