• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Josu Jon Imaz


Chief Executive Officer

Josu Jon Imaz has been chief executive officer since April 2014. Ever since, he has led Repsol's transformation process, which has established itself today as a global multi-energy company, a major player in the Spanish electricity and gas market, and a leader in the development of sustainable mobility solutions that boasts one of the most efficient refining systems in Europe. Under his leadership, Repsol has accelerated its assets' decarbonization process with the aim of leading the energy transition. In 2019, it became the world's first company in its sector to commit to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. In 2008, Josu Jon Imaz joined Repsol as chairman of its subsidiary Petronor, a company where he successfully managed the challenges of modernization, sustainability, and community relations. As of 2010, in addition to serving as chairman of Petronor he also became director of New Energies. In 2012, he joined the Executive Committee as executive managing director of the Industrial Area and New Energies, where he was responsible for coordinating the activities at all the industrial complexes, among other functions. He was also vice chairman of Gas Natural SDG, S.A. from September 2016 to February 2018. Josu Jon Imaz is a Doctor of Chemical Sciences from the University of the Basque Country. He graduated from the School of Chemical Sciences in San Sebastián and received the award of excellence upon completion of his degree. He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School in the United States. He began his career in the field of research upon being sent to the French Technological Center (CETIM) in Nantes, as well as in the field of industrial (Grupo Mondragón) and business project promotion in connection with the world of energy. Josu Jon Imaz also held a number of political roles, including notable ones within the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism of the Basque Government in 1999, and as president of the Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV). He is currently CEO of Repsol and trustee of the Repsol Foundation. Mr. Imaz was appointed chief executive officer of Repsol and member of the Corporate Executive Committee by the Board of Directors on April 30th, 2014. His appointment was ratified, and he was reelected at the Annual General Meeting on April 30th, 2015, and on May 31st, 2019.

Sessions With Josu Jon Imaz

Monday, 6 March

  • 12:00pm - 12:40pm (CST) / 06/mar/2023 06:00 pm - 06/mar/2023 06:40 pm

    Navigating the Trilemma: Security, sustainability and affordability

    Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    Our global energy system, launched on a course of transition to a net-zero emissions world, has bumped against short-term energy security requirements as countries try to navigate numerous immediate crises. While the long-term transition continues to accelerate, the world remains on track to exceed the greenhouse gas emissions required to meet Paris Agreement climate change goals. The challenge of how to bridge this gap while also balancing the three goals of energy security, sustainability and affordability, is central to navigating the Energy “Trilemma.” When any solution targeting one of these elements must consider the ramifications for the other two, maintaining this balance will be challenging and risks passive trade-offs between equally critical priorities. How will our global energy system strike this balance effectively? How can the world meet growing demand for energy while reducing emissions? How will the application of digitalization, automation and artificial intelligence help solve the energy trilemma?