• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Joanne Mello

Southern Company Gas

Vice President of Corporate Sustainability

Joanne Mello is vice president of Corporate Sustainability for Southern Company Gas, the country’s premier energy company serving 4.3 million natural gas customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states. Mello is responsible for developing and leading the company’s overall sustainability strategy – including the coordination and support of local utility efforts to implement our path to net zero, and the company’s efforts around renewable natural gas (RNG). She coordinates a portfolio of sustainability strategy initiatives for the company’s natural gas business, leading efforts to reduce methane and carbon emissions through policy, strategy and technology, and supporting federal, state, and local climate policy, ESG engagement and strategy, renewable gas strategy, and outreach and communications efforts on climate and sustainability matters. She also co-founded and helps to lead the company’s Innovation Council. Mello previously served as assistant to the President and CEO of Southern Company Gas, supporting the CEO in executing the strategic goals for the company. Before that, Mello served in several roles in the Legal Department of Southern Company Gas. Prior to joining Southern Company Gas in 2007, Mello was a corporate attorney in private practice. Mello holds a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science and a M.A. in Political Science from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2022, and is a member of the 2022 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy of Georgia.

Sessions With Joanne Mello

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 07:15am - 08:20am (CST) / 08/mar/2023 01:15 pm - 08/mar/2023 02:20 pm

    Resilience, Technology Pathways and Energy Transition: The new National Petroleum Council reports

    Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    In July 2022, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm requested that the National Petroleum Council (NPC) conduct an analysis on the energy transition, including steps industry is taking to be an active player in a net-zero economy by 2050. The Progressing to Net Zero report identifies several critical considerations to be taken into account to enable a successful transition over future decades: Transition should be source agnostic; Increased technology collaboration is required to accelerate transition; Policy support is necessary to accelerate deployment and cost reductions; The oil and gas industry has an essential role to play to reduce emissions; Federal, state and local governments also have essential roles to play; Policies that inadvertently cause shortages and consumer pain should be avoided and the energy transition will require significant new investments.