The world of energy faces some tough challenges in the decades ahead, particularly in meeting increasing demand while lowering environmental impact. The BP Technology Outlook shows how technology can play a major role in responding to these challenges by widening energy resource choices, transforming the power sector, improving transport efficiency and helping to address climate concerns through 2050. The Outlook is intended to help decision-makers as they make choices about policies, investments and priorities for the years ahead.
BP’s Technology Outlook examined what technology can do in terms of access to primary energy resources; how it might change both the power and transport sectors, especially in the context of reducing carbon emissions; the impact of natural resource constraints on technological choices; and emerging technologies that have the potential to accelerate or disrupt energy models in the future.
During his presentation, featured speaker David Eyton, BP’s head of technology, discussed findings from BP’s Technology Outlook.
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David Eyton is the head of technology for BP. He is accountable for technology strategy and its implementation across BP, and conducting research and development in areas of corporate renewal. Eyton serves as a fellow for the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering; Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; and Institute of Directors. He also sits on the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute Board.
Eyton previously served as vice president for technology of BP’s Exploration and Production Group. In this role, David was responsible for research and development, technical service work, digital and communications technology, and procurement and supply chain management for BP’s upstream business.
During his early career, he held a number of petroleum engineering, commercial and business management positions. In 1996, he was named general manager of BP’s North West Shelf interest in Australia. Eyton later managed Wytch Farm in the UK and then BP’s gas businesses in Trinidad. Following that assignment, Eyton served as vice president of deepwater developments in the Gulf of Mexico. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Cambridge.