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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chair Dr Hoesung Lee to address International Petroleum Week 2017

Released on 21/12/2016

The Energy Institute (EI), organisers of the renowned annual oil and gas industry forum International Petroleum (IP) Week, is proud to announce Dr Hoesung Lee, Chair of the International Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a keynote speaker to its 2017 event taking place in London, 21-23 February.

In the morning of 23 February, he will be addressing a conference specifically dedicated to discussing the role the oil and gas industry needs to play in the global response to climate change following the Paris agreement.  

IP Week is an annual thought-leadership event that brings together over 1,500 oil and gas professionals from around the world to share insights into the latest industry issues and trends over three days of conferences, roundtables and social events.

Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive, Energy Institute, says, ‘On behalf of the EI, I am delighted to welcome Dr Hoesung Lee to IP Week to bring his expertise and leadership to the crucial debate on climate change.  The oil and gas industry has a proven record of innovation and technical know-how to develop and create innovative solutions to meet the CO2 emissions targets set at COP21; Dr Lee’s insights will undoubtedly provide much food for thought in assessing the part oil and gas companies can play in meeting those targets.  This promises to be a particularly interesting debate and we are most grateful to Dr Lee for accepting our invitation to participate.”

Dr Lee was appointed Chair of the IPCC in October 2015.  He is also Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment in Seoul.  His research encompasses the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development.  He served as Vice-Chair of IPCC 2008-2015 and lead author and review editor for the various IPCC assessments, and has served on many national and international committees addressing climate change and energy.

Dr Lee is a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences, council member of the Global Green Growth Institute and a member of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

The debate will also feature contributions from Prof Jim Skea CBE FEI, Co-chair Working Group III, IPCC and President, Energy Institute; Didier Houssin, Chairman, IFP Energy Nouvelles and Katrina Litvack, Non-Executive Director, Eni.

For more information about IP Week 2017 and to book tickets, visit 

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For further information, please contact: 

Jocelyne Bia, Marketing and Communications Director, Energy Institute

t: +44 (0)20 7467 7132, e:

Notes to editor: The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 23,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 200 energy companies worldwide. The EI provides learning and networking opportunities to support professional development, as well as professional recognition and technical and scientific knowledge resources on energy in all its forms and applications. The EI’s purpose is to develop and share knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safe, secure, affordable and sustainable energy system. A registered charity, the EI serves society by offering scientifically sound information on energy issues and a neutral platform for debate. As the only industry-wide professional body, covering all disciplines and forms of energy, the EI has great strength in the diversity and expertise of its members. For more information, please visit


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