Platts Bestows its Global Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool, Former Shell Transport and Trading Chair

    Exec, Academic and Scientist Known for Industry Innovations, Advocacy of
    Climate Change Issues

    NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /CNW/ -- Platts, the world's leading energy information
provider, today announced it will award the 2007 Global Energy Lifetime
Achievement Award to Lord Ernest Ronald Oxburgh of Liverpool, former Shell
Transport and Trading chair, industry innovator and current member of the
advisory board of Climate Change Capital, a leading investment banking group
specializing in the commercial opportunities created by a low carbon economy.
    As a scientist, Oxburgh established the Oxford Heat Flow Group, devised
methods of measuring terrestial heat flow and spurred innovation at Imperial
and Oxford Universities.
    The award will be presented on stage at the 9th annual Global Energy
Awards, November 29, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York.
    "Even in the early 1970's, Lord Oxburgh was talking about renewable
energy and clean coal technologies -- as a real beacon of advocacy," said
Victoria Chu Pao, Platts president.  "His sustained vision on sustainability
issues is an inspiration, and his prescience has been rewarded by an
international panel of judges comprising the energy industry's elite.  Lord
Oxburgh is a true visionary."
    Lord Oxburgh, an active parliamentarian, chaired the Science and
Technology Select Committee from 2001 to 2004, and is vice chairman of the
Globe UK Group and treasurer of the Earth Sciences Group.  He is a former
chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defense.  Lord Oxburgh has been
rector of Imperial College London and professor of mineralogy and petrology at
Cambridge University.  A graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Princeton,
Oxburgh is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
    "Judges were impressed by his status as a trailblazer, but also by his
sense of ethics -- ethical standards that led him to warn of the potential
environmental damage from the global hydrocarbons industry even while serving
as chairman of one of the world's largest oil companies," said Pao.
    "Like past finalists and winners of Platts Global Energy Awards, Lord
Oxburgh's career illustrates true innovative spirit and enduring commitment to
world citizens, customers, shareholders, and the industry as a whole."
    Sponsors for the event include Capgemini, as a principal sponsor for the
fifth year, and Bracewell & Giuliani, co-sponsor for the second year.  Other
sponsors: Standard & Poor's, Panasonic Tough Book, and Spectra Energy.
    The Platts Global Energy Awards were established in 1999 to recognize
outstanding achievement in the energy industry. The annual ceremony singles
out the energy industry's top performers, recognizing corporate and individual
achievement, innovation and entrepreneurship.  International judges have
included former OPEC energy ministers, national regulators, heads of major
energy companies, leading academics and legislators.
    Accredited journalists are welcome to be Platts guests at the awards
ceremony as well as the Platts Lecture, which occurs earlier in the day.  The
Platts Lecture will address "Climate, Energy and the Climate for Energy" and
feature two guest speakers.  Television cameras welcome.  To register, go to, or contact Kara Harrell at 817-244-9978.
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