David Lawrence held many executive positions with Shell, including executive vice president, exploration and commercial, with Shell Upstream Americas, before establishing Lawrence Energy Group, an energy investment and consulting business. David Lawrence is well-versed in many areas of alternative energy, including the increased demand global population growth will place on the development of clean, renewable sources of energy.
The growth of the world’s population from 1950 through 2100 was detailed in a series of informative charts recently released by economist Max Roser, representing Our World in Data. Despite a predicted growth rate of just 0.1 percent by the end of the 21st century, the worldwide population is expected to reach 11.2 billion by 2100. By comparison, in 1960, when the growth rate peaked at 2.1 percent, the world population was just 4.4 billion. To further put population growth in perspective, the planet’s population increased from 900 million in 1800 to 1.65 billion in 1900. Over the following 100 years, the population increased to roughly 6 billion.
Not only does population growth pose threats to global fuel and food stores, requiring new solutions to meet energy demands, it also completely changes the planet’s demographics. In 1950, the median age of the world population was 23.6 years, compared to an estimated average of 41.6 years in 2100. This figure could be notably higher in developed nations such as the United States and Japan, where economies will need to respond to the vastly different consumer profiles.
Utilizing decades of experience as a geologist and business leader, David Lawrence formerly held the position of executive vice president with Shell Upstream Americas in Houston with responsibilities including exploration.