Surviving the Energy Transition: Methane Emissions Mitigation in the Oil and Gas Sector
December 3, 2021, Noon-1pm Central

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Surviving the Energy Transition: Methane Emissions Mitigation in the Oil and Gas Sector

Abstract: Recent events around the world have put sustainability of the oil and gas industry into sharp focus. Governments and businesses, including O&G majors, have committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Yet, the pathway from our fossil-fuel dominated economy to a net-zero future is unclear, even as global energy demand is projected to double over the next three decades. Given this, how can we cost-effectively reduce the emissions footprint of our vast O&G supply chains? In this webinar, I will give an overview of research in the sustainable energy transition lab at UT Austin focusing on ideas that are at the heart of the sustainability narrative and how systems research can help industry evaluate future technologies that can help achieve net-zero emissions. This webinar is an opportunity to zoom out and explore the elements of oil and gas sustainability research that will illuminate cost-effective pathways to net-zero goals.

Bio: Dr. Arvind Ravikumar directs the sustainable energy transition lab in the Center for Subsurface Energy and the Environment (CSEE) and the Hildebrand Department of  Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His interdisciplinary research examines technical and economic approaches to sustainably meet global energy demand while addressing its climate impacts. Specifically, Dr. Ravikumar’s work focuses on the role of technology and innovation in reducing the carbon footprint of global oil and gas operations. Dr. Ravikumar is a non-resident fellow with the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines.

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Twitter: @arvindpawan1