David Eyton

bp p.l.c.

Executive vice president, innovation & engineering

As executive vice president of Innovation & Engineering, David is accountable for bp’s digital transformation, technology development and corporate venture capital investments, as well as leadership of the engineering discipline, and safety & operational risk assurance. In this role, David is a member of bp’s Leadership Team and sits on the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments Board. David attended Harrow School and joined bp in 1982 from Cambridge University with an Engineering degree. David was awarded a CBE for his contributions to the UK engineering and energy. He is a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and Institute of Directors, and also a trustee of the John Lyons charitable foundation.

Sessions With David Eyton

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm (CST) / 02/mar/2021 06:30 pm - 02/mar/2021 07:00 pm

    Plenary

    Do We Have Technologies to Get to Net Zero?

    Panel Clean Tech Innovation & Technology Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    There was an avalanche of net-zero commitments in 2020, most of them targeting a “zero-carbon economy” by 2050. While progress has been made in renewable energy and electric passenger vehicles, other sectors—including industry, heavy transportation, and agriculture—that are major sources of emissions have not yet developed cost-competitive low-carbon technologies. Analysis by the International Energy Agency found that 75% of the emissions reductions necessary to achieve net-zero scenarios depend on technologies that have not yet reached commercial maturity. Where are the technology gaps? What is required to fill them? Can the economics work without a substantial price on carbon? Is hydrogen a silver bullet?