SPE Live: Gaia Talk - COP26 Takeaways — A Reality Check

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, took place in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021. 

 This SPE Live event will focus on what was accomplished and identify the most relevant takeaways for SPE members.  We will also cover the issues that remain unresolved and other notable headlines.

This SPE Live is categorized under the Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical discipline.

Trey Shaffer (Moderator)

Senior Partner


For 32 years, he has focused on delivering a broad range of environmental consulting and construction solutions to Oil & Gas and Chemical sector clients throughout the world. He has held senior leadership roles in both operations and commercial functions.  He is currently responsible for leading a team of individuals who are focused on delivering a broad suite of environmental, climate and sustainability services to a portfolio of Fortune 50 oil and gas key clients. 

Trey was elected to the SPE International Board of Directors as the HSSE-SR Technical Director from 2014 to 2017.  During his term on the SPE International Board of Directors, Trey chaired the SPE Climate Change Task Force and assisted the Board of Directors in developing the Climate Change Strategy for SPE.  In 2017, Trey was elected as Vice Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section and completed his term as Chair in August 2019.  During his tenure as the SPE Gulf Coast Section Chair, the section board addressed significant challenges and was recognized with the Presidential Award for Outstanding SectionTrey received the SPE Gulf Coast Section, North America Region Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of HSSE-SR (2010).  He continues to support numerous SPE activities globally and is a founding collaborator on SPE’s Gaia Sustainability Program.  He is a frequent speaker on environmental and sustainability topics. 

Lee Solsbery

Technical Director, Low Carbon Energy Transition


Over the past 20+ years at ERM, Lee has worked as Lead Expert on climate risk and carbon management from the U.K., Singapore, Norway, Netherlands and Houston, Texas. He has provided climate change analysis and strategic advice to major multi-nationals in oil & gas, finance and many other sectors. He is an internationally recognized expert on carbon markets and carbon pricing, serving four terms on the Board of IETA and one term on the Technical Advisory Group to the World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund. Lee previously worked nine years at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris where he served five years as Division Head for Energy and Environment. He led IEA climate work and input to the UNFCCC, IPCC and other international bodies. He participated in the Rio Earth Summit and 21 of the 26 UNFCCC COP meetings.

Deb Ryan

Head of Low Carbon Market Analytics

S&P Global Platts

Deb is the Head of Low Carbon Market Analytics for S&P Global Platts. She provides insights about energy transition and existing low carbon markets including oil and gas. oil and gas economics, reserves, regulation, public opinion, and energy transition.

As a thought leader and noted voice in the energy industry, Deb was named as one of Ally Energy’s “Top Energy Voices” for her “Voice in Sustainability” in 2020 and in 2019 was included in the 40 Top Women in Energy by the Denver Business Journal.

For over 9 years, Deb has served in leadership positions at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) where she currently serves as the North American Regional Director on the International Board of Directors. She is also the current Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE). Originally from Australia, Deb is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Colorado and Texas.

Braulio Pikman

Technical Director


Based in Brazil, Braulio has been participating for more than a decade in international technical panels (UNFCCC and IPCC) working with representatives of several developed and developing countries (officials and private sector) toward the implementation of new low carbon technologies to promote clean and sustainable development. He combines knowledge of the international negotiation process, deep engineering understanding of climate and GHG anthropogenic emissions in all sectors of the economy, extensive experience with mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk. He has been providing specialist sustainability and technical services for companies in the public and private sectors (petroleum, biofuels, agribusiness among others), cities and countries, supporting strategy development, MRV activities and developing methodological approaches focused on integrating sustainability and climate resilience considerations into their businesses, providing technical, operating and investment approaches, as well as project level analyses. Braulio is an Expert Reviewer of National Inventories for the UN agriculture (New Zealand 2020, Finland 2019, France 2016, Norway 2017 and Portugal 2015); Reviewer for the IPCC 2019 GNGGI; Member of the CDM/Meth Panel (2005 present) and the Afforestation Reforestation Working Group for the UNFCCC (2006 2008). Braulio is ERM’s representative in the GHG Protocol initiative to publish Guidance on Land Management.


SPE Live: COP26 Takeaways — A Reality Check
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