• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Vijay Swarup


Senior Director Technology, Corporate Strategic Planning

Vijay has been leading energy technology development at ExxonMobil since 2014. A 30-year veteran of ExxonMobil, Vijay has held a variety of leadership roles in engineering, chemicals, and planning from offices in Alberta, Canada, to Baytown, Texas. Prior to his current position as corporate leader of technology, Vijay served as vice president of research and development overseeing the company’s research facility in Clinton, New Jersey.  He has a PhD in chemical engineering from Rutgers University and serves on the National Academies Board on Chemical Sciences Technology, and the Advisory Boards for the MIT Energy Initiative, and the Singapore Energy Center.

Sessions With Vijay Swarup

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. 
  • 11:00am - 11:30am (CST) / 08/mar/2023 05:00 pm - 08/mar/2023 05:30 pm

    Do We Have the Technologies to Get to Net Zero?

    This session will discuss promising technologies that could help us to get to net zero. What do we have available today and what groundbreaking technology needs to be brought to market at scale?

Thursday, 9 March

Friday, 10 March

  • 11:45am - 12:35pm (CST) / 10/mar/2023 05:45 pm - 10/mar/2023 06:35 pm

    Reimagining the Energy Future

    Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    The year 2022 will be long remembered as a year when the world—and the energy world—changed in multiple ways. Accelerating net-zero ambitions—amid conflict, disruption in global energy markets and global economic headwinds—have been surprising and unexpected developments in 2022 with the launch of RePower EU plan in Europe and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the United States. At the same time, energy security once again became a priority for governments in the face of an “energy war” in Europe, high prices and shortages. COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, did not produce dramatic agreements that some would have expected. Although there was a pledge on “loss and damage,” the structure and funding of the mechanism have yet to be worked out. There was no progress on the mitigation front. In this final conversation, we will synthesize what panelists heard during the week and discuss how to “reimagine the energy future”: Why is the world falling short of reducing emissions? What systemic changes are required to reduce emissions while meeting current and future energy demand? How will the trilemma be solved? Are commercially available technology solutions on the horizon? How do energy cognoscenti at CERAWeek engage with broader public stakeholder groups to create alignment on future net-zero pathways?