The people driving ExxonMobil’s net-zero ambition: Erik Oswald

Meet Erik Oswald, a geologist and policy advocate in ExxonMobil’s Low Carbon Solutions (LCS) business. Erik is applying his skills and decades of experience to help reach society’s and our net-zero ambitions.

Perspective Aug. 16, 2022

The people driving ExxonMobil’s net-zero ambition: Erik Oswald

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from sectors that use a lot of energy – such as industrial manufacturing and heavy-duty transportation – is a challenge that will rely on the expertise of highly skilled people around the world. Businesses are using new and innovative ways to deliver the energy the world needs, while also working to transition to a future with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

With the support of clear and consistent government policies, ExxonMobil employees are working hard on our net-zero ambition (Scopes 1 and 2) for our operated assets by 2050. And our rapidly expanding low carbon solutions team is deploying technologies that can capture CO2 and transport it safely to underground storage reservoirs – a solution that requires specialists in engineering, chemistry and geology. One reason we’re focusing on carbon capture and storage (CCS) is that the expertise needed to deliver it is right at the heart of our company.

We sat down with Erik Oswald, a geologist and one of our policy advocacy leaders who has spent more than 30 years in the energy industry. Until recently, Erik had spent his career helping find new oil and gas reservoirs deep beneath the earth’s surface. Today, he uses that subsurface knowledge to advocate for policy that could help industry access suitable locations for storing captured carbon dioxide.

Find out more about Erik’s journey and what motivates him.