BSI Team Short-Listed in Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s “Circular Design Challenge”

 

A team from Boston Strategies International (BSI) submitted a proposal for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Design Challenge, and it was among the top 100 selected by the committee!

There were over 600 proposals from around the world and we are proud of the innovative and exceptional work all the contestants are doing to solve urgent needs around this important topic.

The Circular Design Challenge seeks to inspire creatives to design solutions for plastics packaging to stay in the economy, and out of the environment. Love them or hate them, plastics are everywhere around us. They protect our food, make our cars lighter and hospitals would not run without them. In fact, plastics are so useful, their demand is expected to double in the next 20 years. Yet our plastics system is broken. Only 14% is recycled, resulting in a loss of $80-120 billion per year to the global economy. If nothing changes, there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050.

The BSI team proposed a new design that would avoid small-format plastic packaging waste. Since small-format packaging is used for so many items across a broad range of merchandise, our challenge to design solutions was compelling.

BSI Shares Market Outlook for Solar PV

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Boston Strategies International’s President Mr. David Jacoby Shared BSI’s Analysis of the Solar PV Market at the SNEC Conference in Shanghai, China on April 17-21, 2017.

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The SNEC Scientific Conference provided an excellent platform for the world’s PV experts and scientists to showcase and share the latest developments in solar energy technologies.

The conference programme encompassed a wide scope of PV technologies, ranging from silicon feedstock, PV materials, cells, modules, systems and quality assurance to smart grid technologies. The world’s top PV scientists along with CTOs from leading PV companies have been invited to join the International Scientific Committee as well as presenting on the cutting-edge technologies of solar energy at the conference.

Boston Strategies International’s President Mr. David Jacoby’s presentation on “Market Outlook for Solar PV” provided detailed insights about the long-term demand growth outlook for Solar PV and the world’s solar markets.

In his presentation Mr. Jacoby emphasized that cumulative global market for solar PV expected to triple by 2020 to almost 700 gigawatts, with annual demand eclipsing 100 gigawatts in 2019. According to the analysis, the bulk of the growth will occur in a small number of markets. While 8 countries might each add over 10 GW, 4 markets – China, US, Indian and Japan – are supposed to add over 20 GW, and China could exceed the 100 GW level in the High Scenario.

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David at SNEC ShanghaiDavid also emphasised that Solar power as the lowest-cost renewable energy can provide enough clean power generation in time to meet the ambitious Paris Climate Summit targets. Utility-scale systems and rooftop systems will each have roughly half of the global market.

Rooftop systems are currently more expensive but the value of electricity delivered on consumption sites or nearby is greater.

However, as PV expansion is driven more and more by self consumption – the use of PV electricity directly at the same site where it is generated – grids may carry smaller amounts of traded electricity, raising concerns over how to recover the fixed costs of grids.

 

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Mr. Jacoby explained how the global market for solar PV will no longer be Europe-centric and large solar markets in Asia are booming. China and Japan are leading the growth curve for the solar PV market and energy storage solutions will unleash latent growth in Latin America, Middle East and India.

He also discussed about the increasing rates of penetration for rooftop solar. According to BSI’s research, since the demand growth is coming mainly from emerging markets where utility-scale PV is currently the preferred application, this solar segment will continue its lead over the next 5 years.

He summed up by forecasting that energy storage solutions and emerging market potential promise long-term profitability for the industry.

To access David’s full SNEC 2017 presentation “Market Outlook for Solar PV” with detailed charts and analysis kindly buy it using this link.

 

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Impact of Energy Prices on Global Supply Chain Design

Boston Strategies International’s President, David Jacoby delivered the results of BSI’s recent study “Impact of Energy Prices on Logistics & Global Supply Chains” at the New England Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition (NESCON) in Boston. NESCON is produced by APICS (The Association for Operations Management), the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)’s New England Roundtable, and The Northeast Supply Management Group of the Institute for Supply Management. The 2016 conference consisted exclusively of the top-rated All-Star speakers from the conference’s 12-year history.

For global shippers, recent dramatic changes in energy costs necessitate a review and reconfiguration of the number, type and location of distribution centers and fleet assets, since the trade-off between transportation costs and inventory holding costs has changed substantially.

