IP Week 2021 Conference Programme

Climate emergency and the pandemic aftershock – opportunities out of the crisis?

Tuesday 23 February 2021

The climate action story: progress and outlook
• Addressing the gaps between countries’ pledges and what scientists are stating, in order to prevent a climate change disaster
• Conceptualising the Paris Agreement long-term temperature goal: are we still on track?
• Aligning SDGs in green recovery planning – how will companies meet the goals?
  • James Grabert, Director of Mitigation, UNFCCC
The governments’ response to the climate emergency: their actions and position
• Are governments treating the climate crisis with the same urgency as COVID-19? Don’t pandemics and the climate crisis go hand in hand?
• How are governments taking action to reduce their emissions?
• What policies and legislations have been implemented?
• How can government design policy and regulatory framework to build a better and greener future?
• How can collaboration help in tackling the impacts of climate change?
• COP26 dialogue: rising to the ambition on climate change
• Bridging the energy divide between government and industry
  • Indrani Kaushal, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India
Lessons in crisis - what can the pandemic teach the sector about managing climate risk and how can we ‘build back better’?
• Reputational risks and opportunities in managing impacts of COVID-19 and climate change
• What areas should we accelerate the journey to net zero
• Strategies for the ‘new normal’ – how will we adapt as the pandemic and market evolves?
• How do we manage further volatility and risk more effectively – has the pandemic recalibrated the sector’s risk radar?
• Considering the implication of pandemic-related behaviour change – will it give us an increase momentum to deliver the energy transformation?
• Can COVID-19 spur a green recovery?
• Overcoming the impact and resetting SDGs in pandemic world
Investing in times of climate change and adapting portfolios for transformation
• Learning from the impact of COVID-19 on investments
• What new business models are emerging?
• Who will pay for the energy transition - will shareholders accept reduced or suspended dividends as their companies make the significant investments? Will customers be willing to pay higher prices at the pump or in the household?
• How can shareholders support oil and gas companies to contribute to the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming? Is divesting the answer?
• What expectation will shareholders have on returns in the new world for oil, gas, and low carbon investments?
• Accessing capital to enhance climate resilience
• Are strategies to price ‘climate risk’ in investments financially responsible or unfair to fossil fuel companies?
The geopolitics of energy transformation

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Drivers for the geopolitics and their shifting axis/influence
• Demand profiles, how markets operate, are run and traded
• What does the energy transition mean for the oil price and cost of burning oil? Is the future of carbon tax brighter?
• The great plunge of supply in oil prices: cause, consequence, and response
• Will the economic crisis mean that fossil fuels will rapidly rebound?
• Will oil demand ever return back to pre COVID levels?
• Will the industry continue business as usual once the global economy recovers?
• Will fossil fuels be excluded from post COVID economic stimulus packages?
• Will clean energies overtake oil growth?
When will the oil markets bounce back?
• What have previous economic crises taught us?
• The 2020 oil price slump: how does it compare with previous events?
• The effects of the falling oil prices and the economic impacts
• Just how low can oil prices go, and who has been hit the hardest?
• Saudi, USA and Russia price war issues
Reinventing the energy industry in response to climate change and COVID-19

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Topic title to be announced
  • Bernard Looney CEng FREng FEI, CEO, BP
Race to zero – the global campaign to achieve net zero emissions
• The impacts of COVID-19 on our ‘decade of delivery’
• How are organisational leaders approaching risk assessments, building resilience, and managing the impact of COVID-19 and climate change?
• Taking stock of our progress and commitment to tackle climate change
• How are companies integrating climate in their investment strategies?
• The power of partnerships: why businesses are better together in adding new values/skills/capabilities
• Business and society: how to build and keep social license to operate going?
• The return of regionalisation or de-globalisation
• Can delayed reform still happen at a lower price?
• Will the pandemic and associated demand slump have any long-term impact on oil and gas companies’ strategies?
• The impact of COVID-19 on national strategies towards supply chain security, and how this will play out in terms of energy
Pathways for accelerating the low carbon transition

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Unlocking the benefits of digitalisation
• Accelerating the pace of the energy transition
• Has the pandemic shaken up our analogue habits?
• COVID-19 and the future of work: The digital disruption of new technology
• How has COVID-19 fast-tracked digital transformation
A deep dive into the data behind disruptive technologies that are revolutionising businesses to drive the acceleration
• Bringing opportunities to light - what are companies doing now in these areas that are successful, profitable and growing?
• A practical look at specifically what policymakers could do to bring these to commercial scale
- Hydrogen
- Renewables
- Waste to energy
- Biofuels
- Green natural gas
• Trends in high-resolution satellite and airborne data, analytics, and information delivery platforms for greenhouse gas emissions
  • Gauri Singh, Deputy Director-General, IRENA
  • Gabrielle Gauthey, Senior Vice President Carbon Neutrality, Total
  • Rebecca Heaton, Head of Sustainability and Policy, Drax Group
Innovation for the energy transition: challenges and opportunities for research, innovation and development
The future of work:
• Skills
• People
• Diversity and inclusion
  • Kerry Dryburgh, EVP People & Culture, BP
  • Prof Simon O'Leary CEng FEI, Director of Research Centre in Business & Management, Regent's University London
  • Reem Abdullah Al-Ghanim, Head of HR & Support Services - Chemicals Business, Saudi Aramco
  • Katie Mehnert, CEO, Pink Petro
Exploring the transport industry journey to net zero

