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Baker Hughes 2023 Energy Transition Pulse: Confidence to Hit Net-zero Emissions Goals Stable Despite Energy Trilemma


Baker Hughes 2023 Energy Transition Pulse: Confidence to Hit Net-zero Emissions Goals Stable Despite Energy Trilemma

January 25, 2023

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  • Survey of over 500 global executives cites economic instability as greatest threat to investments in energy transition technologies
  • Majority of those surveyed (57%) investing or plan to invest in more LNG
  • Net-zero goals to be achieved through partnerships, technology innovation, and new investment


HOUSTON and LONDON – Jan. 25, 2023 Baker Hughes (NASDAQ: BKR), an energy technology company, on Wednesday launched its 2023 Energy Transition Pulse report – a survey of 555 global senior executives to assess the industrial sector’s ability to focus on advancing cleaner energy amidst geopolitical and economic challenges.

The report, produced over a two-year period by FT Longitude, the specialist research and content marketing division of the Financial Times Group, found that while 41% of respondents cited economic uncertainty and rising inflation as hurdles to energy transition investments, confidence in net-zero emissions preparedness remains strong across most of the globe.

“While we now face heightened need for more energy sources to address the energy trilemma of security, sustainability and affordability, I am pleased this report shows that like Baker Hughes, the majority of our global peers remain focused on attaining our individual net-zero emissions goals by 2050,” said Baker Hughes Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli. “With the demand for hydrocarbons continuing for decades, it is critical to apply the technology we have today to reduce emissions.”

Despite geopolitical challenges and the energy security crisis, the report found that in 2022, more organizations say they are prepared to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 than they did in 2021.

“The big learning from this crisis is that we really need to rethink the type and the way we use our energy,” said Ilham Kadri, CEO and president of the Executive Committee of Solvay. “It’s painful in the short term, but it doesn’t change our climate initiatives.”

In response to the energy crisis largely brought about in 2022, the majority of respondents (57%) are investing or planning to make new investments in gas/liquefied natural gas (LNG) to address energy security. Meeting those supply demands and progressing the energy transition will require collaborations and partnerships between government, society, industry and the wider business community.

“Hydrocarbons are going to play a role for decades, and it’s crucial we apply the technology that we have today and work together as partners to reduce those emissions,” Simonelli said.

Baker Hughes and FT Longitude surveyed 555 executives in oil and gas, renewable energy and hard-to-abate industrial sectors – such as cement and mining – across 21 countries in the third and fourth quarters of 2022. The preceding survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2021, polling 500 executives across 20 countries. 

The full 2023 Baker Hughes Energy Transition Pulse may be found here. Baker Hughes will share more insights and learnings next week at its Annual Meeting 2023 in Florence, Italy.


About Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes (NASDAQ: BKR) is an energy technology company that provides solutions to energy and industrial customers worldwide. Built on a century of experience and conducting business in over 120 countries, our innovative technologies and services are taking energy forward – making it safer, cleaner and more efficient for people and the planet. Visit us at

About FT Longitude:
FT Longitude is a specialist thought leadership agency that is owned by the Financial Times. We combine strategy, research, content and activation services to produce real thought leadership that enables our clients to genuinely influence and inspire their audience. We work with a wide range of the world’s most prestigious B2B brands across Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. Our 80+ clients are concentrated in the professional services, financial services and technology sectors, but also stretch into energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and other sectors. Headquartered in London, the company was founded in 2011 and was selected as one of Chief Marketer 200, Top Marketing Agencies of 2020, an Inc. 5000 Europe in 2018, an FT 1000 company in 2017, and a 2016 Leap 100 high growth UK company by City A.M. and Mishcon de Reya. It is led by founders Rob Mitchell (CEO), James Watson (COO) and Gareth Lofthouse (Chief Revenue Officer).

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