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Oil and gas giants see profits fall back after bumper 2022

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Amidst a backdrop of declining oil prices and reduced gas demand, major oil and gas companies experienced significant profit reductions in 2023 compared to the high earnings of 2022, spurred by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the resultant energy price surge
• Only French Total Energies reported historic net profit highs for 2023, contrasting with the trend

🔭 The context: The energy sector saw a collective net income drop nearly 30%, totaling $107.5 billion in 2023, a stark decrease from the previous year's $151.5 billion
• This decline reflects broader market challenges, including falling oil prices and a slowdown in gas demand

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The financial performance of these oil giants underscores the volatility of relying on fossil fuels amid global energy transitions and climate change concerns
• Despite a challenging year, continued investments in fossil fuel production hint at the complex path towards sustainable energy solutions

⏭️ What's next: The industry's financial fluctuations and Total Energies' resilience spotlight the diverse strategies oil and gas companies might adopt in response to shifting market dynamics and increasing pressure to align with climate goals

💬 One quote: "In February, it reported the highest net profit of its history for 2023," referring to French Total Energies' landmark financial performance amidst industry-wide downturns

📈 One stat: The combined net income of the four oil and gas giants was $107.5 billion in 2023, marking a significant decrease from the previous year's $151.5 billion

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