Conference Will Address Sustainability in Oil and Gas Industry

UH Energy Launches New Programs to Address Carbon Management, Corporate Social Responsibility

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UH Energy is launching two initiatives to help the oil and gas industry successfully adapt to a low-carbon world. Photo: Pexels

Amid growing public concern about climate change and the impact of emissions from the oil and gas industries, the University of Houston has launched two new initiatives aimed at helping the industry manage carbon emissions and better integrate concepts of corporate social responsibility throughout their business.

Sami Al-Nuaim, 2019 president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, will offer the keynote address Monday, Jan. 21, at the Hilton University of Houston. Al-Nuaim, manager of petroleum engineering application services at Saudi Aramco, will discuss SPE’s sustainability initiatives.

The event, which begins at 9 a.m., will also be livestreamed on the UH Energy Facebook page,

WHAT:                             Outlook for oil and gas industry transition to a

                                        more sustainable energy future

WHEN:                             9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21

WHO:                              Speakers include Sami Al-Nuaim, 2019

                                        president of the Society of Petroleum

                                        Engineers; Scott Nyquist, senior partner at McKinsey & Company; Flora

                                        Moon, sustainability director for Expressworks International; and John

                                        Hofmeister, founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy.

                                        Full agenda is here.

WHERE:                           Hilton University of Houston, Shamrock Room. Parking available in the hotel

                                          garage or at the Welcome Center garage. Map

MEDIA CONTACT:          Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778,

The new UH initiatives, the Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) and the Consortium for Corporate Social Responsibility (CECSR), address the environmental issues facing the industry from different perspectives.

CCME will be led by Charles McConnell, a long-time energy executive and former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy, who will work with industry to draw upon expertise from engineering, business, law and other disciplines to both reduce industry’s carbon footprint and find new business applications for the carbon and other emissions.

A dozen UH faculty are involved in the center, from disciplines including engineering, physics, business and law.

CECSR will focus on helping industry integrate the principles of corporate social responsibility across the business. It will be directed by Suryanarayanan “Radha” Radhakrishnan, managing director of UH Energy and clinical assistant professor of Decision and Information Sciences in the UH Bauer College of Business.

“There are a range of business issues, public policy and technological issues that need to be looked at,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at UH. “The industry is likely to face significant challenges unless it can address emissions going into the atmosphere, along with existing emissions.”