Is it possible to meet the world’s need for more energy whilst at the same time reducing carbon emissions? BP's exhibit at New Scientist Live showed how BP is driving the transition to lower carbon energy. Inspirational BP employees were on hand to showcase BP’s advanced technology and talk about the STEM skills needed to help make the energy transition a reality
Our industry is changing faster than at any time in our lifetime. Demand for energy is set to increase 30% over the next 20 years as global population rises to 9 billion. The world is also rallying behind making low carbon a reality. And it has never been more important to provide all this energy in a safe and reliable way. The energy challenges and opportunities are so great that they require a spirit of purpose and invention from the brightest minds.
At a UK level there are around 186,000 people with engineering skills needed each year to fill 2.65 million job openings by 2024, and engineering companies will need to recruit over 56,000 engineering technicians each year just to keep pace with demand. Not enough young people are choosing STEM, which is why BP has been working to address the STEM skills gap through targeted investment at all levels of education. Our early STEM initiatives began as a teaching resource that has since grown into a comprehensive programme contributing to every stage of education, including early years, primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational.
New Scientist feature articles
To complement our stand, we commissioned four features in the New Scientist magazine and website in the lead up to the show. The first article talked about the research underpinning all of our STEM education work to develop the next generation of talent, and the next three feature a range of BP employees talking about their careers and the choices they made around STEM skills.