Speaking at CERAWeek 2019 in Houston, Texas, BP CEO Bob Dudley drew attention to the young people taking part in the worldwide climate strike and the need to engage with a new generation of consumers.
“There is a rising tide of concern on many fronts about the lack of progress on climate issues – not just concern, anger,” he said. “I think we can all understand those frustrations. It may not always come across as clearly as we’d like it to, but we also want the world on a more sustainable path.”
Dudley called on the industry to prioritise clean energy and to engage with policymakers, including those backing the Green New Deal.
“We have to move from being pure-play oil and gas companies into broader energy businesses,” he commented. “Our focus has to be on developing an energy system that is cleaner, better and kinder to the planet. But we can only fully play our part if we have the trust of society and the confidence of our shareholders. That means engaging more with the young people who will take to streets on Friday. It means improving the dialogue we have with policymakers around the world, including those behind the Green New Deal.”