Thanks to everyone who listened to last week’s The Energy Collective’s webcast, which originally aired on January 27, 2012. For everyone who missed it, you can find the audio below, and explore the accompanying slide material.
While renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and biofuels experience unprecedented levels of growth and attention, such projections seem to confirm that these fossil fuels will make up large parts of our energy mix for quite some time to come.
With that in mind, it’s important to ask: What significant innovations, if any, are taking place within oil & gas to tackle energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, or otherwise improve the impact of those fuels? This Energy Collective webcast ventured to explore what can be done and is being done to improve sustainability in oil and gas, in terms of technology innovations, process, or otherwise. If these fuels truly are to remain such significant energy sources, the answers are crucial both for the energy economy and the environment.
We asked our panel:
- Which factors could have the largest impacts on whether oil and gas remain so prominent or whether they are replaced with other fuel sources?
- Where in the fuel lifecycle do significant carbon emissions occur from oil and gas?
- Can innovation make meaningful impacts, in the context of the global carbon picture and concern over climate change?
- What are the most promising fuel alternatives to oil and gas?
Geoffrey Styles is Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, LLC, an energy and environmental strategy consulting firm. His industry experience includes 22 years at Texaco Inc., culminating in a senior position on Texaco’s leadership team for strategy development, focused on the global refining, marketing, transportation and alternative energy businesses, and global issues such as climate change. Previously he held senior positions in alliance management, planning, supply & distribution, and risk management. His “Energy Outlook” blog has been quoted frequently by the Wall Street Journal and was named one of the “Top 50 Eco Blogs” by the Times of London.
Terrance Ivers is CEO of the Compression and Solutions Business Unit of the Oil & Gas Division at Siemens Energy, based in Houston, Texas. Terri took the position in August 2011 after serving since 2007 as President of AMEC, an international project management company and service provider to the upstream and midstream (especially pipeline) industries. A native Houstonian, he is a mechanical engineer and began his career at KBR, an international supplier for the oil and gas industry.
Letha Tawney is a Senior Associate in the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy Program, leading the Two Degrees of Innovation platform. Letha’s work focuses on the need to build a robust, dynamic innovation system for clean energy where great ideas can rapidly emerge and spread globally. Prior to joining WRI, Letha worked on bioenergy with the UN Foundation’s International Bioenergy Initiative. She has also done research on adaptation to climate change with Harvard University and has advised relief and development agencies on planning for climate change impacts in their work.
Jesse Jenkins is Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and is one of the country’s leading energy and climate policy analysts and advocates. Jesse’s work and analysis has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other major media outlets. He is founder and chief editor of WattHead – Energy News and Commentary and a featured writer at the Energy Collective.