Ronald Oxburgh

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Lord Ronald Oxburgh was chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence from 1988 to 1993, and rector of Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine from 1993-2000.

He was knighted (KBE) in 1992 and made a Life Peer (crossbench) as Baron Oxburgh, of Liverpool in the County of Merseyside in 1999, where he chaired the House of Lords select committee on science and technology.

Lord Oxburgh became the CEO of Shell in March 2004 (having been non-executive director) and was charged with 'restoring its battered reputation' while continuing to sit in the Lords. [1] He retired from Shell in 2005

Biography

Oxburgh is a member of the Advisory Panel of Climate Change Capital (CCC). According to his biography on CCC's website:

Lord Oxburgh is well known for his work as a public advocate in addressing the need to reduce CO2 emissions and develop alternative energy sources.
Lord Oxburgh is a Fellow of the Royal Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Member of the U.S. Academy of Sciences. He is currently Chairman of Falck Renewables and blue-ng. He a member of A*star (Advisory Committee on Science, Technology and Research for Singapore) and is a member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom. He served as Chairman of The Shell Transport and Trading Company, P.L.C. until its unification with Royal Dutch Petroleum. He has taught Geology and Geophysics at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology and Cornell University.
He is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Princeton. [2]

Carbon Capture and Storage

Oxburgh Oxburgh is honorary president of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association. He has been an advocate of CCS as a climate change solution since 2004.[3]

In 2009 he issued a joint statement with Dr Jeff Chapman Carbon Capture and Storage Association, David Hawkins Natural Resources Defence Council, Richard Lambert CBI, John Prescott MP, Frederic Hauge Bellona Foundation, Stephen Hale Green Alliance, Steve Holliday National Grid, :

We urge ministers to ensure CCS is fully integrated within the post-2012 climate change agreement that will be negotiated at COP 15 in Copenhagen in December - which should promote the broad use of CCS technology in both developed and developing countries. This will necessitate the operation of 100 commercial-scale power plants fitted with CCS worldwide by 2020, with a commitment to invest $130bn between now and 2020'.[4]

Shale gas

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Oxburgh was a speaker at the Shale UK 2014 conference in London, held in March.

Affiliations

Lord Oxburgh has been a member of the Science and the Engineering Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, and the Advisory Council for Science and Technology. From 1988 to 1993, Lord Oxburgh was chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence, and from 1993 to 2001, Rector of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Occasional professional advice is given to: Deutschebank; Evo Electric Ltd (electric motors); Climate Change Capital; Government of Singapore (higher education; water resources; energy); Fujitsu (IT services); Geothermal Engineering Ltd; McKinsey & Company[5]

When asked about his interests by the Wall Street Journal, Oxburgh said he is the unpaid and honorary president of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and that he advises the Government of Singapore on science, energy, environment and higher education.[6]

Publications

  • Butler, R. Sir, Oxburgh, R. Sir and Field, F. (1996) Social business, Newchurch lecture series, London : Newchurch & Company, ISBN 0-9529139-0-9
  • Oxburgh, E.R., Baron (Chairman) (2004) "Chips for everything : follow-up : report with evidence : 1st report of session 2003-04 / House of Lords, Science and Technology Committee, House of Lords papers 15, London : Stationery Office, ISBN 0-10-400372-3
  • Oxburgh, E.R., Baron (Chairman) (2004) "Radioactive waste management : report with evidence : 5th report of session 2003-04 / House of Lords, Science and Technology Committee", House of Lords papers 200, London : Stationery Office, ISBN 0-10-400568-8
  • Oxburgh, E.R., Baron (Chairman) (2004) "Renewable energy : practicalities ; 4th report of session 2003-04 / House of Lords, Science and Technology Committee", House of Lords papers 126, London : Stationery Office, ISBN 0-10-400506-8
  • Oxburgh, E.R., Baron (Chairman) (2004) "Science and the RDAs : follow-up : report with evidence : 2nd report of session 2003-04 / Select Committee on Science and Technology", House of Lords papers 103', London : Stationery Office, ISBN 0-10-400463-0
  • Oxburgh, E.R., Baron (Chairman) (2004) "Science and treaties : 3rd report of session 2003-04 / Select Committee on Science and Technology", House of Lords papers, 110, London : Stationery Office, ISBN 0-10-400471-1

Notes

  1. David Adam, The Guardian, 17 June 2004,'I'm really very worried for the planet'
  2. Lord Ronald Oxburgh, Climate Change Capital website, undated, accessed 4 September 2014
  3. David Adam, The Guardian, 17 June 2004,'I'm really very worried for the planet'
  4. The Guardian (London)p.33, October 14, 2009. 'Reply: Letters and emails: Carbon capture deal for Copenhagen'
  5. Lord Oxburgh Parliament.UK, accessed 22 December 2014
  6. House of Lords Wall Street Journal, accessed 22 December 2014
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