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BSI’s study evaluated the results of 400 scenarios using a network modeling tool to quantify the impact of recent gasoline, diesel, electricity prices, load factors and network design on total supply chain costs. The study mapped the relative impact of key cost drivers according to their impact on total supply chain cost, scaling the variables from one tenth to 10 times their current value.

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While current low fuel prices have dampened the pressure to move towards green energy, progressive carriers like UPS, shippers like AT&T, and OEMs like Mercedes-Benz continue their work on alternative fuel vehicle fleets, mostly based on ethanol blends and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Mr. Jacoby engaged a lively discussion on the impact of disruptive technology such as Uber, Drones, and Connected Vehicles on commercial logistics, and presented a framework for logistics planning.

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To request a complete presentation on “Impact of Energy Prices on Logistics & Global Supply Chains” please contact us or drop us an email .

CSSOPE 2016 – “Supply Chain Management in This Oil and Gas Depression”

Boston Strategies International’s President, David Jacoby delivered the opening keynote presentation and conducted a workshop at The 6th Conference and Exhibition – China Sourcing Summit On Petroleum & Chemical Equipment(CSSOPE) 2016, which provided a top-level overview and detailed insight into the world oil and gas market and China’s equipment supply capacity.

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David Jacoby delivering the opening keynote presentation at CSSOPE 2016 – “Supply Chain Management in This Oil and Gas Depression”.

 In his speech David emphasized that output improvements from unconventional production are now over half of total production in the United States. Fracking and directional drilling have dramatically impacted the amount of oil and gas that can be tapped economically.

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These graphs give you a brief pictorial of recent developments.

Most oil & gas production firms have reduced their capital spending for 2015, by 12-33%, which has driven the abrupt decline in Drilling Equipment sales. Global E&P (upstream) spending will drop by 27% in 2016 alone. India, Asia and Australia are expected to cut spending spending by 13.5%, while Europe and Africa are expected to spend 7.2% and 13.5% less, respectively. North American E&Ps are expected to cut into their budgets even further, with a 40% decline in spending on E&P (upstream). This has put both national oil companies and international oil companies into debt.

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David Jacoby conducting the workshop at CSSOPE 2016

President David Jacoby in his workshop, explained that there are 3 upcoming periods of significant supply chain impact on all of the capital oil price degradation. The first is about a 3 to 4-year period of resettlement, where mostly industry will have to deal with a depressed supply chain environment, low pricing and a lot of turnover resulting in competitive dynamic restructuring on the part of suppliers.

The period of 2020-2030 looks like it will recover from a supply chain point of view on a fairly steady basis. But, then the 2030-2040 scenario will have a bit of deterioration again because of transition to renewable energies from oil.

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The 3 upcoming periods of significant supply chain impact on all of the capital oil price degradation.

David concluded by highlighting that there is a window of opportunity for leading companies, the companies that pro-act and change the paradigm will be able to successfully change the perceptions in the industry more rapidly. These companies will add more value on among the bid slate, will win contracts and become embedded in the future of new supply chains.

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BSI Offers $2 Billion in Savings to Mexican Energy Projects: President Interviewed by Mexican Business Journals

 

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David Jacoby, President of Boston Strategies International, during his participation in the panel discussion “Hydrocarbons Infrastructure in Mexico” at the 2nd Mexico Gas Summit 2016, in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Monterrey, Mexico (April 22, 2016). – With the aim to help the Mexican government save $2 billion on the gas pipeline projects being tendered, and $8 billion on power plant construction over the next 15 years, the international consulting firm Boston Strategies International (BSI) started operations in Mexico.

“BSI is a consulting firm that compresses the lead-time and reduces the investment in major capital programs for oil, gas and power operators by up to 30% through value chain cost engineering, targeted strategic sourcing, and supply contract negotiation”, said David Jacoby BSI’s President.

The firm has worked with companies such as BP, Chevron, Gazprom, PDVSA, Total and major suppliers in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Boston Strategies International has offices in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China, Colombia, United States, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Qatar,United Kingdom, and recently in Mexico.

David Jacoby remarked that BSI could help operators, including Pemex and CFE, to increase their return on investments by 10% based on lower capital cost than competitors. “We could reduce between 13% and 30% of the investment portfolios across the range of energy projects, as we have done with other companies around the world”, he said.

