• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Carolyn Seto

S&P Global Commodity Insights

Director, Upstream Technology & Innovation

Dr. Carolyn Seto, Executive Director, Energy Technology and Innovation, S&P Global, investigates the roles of technology and innovation in driving strategic choices companies make in the energy sector—from how a company sources new technology to how a technology development strategy impacts a company’s resource portfolio. At CERAWeek, she chairs the Energy Innovaiton Pioneers program,which showcases a select cohort of promising startups working on gamechanging innovations that have the potential to disrupt the global energy system at scale.  Prior to joining S&P Global, Dr. Seto managed the Quantitative Fuel Analytics Group at Edison Mission Marketing and Trading, where she provided short- and long-term insights on coal, natural gas, and environmental markets and advised senior management on the implications of proposed environmental policies and the emerging North American shale gas supply. She has also worked as a Reservoir Engineer for BP, Shell, and Chevron, in development and operational roles, domestic and international. Dr. Seto was the Clare Boothe Luce Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a co-author on the MIT Future of Natural Gas Study, investigating the impact of unconventional supply on North American, global energy markets, and carbon policy. Dr. Seto holds a BSc from Queen’s University and MSc and PhD degrees from Stanford University.

Sessions With Carolyn Seto

Monday, 6 March

  • 05:00pm - 05:30pm (CST) / 06/mar/2023 11:00 pm - 06/mar/2023 11:30 pm

    Geothermal Meetup

    The Innovation Agora Geothermal “Meet-Up” is an opportunity for those who have an interest (or passion!) in the technology to gather in an informal environment to exchange views, learn from each other and establish new contacts during the early part of CERAWeek.

Tuesday, 7 March

  • 07:30am - 08:10am (CST) / 07/mar/2023 01:30 pm - 07/mar/2023 02:10 pm

    Geothermal Energy: What's working and where?

    With the expanding electrification of the global economy as well as increasing pressure to decarbonize power, geothermal energy is experiencing a revival. While this technology has a long history of deployment, it remains limited in application with only a fraction of the global geothermal resource being developed. What are the barriers to widespread deployment? What innovations are needed to accelerate its development and deployment in a renewable energy landscape dominated by wind and solar? What new commercial models will arise, and who is best positioned to capture them?
  • 10:30am - 11:00am (CST) / 07/mar/2023 04:30 pm - 07/mar/2023 05:00 pm

    Scaling CCUS: New business models

    The CCUS value chain offers opportunities for integrated business models that connect players engaged in one or more elements—carbon capture, transport, trading, storage and CO2 use. What are the experiences to date with such full-chain models? What does it take to make such models prosper?
  • 04:30pm - 05:10pm (CST) / 07/mar/2023 10:30 pm - 07/mar/2023 11:10 pm

    Global Energy Innovation Hubs: Where to grow your start-up program

    A global network of hubs featuring incubators and accelerators is forming, each participating in promoting the goal of accelerating the energy transition ecosystem. What are the lessons learned from the existing hubs? 

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 09:30am - 10:10am (CST) / 08/mar/2023 03:30 pm - 08/mar/2023 04:10 pm

    Adapting Proven Technologies to Accelerate Deep Decarbonization

    While new solutions are needed to decarbonize the global energy system, adapting existing technologies developed and matured in other industries for use in future low-carbon energy systems is another pathway to achieving this goal. How are firms leveraging mature technologies to develop new opportunities in low-carbon energy systems? How transferable are they to supporting this goal? How are innovation models evolving to enable this approach to decarbonization?
  • 02:25pm - 03:05pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 08:25 pm - 08/mar/2023 09:05 pm

    Spotlight | The Business of Carbon Management

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization
    Transitioning the global economy to a low-carbon energy system will require a range of solutions—carbon capture, hydrogen, renewable power generation. While many of these are on the cusp of wide-scale deployment, uncertainties remain in cost and potential commercial strategies as firms look to create sustainable businesses out of their efforts. How will these new low-carbon value chains evolve? What new commercial models will arise, and who is best positioned to capture them? What policies and incentives can accelerate their advancement, and how can emerging sources of capital catalyze them?

Thursday, 9 March

  • 08:30am - 09:10am (CST) / 09/mar/2023 02:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 03:10 pm

    Reconfiguring the Global Economy for a Low-carbon Future

    Achieving deep decarbonization of the global economy will require new zero-carbon and carbon-negative technologies and processes. Not only will these solutions transform how energy and materials are produced and consumed, but they will also impact future value chains. What commercial models will arise from these technologies? What role do new entrants play in building them? How are regulatory and financial systems evolving to support their development and accelerate scaling?