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Accessing Third-Party Resources and Best Practices on Methane Emissions Management, Reporting, Measurement & Abatement
In this webinar, Rebecca Middleton (Methane Guiding Principles), Amaia O’Reilly (Energy Institute) and Georges Tijbosch (MiQ) talk about why methane is of concern, methane guiding principles initiative, best practice guides and methane management tools. They also share information about the development of new resources, and cover the abating methane emissions in O&G, what certified gas is and why.
This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations and Projects, Facilities, and Construction technical disciplines.
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Methane Guiding Principles
Rebecca is the Programme Manager for the Methane Guiding Principles, a voluntary partnership of industry and non-industry organisations focused on priority areas for action on methane across the natural gas value chain. She has worked as an environmental advisor to the oil and gas industry for over 25 years, working as an independent consultant for the past 10 years. Rebecca has a degree in Zoology from the University of Oxford.
Environment and Sustainability at Energy Institute
Amaia O’Reilly delivers the Energy Institute’s environmental technical research programme for energy industry sectors from upstream oil and gas, through petroleum refining and wider downstream, to nuclear energy and renewables such as hydrogen and wind power. Working collaboratively with international stakeholders from industry operating companies through to regulators and service suppliers, the environmental research program produces scientific and technical resources, such as guidelines and research reports, on topics such as GHG emissions, climate resilience, circular economy, water resources, waste, soil and groundwater impacts.
Georges Tijbosch is the CEO of MiQ, a not-for-profit established by RMI and SYSTEMIQ. MiQ is pioneering and implementing methane emissions certified gas on a global scale across the full oil and gas supply chain. Georges is the former Director of Origination at Centrica, where he managed the team responsible for Centrica's strategic gas and power transactions. These included strategic gas supply deals, acquisitions such as NEAS Trading, and green certificate origination. Before that, Georges was a director for 10 years at London City commodity trading desks. Positions included Director of Energy Sales at Goldman Sachs, Head of EMEA Energy Marketing at BoA Merrill Lynch, and Head of EMEA Commodity Finance at JP Morgan. Georges began his career in 1996 at BP as Sales Manager, Belgium for fuels and lubricants, followed by BP’s London trading floor as Senior Marketer, Oil Financial Derivatives. Georges holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Josh Etkind (Moderator)
Josh Etkind, Shell Global Deepwater Digital Transformation Manager is an accomplished transformative leader of geographically diverse teams with 21 years of industry experience. Etkind spent the first four years of his career with Schlumberger Integrated Project Management in subsurface & wells project roles, and the last 17 years in Shell in reservoir engineering, wells, planning, decommissioning, and LNG R&D global leadership roles. Etkind serves as CEO of Sanitation for All since 2012, an international NGO focused on providing clean drinking water, sanitation, and education to those in the greatest need in the developing world. His commitment to public service is further evidenced by his past role as the creator and COO of the Friends of Bethlehem Foundation, and by his continued support of Rebuilding Together, and other similar programs. He holds two patents and has published numerous SPE papers and articles. Additionally, Etkind is a certified sustainability practitioner, a graduate of the University of Cambridge Business & Sustainability Program, and is a Fellow of Loyola Institute of Environmental Communications driven to lead through the energy transition, helping humanity thrive within planetary boundaries. He holds a B.Sc. of Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Etkind, an SPE Distinguished Member, has held numerous SPE leadership roles at the section, regional, and international level. He collaborated to create the SPE Young Professionals International Programs, inclusive of creating and serving as a section editor of The Way Ahead magazine, serving as Chairperson of the Young Professionals Coordinating Committee, and helping to set up and run the Ambassador Lecturer Program. He’s held officer roles on the Trans-Pecos and Delta Section Boards, and created and chaired the SPE Delta Young Professionals Program and the OneVoice Program which later inspired aspects of Energy4Me. He chaired the Online Communities Advisory Committee for seven years and led the development of SPE Connect, the SPE PetroWiki, and other related programs. He served as an At-Large Director on the SPE International Board of Directors from 2007-10 and chaired the Print and Electronic Media Board Committee. At that time, he was the youngest BoD member in SPE’s history. At the 2021 ATCE, he starts his term as Chairperson of the Sustainable Development Technical Section and as President of the SPE Gaia Sustainability Program, and finishes a three-year term on the Business Management & Leadership Committee where he led webinar content in support of members’ soft skills development. He’s served three years on the SPE ATCE Startup Village organizing committee and serves as a coach to help start-ups refine their pitches. In recognition of his service, Etkind has been awarded the 2004 SPE Young Professional Outstanding Service Award, the 2010 American Petroleum Institute Meritorious Service Award, the 2012 Regional Service Award, and the 2013 SPE International Distinguished Service Award, and the 2021 SPE International Public Service Award.
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