ZEST - Preliminary results from MILEVA AI System

Updated: Jun 11

On May 27th I had the pleasure to present the results of the first MILEVA run at the "Talents and Competencies in the energy sector: insights on the way forward - Part 1" e-afterwork co-organized by the EAGE- Local Chapters Paris and Netherlands and the EAGE Decarbonization and Energy Transition Special Interest Group.

After presenting the rationale at the origin of ZEST and introducing the Actor Network Theory , I gave a helicopter view of the interactions identified by MILEVA among the 153 actors considered in the model. The AI delivered its analysis in the context of the question: "What is the most likely strategy Oil & Gas companies will adopt to face the zero-emission challenge?"

The key results are:

- The strategies we considered as possible responses to the zero-emission challenge are at the periphery of the current exchanges between the 153 actors. This apparent lack of interest may be an indicator of relative inertia in the O&G sector at large, in contributing to a zero-emission energy sector in the near future.


- Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), often presented as a source of job opportunities for geoscientists, seems to attract attention only among specialists. This lack of societal awareness is a problem considering that intense pressure from civil society, along with cost reduction and carbon-tax enactment, are regarded as crucial factors to promote broad CCS adoption.


- Particular attention should be granted to emotions such as fear, sadness, anger and hate when dealing with social governance in the framework of the energy transition, especially in oil-producing countries.


- The study has confirmed that competencies and soft-skills are essential to implement energy transition strategies. At this stage of the project, it appears that Data Science and Machine Learning are relevant to foster agility, confirming what is widely communicated in the media. Soft-skills which favour innovation, such as searching alternatives, changing paradigms, adaptability, anticipating situations, versatility, future orientation, are perceived as central to the strategies to face the energy transition.


I have also shown significant convergent results between MILEVA's output and the ZEST survey.

Watch the video of the presentation "What are stakeholders saying about the competencies needed in the energy transition?" (30 min)


Thank you:

- to the panel of experts gathered to define the framework of actors for MILEVA: Carmen Brazon, Valérie Fert, Anne Frisch, Jean Charles Ferran, Thierry Lohro, Gijs van den Dool, and Roberto Bonino

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Here is the entire session of the May27th e-afterwork (2 h): Introduction - Karin de Borst (EAGE DET-SIC) Role of Geoscientist in The Energy Transition - Max Brouwers - Chairman of the AAPG Energy Transition Forum

What are stakeholders saying about the competences needed in the energy transition?

Lucia Levato - LUSVAL

Skills for decarbonisation, skills for the future – How will Geoscience adapt to change?

John Midgley - Principal Scientist, Energy Geoscience / Honorary Research Associate, British Geological Survey

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