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His role as CEO of the WPC involves managing the 70 member countries (representing over 97% of the worlds oil and gas production and consumption) and international committees and liaison with other international organizations and the UN. He is a climate change expert and represents WPC at UNFCCC meetings (has attended from COP1) and at the UNFC Sustainability Committee and UNECE Reserves and Resources committees. In addition, he sits on the board of the Energy Access Platform with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

He joined the WPC after 8 years with the International Energy Agency, where he set up the GHG Programme in 1990, responsible for initiating carbon dioxide capture and storage activities. His responsibilities included, technical programme, demonstration plants, JI, AIJ, CDM activities, and studies relating to greenhouse gas emissions from all sources at the IEA. He was the official Liaison with Oakridge National Laboratory (USA) for ETDE and was in charge of producing expert documents for PROMPT (The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies), for DGXVII and DGXIII of the EU.

Before joining the IEA, Dr Riemer was with the British Coal Corporation, where he was involved in the Environmental and later the Corporate Planning Branch. Prior to this he worked on environmental projects and power generation and utililisation studies for the National Coal Board and Coal Products Ltd.

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