• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Matt Watson


Vice President, Energy Transition

Matt leads EDF’s global methane work, overseeing the organization’s strategy to reduce energy sector methane emissions consistent with a 2050 net-zero carbon future. Over the past decade, he has played a lead role in developing and overseeing numerous campaigns to secure groundbreaking oil & gas methane regulation and legislation at the national and subnational levels across North America, and to advance private-sector partnerships and projects in support of methane mitigation. Matt now leads methane advocacy efforts managed by teams working across North America, Europe, China, India and the Asia-Pacific. He sets broad strategy and oversees teams of policy experts, scientists and analysts, economists, attorneys, public affairs specialists and communications professionals, and works with key stakeholders in business, government, academia, the media, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Matt has more than a decade of experience in the oil and gas space and broad background in environmental policy, including issues related to transportation, land use, renewable energy and energy efficiency, gas and electric utility regulation, carbon capture, and water planning.  Matt holds a bachelor's degree in Law and Society from the University of California Santa Barbara and a master's degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Sessions With Matt Watson

Thursday, 9 March

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 05:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 06:15 pm

    S&P | Opportunities to Address Energy Security by capturing Fugitive, Vented, and Flared methane

    In one to three years, capturing methane and flared gas and commercializing it as natural gas could replace the 43% of the natural gas that Russia has cut to Europe. This Lyceum will cover an S&P Global Commodity Insights study that demonstrated that focused action in North America, North Africa, Central Asia-China, Nigeria, Aussie-ASEAN and the Eastern Mediterranean could deliver 40 Bcm of incremental natural gas to global markets in less than three years.
  • 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?