John V. Mitchell is an associate research fellow at Chatham House, research adviser at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and honorary fellow at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.
In November 2007 he received a lifetime achievement award for research from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the opening of the third Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) summit in Riyadh.
He retired in 1993 from British Petroleum (BP) where his posts included special adviser to the managing directors, regional co-ordinator for BP’s subsidiaries in the Western Hemisphere, and head of BP’s Policy Review Unit.
He has written three books: The New Economy of Oil (2001) and Companies in a World of Conflict (editor, 1998) both published by Chatham House/Earthscan; and The New Geopolitics of Energy (Chatham House, 1996). He was also a contributor to Oil Titans by Valérie Marcel (Brookings/Chatham House, 2006).
Since energy demand can be affected by developments outside the energy sector – over which the industry has no control – managements need an active and adaptive review process. There is no room for delusion. The slogan "we will need all the energy we can get" is misguided. The future changes. Economics counts – and social climate objectives matter. Sorting the "known unknowns" It helps to sort the unknowns into boxes for different time … [Read more...]