The President highlighted that the firm could have advised the bidders participating in Round 1, on their bidding strategy and costs to ensure profitability and sustainable returns.

“We publish thought leadership, benchmarks, and methodologies to help these companies make good tenders and bids. But in some cases, if the oil price is too low, the deal just shouldn’t be done.”, Jacoby said.

“We focus on value chains through 14 different ways to cope with the extra capital costs, economies of scale, among other methods we have developed to over the years to reach win-win situations.”

For more information, please visit these articles in Negocios, El Norte, and Empresas Article (Mexican business journals).

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2nd Mexico Gas Summit – Expanding the distribution network

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People (right to left): Clay Bretches (President & CEO of Sendero Midstream), Eduardo Nieves (head of the Technical System Operations and Planning Office at the Natural Gas National Control Center at CENAGAS), Dora Mancera (organizer of the event from Industry Exchange LLC), David Jacoby (President of Boston Strategies International), Brandon Seale (President of Howard Energy México), Jimmy Delano (Vice President and General Manager of ATCO Mexico), Jay Applewhite and Raul Ferro (masters of ceremony from Industry Exchange LLC)

BSI’s President, David Jacoby moderated the “Hydrocarbons Infrastructure” panel discussion at the 2nd Mexico Gas Summit – The leading natural gas event for Mexico’s onshore E&P, midstream infrastructure, transportation and storage industries on April 13-14, 2016. The main opening points were that Mexico’s midstream segment has undergone significant expansion to meet natural gas needs of the nation’s growing economy.

Expanding the distribution network through ongoing projects like the Los Ramones development among others will now enable industrial hubs to flourish and local economies to grow. Further accelerating demand for natural gas is Mexico’s plan to reduce the use of fuel oil for power generation to only 10% of 2012 levels by 2017, mostly in favour of natural gas. Pipeline capacity into Mexico continues to expand. Capacity will rise in the coming years, as several companies are already making investments to advance pipeline expansions into Mexico, including Energy Transfer Partners, Sempra Energy, Kinder Morgan and Pemex.

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Power generation through these infrastructure projects will fundamentally increase gas demand in Mexico, and since it will take several years for the Reforms to boost Mexico’s own domestic production of oil and gas, over the coming years the nation will import natural gas from the United States.

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For more information about the event please see visit the link 2nd Mexico Gas Summit 2016.

BSI a sponsor of 2nd Mexico Gas Summit 2016 & moderating “Hydrocarbons Infrastructure” panel discussion

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BSI’s President, David Jacoby will be the moderator of the “Hydrocarbons Infrastructure” panel discussion at the 2nd Mexico Gas Summit – The leading natural gas event for Mexico’s onshore E&P, midstream infrastructure, transportation and storage industries on April 13-14, 2016.

The 2nd Mexico Gas Summit is a two day oil and gas event in San Antonio, Texas on April 13 and 14, 2016 that will bring together internationally recognized industry speakers, investors, government officials, and C level executives from the energy, infrastructure, and transportation industries.

The event will cover Mexico as a region with a strong focus on the opportunities associated with US Gulf Coast onshore exploration and production, midstream infrastructure, gas commercialization and the recent opening of the refined fuels market.

For more information about the sponsorship visit this link and view the event agenda visit BSI – Mexico Gas Summit- Agenda.

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For more information about the event please see visit the link BSI sponsoring 2nd Mexico Gas Summit 2016.

BSI to Deliver Keynote Address at China Sourcing Summit

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Boston Strategies International will attend the 6th Conference and Exhibition – China Sourcing Summit On Petroleum & Chemical Equipment (CSSOPE 2016) to be held on 25-26 May, 2016 in Beijing, with a focus on petroleum and chemical equipment sourcing. BSI’s President, David Jacoby will conduct a workshop and deliver a presentation at CSSOPE 2016. For more information about the workshop and presentation outline visit BSI – China Sourcing Summit-outline.

CSSOPE 2016 will also provide a top-level overview and detailed insight into China’s oil and gas equipment supply capacity. It is an essential forum for sourcing managers, sellers, buyers, EPC contractors and venders. It draws great attention from the industry and promotes the China’s communication to the world. For more information about the event please see visit the link CSSOPE 2016.

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