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Thursday 28 3.30pm BST – 29 October 2pm BST 2021

The Responsible Energy Forum at Waddesdon

How it works

The Forum is an invitation-only event for senior industry leaders. If you are interested to attend or learn more about our Forums please do get in touch


Now in its second year, The Responsible Energy Forum has established roots as the place for candid discussion of the contested arguments around climate change, energy security and global prosperity. We bring together our members — who have the capacity and the impetus to drive real change within the fossil fuel and renewables industries — to discuss these tensions in a thoughtful, pragmatic way.

about us

Tortoise is building a different kind of newsroom. We’re opening up journalism and giving everyone a seat at the table. The ThinkIn is the heart of what we do. It’s a forum for civilised disagreement where our members take part in live, unscripted conversations that shape the way we report the world.


Thursday 28 – Friday 29 October 2021 • 3.30pm – 2pm BST

day one: Session 1 of 12

3.30pm – 3.35pm BST

Welcome to Waddesdon from Lord Rothschild

Speakers Lord Rothschild

day one: Session 2 of 12

3.35pm – 3.40pm BST

Welcome from Co-Chairs, Philip Lambert and Claire O’Neill

Editor James Harding
Speakers Philip Lambert and Claire O’Neill

day one: Session 3 of 12

3.40pm – 4pm BST

“How do we ensure a responsible energy transition while avoiding a global energy crisis?” Opening Fireside chat with Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total

Editor James Harding
Speakers Patrick Pouyanné and Philip Lambert

day one: Session 4 of 12

4pm – 4.15pm BST

Keynote Remarks: Dr Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) on the physical science base of climate change, and the implications for the energy transition

Editor James Harding
Speakers Dr Hoesung Lee

day one: Session 5 of 12

4.15pm – 6.10pm BST

Forum Discussion: How do we enable sustainable energy for the developing world?

Editor James Harding
Speakers Tengku Taufik, CEO of Petronas; Thune Andersen, Chairman, Orsted; Andrew Gould, Partner, CSL Energy Council; Andy Calitz, Secretary General, The International Gas Union; Hirohiko Miyata, CEO of Mitsui Europe; Francesco La Camera, Director-General, IRENA; Marco Alvera, CEO, SNAM; Russel Hardy, CEO, Vitol

day one: Session 6 of 12

6.10pm – 6.20pm BST

Remarks from Amos Hochstein, Special Representative for Energy Security, US Department of State

Editor James Harding
Speakers Amos Hochstein

day one: Session 7 of 12

6.20pm – 6.30pm BST

Concluding remarks from Andreas Feicht, State Secretary for Energy, Republic of Germany

Editor James Harding
Speakers Andreas Feicht

day two: Session 8 of 12

9.30am – 9.35am BST

Welcome and recap from Co-Chairs, Philip Lambert and Claire O’Neill

Editor James Harding
Speakers Philip Lambert and Claire O’Neill

day two: Session 9 of 12

9.35am – 9.45am BST

The global energy landscape with Bob Dudley, Chair of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Editor James Harding
Speakers Bob Dudley

day two: Session 10 of 12

9.45am – 11.15am BST

Forum Discussion: How can we achieve the energy transition without imperilling global energy security?

Editor James Harding
Speakers Majid H. Jafar, CEO, Crescent Petroleum; Marco Alvera, CEO, SNAM; Jun Nishizawa, Executive Vice President and CEO, Natural Gas Group, Mitsubishi Corporation; Amber Rudd, Chair, Equinor Advisory Group; Nigel Hearne, President, Eurasia Pacific Exploration, Chevron; Harry Brekelmans, Projects and Technology Director, Shell; Sir John Sawers, Former Head of Mi6; Alexander Landia, Chair, The Mobility House; Audrey Zibelman, Vice President at X, the moonshot factory

Day two: Session 11 of 12

11.15am – 12.30pm BST

Quickfire Discussion and Forum Response

Editor James Harding
Speakers Sam Laidlaw, Chairman of Neptune Energy; Mark Garrett, Chairman of OMV Group; Tim Eggar, Chairman of the UK Oil and Gas Authority; John Knight, Hitec Vision; Gary Nagle, CEO of Glencore

day two: Session 12 of 12

12.30pm – 12.50pm BST

In conversation with Mikhail Fridman, Founder of LetterOne

Editor James Harding
Speaker Mikhail Fridman

The forum leadership

Hosted by

Lord Rothschild

Rothschild Foundation

Chairman of RIT Capital Partners plc, one of the largest investment trusts quoted on the London Stock Exchange, and Chairman of J Rothschild Capital Management.

James Harding

Co-founder and Editor, Tortoise Media

Former Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC. Prior to this, he was the Editor of The Times from 2007-2012.


Philip Lambert

CEO of Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd (LEA).

Claire O’Neill

Managing Director for Climate and Energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Advisory board