RESOURCES AND ENERGY INSIGHTS Absa Insights Series Absa | Corporate and Investment Banking > Absa insights series > Energy and Resources Insights Our foresight assists your business’s sustainable growth potential We have created a platform for our sector experts to provide data driven insights that will help your business adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world. SECTOR EXPERTISE Matching Foresight with Sustainable Possibilities A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that Africa will be the most populated region in the world by 2040, surpassing China and India. While this increase in population presents challenges for the continent, there are exciting opportunities unfolding in the resource and energy sector.Africa is emerging as a global force in oil and gas markets and is forecast to outstrip China in the coming years. The continent’s growing natural gas market is also expected to be the third largest in the world, with key players like JSE-listed Renergen driving this energy shift. Niche commodities such as lithium, biofuels and other renewable sources of energy are further investment opportunities for major trading houses. These exciting possibilities will have a transformative impact on the continent, its communities and our planet. As a leading pan-African bank with deep industry insights and innovative financial solutions, we are primely positioned to be the partner of choice for growing this vibrant continent. Browse our various thought leadership content for key trends in the resources and energy sector. Contact us Shirley Webber, Managing Principal, Head: Resources & Energy, provides her insights on the future of the Oil & Gas sector on the African continent. Resources and Energy Sector Insights Unlocking your business's potential with insight and sustainable solutions. NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY Where does Africa fit into the global resource mix? Shirley Webber explains how Africa is emerging as a global force in oil and gas markets and its growth in oil and energy demand is forecast to outstrip China in the coming years. NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY Oil and Gas sectors are critical for the Social part of the ESG equation While there is a lot of focus on the “E” and “G” elements of ESG, it could be argued that there is a poor understanding of the “S” element. POWER, UTILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE INSIGHTS Absa Insights Series: The future of renewable energy is bright The untapped potential of Africa’s treasure trove of natural wealth presents its beneficiaries with a prosperous future, if exploited. POWER, UTILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE INSIGHTS Absa Insights Series: Coal to gas shift – a major step toward energy stability in SA The market exists and, so does the technology – the question is, who is capable of operating energy storage in South Africa? POWER, UTILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE INSIGHTS Absa Insights Series: Energy is the gatekeeper to a prosperous future Tackling Africa’s energy crisis starts with policymakers and evidence shows that they’re not moving fast enough. POWER, UTILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE INSIGHTS Absa Insights Series: The race to win the battle of energy storage is on Wherever there is a problem, there is a solution and in the energy sector, a solution is an opportunity MINING INSIGHTS Sustainable Energy: A fascinating dynamic for the resources sector Read the article by Shirley Webber that provides key trends that finance and due diligence teams will be monitoring in 2021. MINING INSIGHTS M&A activity will be all the rage for resources in 2021 Read Craig Webber’s thoughts on how the resources sector is at the start of a commodity super-cycle in 2021. MINING INSIGHTS Why mining houses are turning to IPPs to fund their electricity needs Read insights from our Project Finance and Resources Head, Theuns Ehlers on why mining houses are turning to IPPs to fund their electricity needs.. MINING INSIGHTS Absa Insights Series: Resource firms and funders are increasingly transparent about carbon emissions The Paris Agreement forces companies and lenders to be responsible and to consider the climate in their operations. MINING INSIGHTS Absa Insights Series: Demand for commodities used in lowering carbon emissions will certainly increase Commodities (such as vanadium, if the tech improves) have a bright future ahead of them. MINING INSIGHTS Absa Insights Series: Inflation is not dead. Gold will continue to glitter once fear subsides “There is just so much money-printing going on in the world right now”, says Bevan Jones, CEO of African Source Markets. Latest Podcasts Episode 03 Shirley Webber, Managing Principal, Head of Resources & Energy Absa Group Energy and Resources Insights Is green energy the solution to Africa’s energy dilemma? As Africa’s population grows exponentially, will there be enough resources to provide the continent with sufficient energy? Play the episode Episode 02 Heidi Barends, Co-Head: Sustainable Finance and Shiran Moodley, Co-Head: Sustainable Finance Absa Group Energy and Resources Insights Could sustainable energy reduce climate crisis and boost inclusive growth? Africa must be cautious in how it tackles the triple threat of climate change, inequality and post-pandemic economic recovery. Play the episode Episode 01 Tawanda Madondo, Coverage Banker, Resources & Energy Absa Group Energy and Resources Insights Can Africa capitalise on its renewable resources to avoid an energy crisis? Africa has an abundance of minerals and alternative energy resources spread across the continent, but are they being extracted and used as efficiently as possible? Play the episode Load More × We help you achieve your sector growth ambitions Our highly experienced teams of sector specialists have an in-depth understanding of the industry within which you operate. They offer sector-specific knowledge, skills and experience to help you take the lead in your industry. Learn more Experience Absa Insights 2021 All sectors Absa insights series View all Resources and Energy InsightsA report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that Africa will be the most populated region in the world by 2040, surpassing China and India. While this increase in population presents challenges for the continent, there are exciting opportunities unfolding in the resource and energy sector. Read more Healthcare InsightsThe ability to roll out credible, sustainable and high-volume Covid-19 vaccination programs will likely be the single biggest driver of economic recovery in Africa over the next 24 months. Economies that fail to execute on this will be left behind as global trading resumes. Africa is a net importer of goods and services, therefore with the closing of borders and a vaccination rate of < 2% of Africa’s 1.2 billion population, it will leave the continent well behind the rest of the world. The cost will be devastating. We therefore need to increase our efforts in the most collaborative way. Read more Telecommunications, Media and Technology InsightsIn the next part of our insights series, we’re discussing Telecommunications, Media and Technology – and how they can unlock limitless possibilities in Africa. Traditionally the provider of voice, data connectivity and mobile payments solutions, the telecommunication sector, is now using technology to build an entire ecosystem around the individual consumer. Read more Enterprise and Supplier Development InsightsIn the next part of the Absa Insights series we discuss Enterprise and Supplier Development across Africa. Small and medium-sized businesses are likely to lead the economic recovery on the African continent, but until they can secure a genuine foothold in corporate value chains, the sector is likely to be dominated by a handful of players who had early-mover advantage and access to finance. Read more Consumer Insight SeriesAs the playing field for consumer products and services is constantly shifting, we extract practical business insights so you can respond effortlessly at every step of your growth journey. 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