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Exploring the role of transport systems in its journey to net zero
• Road, aviation, rail, and shipping
• The new normal: examining how transport demand has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent widespread of working from home
• Identifying business travel behaviours: how are these adapting and changing?
  • Mariam Musallam Al-Qubaisi, Head of Sustainability, Government, International & Communications, Etihad Airways
Community hubs roundtable discussions

Wednesday 24 February 2021

• Energy efficiency as a key driver towards net zero
• Collaboration and leadership: exploring new areas of action
• Methane guiding principles: a global initiative to combat methane emissions
• The circular economy: its importance and benefits
• An update on the development of UKCS as low carbon basins
Asia’s pathway to a low carbon future

Thursday 25 February 2021

How will COVID-19 reshape Asia’s energy future?
• The crisis response to ASEAN’s clean energy transition
• The importance of affordable and accessible energy and obligation
• Where can the region be more effective in working together to promote, develop and implement accelerated moves towards sustainability?
• The impact on renewable energy such Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Hydro, Hydrogen, and more
• How will Asia’s upstream oil and gas surge from the crisis?
• Resilience of local/regional and integrational supply-chains in a post-COVID world
• Delivering energy access across Asia
• Advancing a new social contract in the post-COVID-19 era
• Cashing in on climate change: how can countries leverage help in their response to climate change?
  • Dr. Zhen Wang FEI, Deputy Director-General, Policy Research, CNPC and Professor of Finance, China University of Petroleum
Asia’s future energy: regional dynamics
• The role of China’s SPR
• Will energy demand ever be the same after COVID-19?
• The evolving energy landscape in India – what does its outlook look like?
• The potential for CCUS in Asia
• EV penetration in China: will it be slowed down by low oil price?
  • Kazutomo IRIE, President, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
A dialogue on energy investment in emerging economies
• Bond financing for renewable energy
• The transition framework and its move towards a low-carbon economy
• Blended finance – Is it the key to financing clean energy in Asia?
• The importance of energy conversation in emerging economies
A perspective on regional cooperation for sustainable energy in Asia
• How to strengthen the energy governance in Asia?
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
LNG recovery in Asia
• The impact of the future gas price
• Will LNG shipping cost change in the post Covid-19 era?
• What does the future hold for LNG across Asia?
- Japan
- Korea
- India
- Indonesia
- The Philippines
- Thailand
- Vietnam
- Bangladesh
- China - CNOGPNG gas expansion & SINO-US energy trade agreement
Sub-Saharan Africa’s sustainable growth and development: its roadmap and progress towards low carbon

Thursday 25 February 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy transformation: pandemic response and recovery
• Responding to the COVID-19 crisis
• Discussing the continent’s immediate needs and roadmap to recovery
• The role of the energy transition in a post pandemic recovery
• How can Sub-Saharan Africa respond to the oil and gas downturn?
• Pump or dump ponder of its energy future - what may happen if Sub-Saharan Africa reserves become stranded assets
• The role of regional collaboration
• Cashing in on climate change: how can countries leverage help in their response to climate change?
Policy and regulation: scenarios and implications for sustainable development
• Reforming the market rigid structures: what is required to reform policy environment that balances the three pillars of energy trilemma:
- Economic development
- Growth and energy security
- Environmental stability
• Energy transition: what would this truly mean for Africa?
• Mapping energy policies to its transitions
  • Professor Carlos Lopes, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
The investment case for energy penetration and sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa
• Outlining the significant investment to transform Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy system
• Unlocking revenue for renewable energy
• Energy finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: a regional perspective on what is needed
• The role in driving FIDs across Sub-Saharan Africa
Addressing Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy dilemma
• Reshaping geopolitics in context of its energy transformation
• How can we ensure increased access to energy?
• Does Sub-Saharan Africa need gas to complement renewable energy for powering its sector?
• Evolving approaches to local content
• Optimising resource development: advancing science and technology in developing oil and gas reserves
  • Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, LADOL
An outlook on natural gas markets for the region

Young Professional Networking

Future-proofing your Career: Role of IOCs in the Energy Transition

The EI London and Home Counties YPN Committee held a speaker panel event and drinks reception on 27 February 2019 from 19:00 – 21:00.

About the event:

The energy mix continues to diversify with an increase in low carbon investment influenced by growing environmental concern, changing energy policy, and advancing technology. Mention of “Peak Oil” has been replaced with a renewed focus on improving efficiency and productivity, and innovative ways to de-carbonise and diversify portfolios. Fossil fuels still provide for most of our energy needs, and there is growing demand globally that cannot be met with renewable energy sources alone, or at least with today’s technology. We also know that historically, energy transitions have taken time, but the pace of future change remains uncertain. All of this, while the oil industry is setting itself up for success in the UKCS, by becoming more resilient to the tumultuous oil price and market changes, with improving behaviours, efficiency, and increasing project investment, as part of the industry’s shared ambition for “Vision 2035”.

Delegates who attended this speaker panel event got to hear senior industry leaders debate the main opportunities and challenges facing the oil and gas industry in the next 10 years and engage in discussion and networking with peers over a few drinks.

Associate Members:

AMEI's can also attend the rest of IP Week at a substantially discounted rate with unique access to leaders and opinion formers, and networking opportunities. Why not ask your employer to show their commitment to your professional development by paying for your registration? View the rates.

Feedback from previous delegates:

“Best panel discussion at a young professionals networking event”
“Excellent evening of discussion”
“Great opportunity to meet senior industry leaders”
“I learned more about the industry and what is developing”
“I have a clearer view of what I want to do next”

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