The energy industry is facing unprecedented challenges, particularly in the oil & gas value chain. It might take years for demand to recover to pre-pandemic levels. But one overarching challenge is that of carbon emissions—the invisible yet highly debated byproduct of burning hydrocarbon. Investors, consumers, and regulators are now expecting oil & gas companies to monitor and manage not only direct emissions from their own operations (known as “Scope 1”), but also emissions from the energy sourced to run their operations (Scope 2). If Scope 3—emissions that result from the end-user’s use—are included, it will require a fundamental transformation of oil & gas operations. 

Strategic Decisions Group has compiled on this page some of our most useful resources for energy and energy-adjacent companies working to achieve alignment around a comprehensive strategy for energy transition. You will find general resources to improve decision making as well as specific resources to incorporate energy transition into your decision making. 

SDG pioneered the science of decision quality (DQ) and is renowned for its expertise in strategic decision making, risk management, and value-based leadership. Through a collaborative, team-based approach, SDG helps its clients find innovative, creative strategies to thrive today, while also helping them build internal competencies and more effective decision-making processes to meet competitive challenges in the future.

We invite you to download our white paper, Charting the Road to Energy Transition, below. To get started with SDG, reach out to our energy team: [email protected].


Charting the Road to Energy Transition

Committing to a net zero target is not the only viable path to energy transition.  

ET_cover.jpgWhile industry executives embrace the need for energy transition and recognize the challenges ahead for their businesses, they expect fossil fuel to remain a reliable and affordable part of the energy portfolio far into the future. A practical and realistic approach balances the efficiency and economics of fossil fuels against the anticipated environmental and financial impact. These considerations provide a necessary framework for developing a successful energy transition strategy.

Download our white paper to learn more about how a decision-focused approach can identify sources of value and strengthen alignment in your organization. 

The SDG Energy Transition Webinar Series


The Coming Energy Transition: Value Metrics and Alternatives to Consider Now
 Energy companies have no shortage of strategic alternatives in the coming energy transition. New value measures have emerged as well.    


How Oil & Gas Companies are Framing Energy Transition Strategy
Finding a profitable path to reducing emissions has a high degree of analytical and organizational complexity. One solution does not fit all.   


The Social Cost of Carbon

What is the social cost of carbon and how can it be used by policymakers and business leaders to establish a carbon price level? 


Energy Transition Framing Workshop

While there is no universal recipe for success in energy transition, companies with a clear and actionable strategy will have an advantage. The first step is to create a frame, unique to your organization, for energy transition. What regulatory and market scenarios might emerge?  What decisions must be made, and when? Who should drive the strategy? 

An SDG Framing Workshop brings together key decision makers and stakeholders in a professionally facilitated setting to define the problem and align behind the decision frame. In large organizations, it’s also essential to involve important stakeholders—especially opponents—in the decision process, or risk arriving at a conclusion that fails in execution for lack of support. Clarity and alignment at the outset can dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the subsequent decisions.

Decision Quality book

Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business Decisions

Add value with every decision. Few things are as valuable in business, and in life, as the ability to make good decisions. Yet this skill doesn’t come naturally, and few leaders know how to consistently make decisions well. Decision Quality, a book from award-winning authors Carl Spetzler, Hannah Winter and Jennifer Meyer, is here to help. Join the growing group of leaders who use DQ to maximize value creation even in the face of risk and uncertainty. 

Build Decision-Making Capabilities Throughout Your Organization

A healthy decision culture requires ongoing opportunities for continuing education and successful practice. Tackle your toughest strategic decisions with guidance and mentoring from our experienced decision professionals. Engage your decision teams in training tailored to your specific needs. Or encourage your mid-career professionals to earn a certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management.