Abating methane from oil and gas has long been recognized as essential to address climate change but has remained a painfully elusive goal, with emissions stubbornly rising and only taking a short step back due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That could be about to change. Advances in detection technology are now shedding new light on previously invisible emissions; investors are pushing the ESG agenda; and regulators in Brussels and Washington seem to be gearing up to a crackdown. Voluntary markets for methane emission certificates are on the horizon and may soon turn methane abatement into a profit center. Is methane removal the Next Big Thing for oil and gas?

In this session, we are joined by a diverse group of experts to explore the role of methane abatement in achieving Net Zero targets and ponder the latest developments on the policy, industry and technology fronts. Among the issues to be discussed are the technical pathways to methane removal from oil and gas, the role of methane in the longer-term fossil fuel outlook and whether a global policy framework for methane abatement could be on the cards at COP26.

This event will be a virtual session via Zoom from 12:00 until 1:30 PM. Additional details will be provided to registered attendees prior to the session.


Andrew Gould

Andrew Gould is a member of the Board of Directors of Occidental Petroleum and McDermott International. He is also a Partner at CSL Capital Management and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Kayrros, an advanced data analytics company. Mr. Gould was the Chairman of BG Group PLC, from May 2012 until its sale to Royal Dutch Shell in February 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Gould was Chairman of Schlumberger from August 2011 until April 2012 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schlumberger Limited from February 2003 to July 2011. In a 37-year career he served in a variety of financial and management positions in Asia, Europe and the USA.

Mr. Gould also sat on the Board of Saudi Aramco and the Boards of Rio Tinto PLC and Rio Tinto Limited. He served on the United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology from 2004 to 2007. He was Vice Chairman of Technology for the United States National Petroleum Council's 2007 report “Facing the Hard Truths about Energy”.

Mr. Gould received his degree in economic history from the University of Wales at Cardiff and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He holds an honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is an honorary Fellow of Cardiff University.

Kevin Book

Kevin Book heads the research team at ClearView Energy Partners, LLC, an independent research firm headquartered in Washington D.C. Mr. Book’s analytical coverage includes policy, economic and geopolitical trends impacting petroleum, natural gas and coal. He appears frequently within print and broadcast media, contributes to policy forums convened by government and private organizations and meets with top Washington decision-makers. Mr. Book has also testified before several House and Senate Committees.

Mr. Book is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the National Petroleum Council, a self-funded advisory body to the Secretary of Energy. He is also nonresident Senior Associate with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to co-founding ClearView, Mr. Book worked as a senior energy analyst for a national investment bank. He holds an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.

Paola Tello

Paola Tello is a scientist committed to climate action in the energy sector. She is a physicist with 11 years of experience with the upstream hydrocarbon sector, and new energy business in Europe and Colombia. Paola is part of Homeward Bound, a global Antarctica initiative of 1000 scientists working in climate action.

Currently, she is the Climate Solutions Manager at Kayrros. She is co-responsible for projects related to methane intensity and nature-based solutions. She also belongs to the European Energy Transition Committee for the oil and gas industry and the London Women in Energy committee.


Antoine Halff

Antoine Halff is chief analyst and founding partner of Kayrros. He is also adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy. Earlier, he served as chief oil analyst of the International Energy Agency in Paris, lead industry economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, head of commodities research at Newedge, and director of the Global Energy practice at Eurasia Group, among others. President Bill Clinton called his book, Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), co-edited with Jon Rozhon and Benjamin Sovacool, "a must-read for anyone serious about creating meaningful solutions to end poverty."

Mr. Halff holds an advanced degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a Masters from Université Paris VII.


12:00 - 1:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion


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