DNV GL launched its Energy Systems division earlier this month, bringing its Oil & Gas and Power & Renewables units under one banner.

The move was made to better support businesses in the sustainable energy transition, as renewables take a greater share of the energy mix and decarbonisation of traditional industries become a major focus. Energy Systems will provide certification, advisory and digital monitoring services to the entire value chain.

“The creation of Energy Systems is our response to a rapidly changing energy market in search for deeper decarbonisation,” said Remi Eriksen, group president and ceo of DNV GL. “We want to enable our customers to tackle the energy transition – faster. By combining our expertise we will better serve customers operating in, and entering the energy market.”

DNV GL said the oil and gas sector will play an essential role in the energy transition with natural gas set to become the single largest energy source by the middle of the decade. Hydrogen, ammonia and carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be important tools in the low carbon toolkit for the hard to abate sectors.

Ditlev Engel, ceo – Energy Systems, said: “There is no hiding from the fact that we are on course for damaging global warming, but we have the technology to transition faster. I see a greater willingness amongst policy makers and companies to speed up the decarbonisation of the sector and we at DNV GL are ready to play our part, so we can tackle the needed energy transformation much faster.”

As part of its strategy to grow in key markets, DNV GL has acquired USA-based engineering consultancy Energy and Resource Solutions (ERS). Commenting on the deal, Eriksen added: “Given the speed of the energy transition, it is natural that we look outside our own organization for acquisition opportunities. The domain expertise and digital first approach demonstrated by ERS is aligned with our vision and services, and I am sure our customers in North America and beyond will be delighted we have even more experts in our ranks.”

In addition to joining forces to offer a broader set of services, DNV GL will change its name to DNV, effective March 1, 2021.