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Global CCS Institute welcomes new board members

Friday, 22 September 2017

22 September 2017: The world’s leading authority on carbon capture and storage, the Global CCS Institute, has welcomed the appointments of three highly respected climate change and carbon capture and storage advocates to its Board of Directors.

They are:

  • Shell International, Group Climate Change Adviser, David Hone;
  • BHP Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change, Dr Fiona Wild;
  • Thunderbolt Clean Energy CEO, Eric Redman.

Welcoming the appointments, Global CCS Institute Chairman, Paul Dougas, said:

“We are delighted to welcome these internationally esteemed new members to the Institute’s Board. Their distinguished careers, strong experience, personal commitment and exceptional knowledge of the climate and energy sectors will be a tremendous addition to our organisation as it accelerates the deployment of CCS.”

The appointments bring the total number of Global CCS Institute directors to seven. In addition to today’s three appointments, they include: 

  • Board Chairman, Professor Paul Dougas;
  • Emeritus Professor, Dr Makoto Akai;
  • Claude Mandil;
  • Tina McMeckan.

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Biographies of the new members of the Global CCS Institute Board of Directors

 

David Hone, Group Climate Change Adviser, Shell International

David Hone works for Shell International Ltd. and is the Chief Climate Change Adviser in the Shell Scenarios team.

He joined Shell in 1980 after graduating as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He initially worked for Shell as a refinery engineer in Australia and The Netherlands, before becoming the supply economist at the Shell refinery in Sydney. In 1989 David transferred to London to work as an oil trader in Shell Trading and held a number of senior positions in that organisation until 2001.  In that year David took up the role of Group Climate Change Adviser.

David was Chairman of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) from 2011-2013, a global business organisation of some 140 companies and remains a Board member. The Association focuses on the development of carbon markets. He is also on the Board of the Washington based Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

David posts regular stories on his energy & climate change blog, which can be found at http://blogs.shell.com/. He also contributes to US based blog, The Energy Collective (http://www.theenergycollective.com). He is the author of a current book on climate change, ‘Putting the Genie Back: Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma’.

Fiona Wild, Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change, BHP

Fiona has almost 20 years’ experience in multinational oil, gas and resources companies, ranging from frontline operational management to corporate strategic development across a variety of countries and businesses. Born in Liverpool, UK, she holds a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

She began her career with oil and gas major BP, working in various operational roles in both the upstream exploration and downstream refining businesses, before taking a corporate policy role at BP's headquarters in London. Moving to Australia with BP in 2002, she worked in downstream operations and then spent five years’ in External Affairs, focusing on national and international climate change policy development and advocacy. In this role, she gained extensive experience in carbon capture and storage (CCS) project and policy development, supporting BP’s Hydrogen Energy business as it investigated opportunities to develop global CCS projects.

She joined BHP in 2010 as Senior Manager, Environment and was appointed to the role of Vice President, Environment and Climate Change in 2013. In these roles, she was accountable for developing and maintaining global performance requirements in water, land and biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions management. She advised the Board and senior management on emerging environmental and climate change trends and represented BHP in engagements with national and international stakeholders, including NGOs, academics, industry associations, governments and investors.

In 2013, she led a review of BHP’s approach to climate change to deliver an updated company position and strategy, including mitigation, adaptation, portfolio evaluation, stakeholder engagement and low emissions technology. She developed BHP’s ‘Climate Change: Portfolio Analysis’, an industry-leading report that describes the impact of both an orderly and a rapid transition to a low carbon future on the valuation of the company’s portfolio. As Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change, she now leads the design and implementation of BHP’s approach to all sustainability-related issues, including climate change, environment, community and social policy.

Fiona is a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, reporting to the G20. Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the Task Force has developed recommendations for relevant and decision-useful company disclosures for issuers, lenders and insurers to address climate-related financial risks and opportunities. She also holds several Board positions, including as a Director of IETA, CO2CRC, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Eric Redman, Senior Policy Fellow for the Deep Decarbonization Initiative (D2I), University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy & Strategy

Eric Redman has worked in the energy, environmental, and climate sectors since 1975, and has focused on CCS since 2005.  As CEO of Summit Power Group, he led development of wind, solar, and proposed CCS projects, including the Texas Clean Energy Project and Caledonia Clean Energy Project, on which he continues to consult. 

He serves on the advisory boards of Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) and of Wormser Energy Solutions, Inc., a CCS technology company, as well as those of solar, battery storage, and biomass technology companies, and is active with salmon conservation, land conservancy, and climate advocacy organizations, including Boston-based Ceres.

Redman is a Senior Policy Fellow for the Deep Decarbonization Initiative (D2I) at the University of California San Diego’s graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy, as well as Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & Climate with the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine. 

He is a trustee of Phillips Academy, Andover in Massachusetts, and a director of the Northwest African American Museum.  He has written for many magazines and newspapers, and after serving as U.S. Senate aide he wrote of The Dance of Legislation, a best-selling account of Congressional enactment of a U.S. health care law.

Redman was educated at Harvard College (A.B. magna cum laude in Government, 1970), Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar (B.A. with First Class Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 1972; M.A., 1980), and Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, 1975).  He is the father of three grown children, and lives in Seattle with his wife Heather Redman, the managing director of a software-focused venture capital firm.

 

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About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international membership organisation. Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security.

Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com