ROME, November 12 /CNW/ - Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) Chairman and
Chief Executive, Rex Tillerson, today called for a renewed commitment by
energy producing and consuming nations to open markets and international trade
as the means to meet pressing global energy challenges.
During his Special Address to the 20th World Energy Congress in Rome on
November 12, Mr. Tillerson said the international energy industry had a long
history of advancing technology to develop new energy supplies -- and to
deliver these to the consumer via an efficient and open international
"If we are to build a more secure future for our generation and those
that follow, we must renew our commitment to the values of international trade
and open markets," Mr. Tillerson said.
"Unfortunately, current conditions and emerging challenges have led some
to pursue isolationist or protectionist energy policies which could have
severe consequences for the global economy and for global energy security over
the longer term.
"It is also important to recognize that, while all economic energy
sources should be pursued to meet growing demand, fossil fuels -- oil, natural
gas and coal -- will continue to play the predominant role well into this
century due to their scale, reliability and affordability."
Mr. Tillerson told the Congress that industry and policymakers were also
challenged by the need to supply growing global energy needs while at the same
time addressing the risks of climate change.
"ExxonMobil is taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a wide
range of fronts," Mr. Tillerson said.
As one example, steps taken by the company to improve energy efficiency
at its facilities and investment in cogeneration since 1999 resulted in the
avoidance of 12 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year
alone. In addition, ExxonMobil is working with auto and engine makers on R&D
programs that could yield fuel economy improvements in internal combustion
engines by as much as 30 percent, with lower corresponding emissions.
"In a further development, we will soon be unveiling new separator films
for lithium-ion batteries, with the potential to improve the energy efficiency
and affordability of next generation hybrid and electric vehicles," Mr.
"Developed by ExxonMobil's Chemical Company, these new film technologies
are expected to significantly enhance the power, safety and reliability of
lithium-ion batteries, thereby helping speed the adoption of these smaller and
lighter batteries into the next wave of lower-emission vehicles."
Mr. Tillerson said that, just as all economic energy sources would be
needed to meet growing demand, so too would a wide range of technology options
be required to reduce global emissions.
"The key to the innovation and creativity needed to address global energy
challenges lies in free markets and strong international partnerships," he
"It is more important than ever today that industry, policymakers and
civic leaders work together to support these important principles," Mr.
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