• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Matt Kolesar


Chief Environmental Scientist

Matt Kolesar is the Chief Environmental Scientist at ExxonMobil. In that role, he leads global advocacy and issue management of methane and flaring, as well as managing corporate sustainability focus areas for water, land and habitat, and operational waste. As Chief Environmental Scientist, he provides advanced expert technical leadership consultation and advice to senior leaders on sustainability topics central to business decisions and priorities. Throughout his 24-year career with ExxonMobil, Matt has held a variety of leadership positions at ExxonMobil in the Upstream, Downstream and Chemicals businesses. Matt has B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron, Ohio, and is an avid runner.

Sessions With Matt Kolesar

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 11:55am - 12:45pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 05:55 pm - 08/mar/2023 06:45 pm

    Curbing Emissions: What is the role of oil and gas companies?

    Panel Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    Society is pressing companies and products to compete on carbon, but no one knows precisely what this means, what factors differentiate the winners, or which emission metric will matter the most—absolute or intensity. As the world transitions, what role will oil and gas companies play? How will companies compete on carbon? How will these companies adapt—decarbonizing, moving to alternative energy sources, or by building entirely new product and businesses. What does the pathway to net zero for oil and gas look like?

Thursday, 9 March

  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 08:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 09:00 pm

    New Frontiers for Methane Management Across Sectors

    It is established that oil &gas is at the left-hand side of the marginal-cost-of-abatement curve when it comes to methane and should be taking the lead in methane reduction. However, as the industry plans for abatement, how can other sectors be included in the roadmap? What early collaboration angles can be tackled? Are they business models that are applicable to the various sectors?