ADIPEC 2023 closed today, with the global energy industry delivering a clear message that it is united in its commitment to decarbonise and to fast-track the energy transition, while continuing to meet global energy needs. The event achieved a record-breaking attendance of over 184,000, the largest edition of ADIPEC ever.
Building on its nearly 40-year legacy, ADIPEC has evolved, growing in size and reach, as well as reflecting an energy system in transition. Convening global energy leaders and elevating voices from adjacent industries – including finance and technology – to accelerate urgent, collective action and game-changing solutions to decarbonise quicker and future-proof the energy system.
COP28 President-Designate, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, opened ADIPEC 2023 by inviting industry leaders to use the event “to show the world that, in fact, you are central to the solution” of fast-tracking the energy transition, assuring energy security while urgently phasing out emissions. Over four days the entire energy value chain answered his call, with more than 1,600 ministers and executives sharing knowledge and developing strategies to future-proof energy systems during 350 curated strategic conference sessions.
As the last major energy industry milestone before COP28 takes place in the UAE next month, ADIPEC focused on the priorities like achieving near zero methane emissions by 2030 and scaling deployment of climate technology. to tackle the core challenges of building the energy system of tomorrow – technology and innovation, investment, energy security and more – enabling the industry to demonstrate its commitment to lowering emissions without sacrificing economic growth where it is needed most.
Tayba Al Hashemi, Chair of ADIPEC 2023 and CEO of ADNOC Offshore said: “2023 has been a transformational year for ADIPEC. As we continue to meet the world’s growing global energy needs and respond with urgency to the challenges of climate change, a new ADIPEC has emerged, bigger and bolder. This event is uniting nations, industries, businesses, and individuals across the energy ecosystem to take tangible steps to fast-track the energy transition and realize a lower-carbon and higher-growth future. With critical years ahead on the journey to net-zero, ADIPEC has demonstrated the energy industry of today has the knowledge, capital, technology, and skill to be part of the solution to decarbonise and transform our energy systems for the better”.
Reflecting the industry’s priorities, decarbonisation defined the ADIPEC 2023 agenda, which included critical conversations on achieving net-zero in heavy industries, such as aviation and cement production and how to develop circular economies.
Summarising the uniqueness of the challenges facing specific industries in their journey towards decarbonisation, Pavan Chilukuri, Vice President of CCUS Strategy at Holcim said:“Without decarbonising buildings, we will not reach zero. As the global population grows, the demand for construction will continue to increase. We are building a ‘New York city’ worth of buildings every month, and we are going to do so every year until 2040. The challenge is: how do we this with less carbon intensity?”
Meanwhile, during a session on asset portfolio models, Olivier Le Peuch CEO of SLB, said: “This industry, in the leadup to COP28, has recognised that its license to operate will be based on its ability to innovate: innovate for performance, innovate for decarbonisation. Higher value, lower carbon for the future of oil and gas. The industry has recognised this, now it needs to act.”
The 2023 edition of ADIPEC reinforced the event’s status as the premier platform for the energy industry to come together and do business. Among a wide range of deals agreed during the event, Baker Hughes announced a milestone electric-LNG award for ADNOC Ruwais LNG export terminal; Petrofac won a $600m contract with ADNOC; The Department of Economic Development announced Abu Dhabi will provide 100 investment opportunities with a combined market size of Dh123.3 billion ($33.5 billion) by 2027 and OXY subsidiary 1PointFive and ADNOC signed an agreement to commence a jointly funded preliminary engineering study for a 1 million tonne-per-year Direct Air Capture (DAC) facility in the UAE.
More than 2,200 companies, 30 country pavilions and over 350 curated sessions, ADIPEC 2023 continued to build on its legacy as the ultimate international platform the energy sector.
Christopher Hudson, President of dmg events, said: “As we bring another successful ADIPEC to a close, it has been incredible to see the momentum to drive forward decarbonisation solutions and build the energy system of tomorrow. The outcomes of the productive discussions that have taken place will reverberate throughout the industry and beyond, and I look forward to seeing what can be achieved between now and ADIPEC 2024.”