Three ways strategic thought leadership can have a transformative impact on the energy sector

Posted on June 12, 2024 by Megan Reynolds
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In the energy sector, transformation is a necessity. As organisations try to navigate the urgent call for sustainability and grapple with the challenges of climate action, the energy sector finds itself at the nexus of some of the biggest trends shaping the global economy.

From the phase-out of fossil fuels to the rise of renewables, the energy landscape is continually evolving. Renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power are expanding rapidly. By 2028, renewables are expected to account for over 42% of global electricity generation, with wind and solar doubling their share to 25%.

Amidst this change, one thing remains clear: the need for strategic direction. Strategic thought leadership is not just about staying ahead of the curve — it’s about shaping it. With the energy sector responsible for nearly 73% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the pressure to reduce carbon emissions and embrace the energy transition is immense. Strategic thought leadership can play a key role in guiding the industry forward by driving innovation and steering it toward a sustainable future.

So, with this in mind, let's look at three key ways strategic thought leadership can create a transformative impact.

Making the case for sustainable innovation

Powerful thought leadership – content from a business brand, based on a strategic idea and backed up by robust data – can help to set the agenda in a fast-changing sector. It can be a medium for exploring sustainable innovation, quantifying the impact of transition, and demonstrating the risks of inaction.  From renewable energy sources to energy-efficient practices, strategic thought leadership content can explore and highlight sustainable solutions that not only meet the needs of today but safeguard the planet for tomorrow, potentially helping to accelerate their development and adoption.

Fostering collaboration for collective impact

The journey towards sustainability is not one that can be undertaken in isolation. Collaboration is key, and strategic thought leadership can help to forge impactful partnerships. Thought leadership campaigns – including content, events and coalitions – can bring together industry stakeholders, policymakers, and environmental advocates, fostering an environment of shared purpose and collective action. Organisations can amplify their impact and accelerate progress towards common goals.

Embracing the imperative of change

Strategic thought leadership embraces a call to action, championing disruption and innovation as drivers of progress. It’s about envisioning a future powered by clean, renewable energy and working tirelessly to make that vision a reality.

A recent example of thought leadership shaping the agenda is GHD’s SHOCKED: De-risking the energy transition which found that 97% of energy sector leaders fear the current crisis is the worst ever and that it has wiped $203 billion from investment levels. The research was launched at Reuters Global Energy Transition 2023 in New York, brought to COP28 in Dubai and taken on a global client roadshow by the GHD team.

In a nutshell

Strategic thought leadership has the power to revolutionise industries by fostering collaboration and driving transformative change. By uniting diverse stakeholders under a common agenda, industry leaders can face challenges that transcend individual organisations.

At Man Bites Dog, we understand the unique challenges facing the energy industry and we’re committed to being part of the solution. Through our strategic thought leadership services, we empower organisations to navigate the complexities of the transition towards sustainability, driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and shaping a future powered by clean, renewable energy.

As the energy industry undegoes a change transition, the need for strategic thought leadership has never been greater.

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