Industry panel all agree: collaboration is urgently needed

Iman Hill told the opening plenary panel of Offshore Europe 21 that the oil and gas industry needs to be seen as a ‘genuine partner’ in the transition to a low carbon future.

At the opening plenary, moderated by IOGP’s Executive Director, climate change and industry responses to it were on the agenda. “As the global association representing the upstream industry engaging with governments and regulators around the globe is our bread and butter business, and we hear the voices loud and clear: The oil and gas industry can only retain its right to exist if it demonstrates to be a genuine partner in the transition to a low carbon future, takes climate change seriously and takes tangible actions to help achieving the Paris Agreement goals,” said Iman.

Chris Stark, of the Committee on climate Change, the UK’s statutory climate advisors, agreed and called for an urgent industry response. “We are in a critical period for all of this… we are now seeing the impacts of climate change itself. It’s not a future thing anymore, it’s with us now,” he said.

The panel of industry experts agreed on the need for urgency and on the need for industry to collaborate to find solutions.

The panel included: Gordon Birrell, Executive Vice President, Production & Operations, bp; Al Cook, Executive Vice President, Development & Production International, Equinor; Phil Kirk, President & CEO Europe Harbour Energy; Chris Stark, Committee on Climate Change; and Nicholas Pfaff, MD, Head of Sustainable Finance and Secretary, Green Bond Principles & Social Bond Principles, Int. Capital Market Assoc.



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