LONDON (ICIS)--Former executive director of Greenpeace UK and climate and energy consultant Stephen Tindale is to provide INEOS Shale with consultancy services related to climate change, the chemicals major said on Wednesday.
Tindale, who is also the co-founder of Climate Answers, will provide INEOS with insight into climate change issues and that role that gas plays in the solution.
“Stephen’s knowledge of and experience in environmental issues including his time spent as adviser to previous environment ministers and as executive director of Greenpeace UK will provide a unique perspective,” said Gary Haywood, CEO of INEOS Shale.
“We can see that the public debate on shale gas extraction is rapidly moving away from the scare stories, as more people find out the facts and the issue is now firmly about climate change.
“In addition to helping us in our thinking around the climate change issues we also hope that Stephen will assist us in achieving a meaningful dialogue with green groups about the rationale for onshore gas production.”
INEOS has been trying to convince the UK of the benefits of shale gas for a few years, with commercial director Patrick Shae saying commercial-scale extraction is possible by 2020.
Tindale said: “I have been arguing the climate, energy security and human rights case for UK shale gas since 2014, so am pleased to have this opportunity to advise INEOS shale on their approach.
“I’m particularly pleased to have been asked to try to arrange discussion between INEOS and green groups. Dialogue between those of differing opinions is central to democratic debate, and INEOS is keen to talk to those who oppose the development of UK shale gas – to outline its perspective, but also to listen and learn.”