07 Mar 2012

IEA Workshop on Golden Rules for Unconventional Gas Prospects



The aim of the workshop organized by the IEA and hosted by the Polish Ministry of Economy and co-hosted by the Mexican Ministry of Energy is to seek insights and information from high-level experts in industry, policymaking and from other relevant stakeholders in various parts of the world on the prospects for unconventional natural gas in light of its environmental impact.

Following on from last year’s special report "Are we entering a golden age of gas?", this year’s World Energy Outlook will provide on 29 May 2012 a special report on the above topic.

The workshop was informal in nature and was by invitation only.

Agenda and background information
Group photo



Opening remarks by government

Welcome by Mr. Waldemar PAWLAK, Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy

Mr. Piotr WOZNIAK, Chief National Geologist and Polish Deputy Minister of Environment

Mr. Mario GABRIEL, Mexican Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons

Dr. Fatih BIROL, Chief Economist, IEA

Her Excellency Jean DUNN, Ambassador of Australia to Poland

Mr. Robert CEKUTA, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State, United States

Opening remarks by industry

Mr. Wim THOMAS,  Chief Energy Advisor, Shell, Netherlands

Mr. Carlos MORALES, Director General, PEMEX Exploration & Production, Mexico

Mr. Kyel HODENFIELD, Vice President Unconventional Resources, Schlumberger, France

Mr. Tristan ASPRAY, Exploration Operations Manager for Europe & Greenland, Exxon Mobil, United Kingdom

Session 1: Environmental issues, mitigation and economics

Chair: Mr. John GALE, General Manager, IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, United Kingdom

Brief remarks: Mr. Clay BRETCHES, Lead author of Prudent Development report, National Petroleum Council, United States Brief remarks: Mr. Mark BROWNSTEIN, Chief Counsel

Brief remarks: Mr. Mark BROWNSTEIN, Chief Counsel of Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund, United States

Open discussion

Session 2: What role for regulation and industry best practices?

Chair: Mr. David GOLDWYN, President, Goldwyn Global Strategies, United States

Brief remarks: Mr. Ben JARVIS, Senior Manager of Coal Seam Gas Regulation, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, Australia

Brief remarks: Ms. Amy EMMERT, Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute, United States

Brief remarks: Mr. Christopher SMITH, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy, United States

Open discussion

Session 3: What role for unconventional gas in future world energy supply?

Chair: Mr. Mel YDREOS, Chair of Task Force on Geopolitics and Natural Gas, International Gas Union

Brief remarks: Mr. Xiaoli LIU, Deputy Director of Energy Economics and Development Strategy Center, Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission, China

Brief remarks: Mr. Anil Kumar JAIN, Special Commissioner, Government of Madhya Pradesh, India

Open discussion

Summary and participants suggestions for WEO-2012 special early report
Dr. Fatih BIROL, Chief Economist, IEA