Energy investments in a zero-carbon world

John Goetz

Pzena Investment Management

The energy sector is controversial. It faces a perfect storm due to the short-term demand shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the longer-term risk from the reduction in society’s carbon footprint to combat climate change. Considering this uncertainty and the collapse in valuations in the sector, we are confronted with dual scenarios: whether the sector presents an exceptional investment opportunity or is destined for obsolescence. We believe the key questions are:

What is the risk that energy companies will be left with material stranded assets in a carbon-neutral world?

How will the coming energy transition impact the sustainability of energy companies?

Hear Pzena's Co-CIO John Goetz, portfolio manager TVR Murti, and ESG research analyst Rachel Segal discuss the opportunities presented by the upcoming transition for the energy sector. The trio address company-specific issues as part of our research framework that is bottom-up and fully integrates ESG concerns unique to each company.

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John Goetz
Managing Principal, Co-Chief Investment Officer
Pzena Investment Management

John is a co-portfolio manager for the Global, International, European, and Japan Focused Value strategies.

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