Bjørn Otto Sverdrup is the Chair of the Executive Committee of OGCI (Oil and Gas Climate Initiative). He started this position in Mars 2021. The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative is a global CEO-led initiative that aims to accelerate the industry response to climate change. The 12 OGCI member companies represent 30% of world’s oil and gas production and support the Paris Agreement and its aims.
Sverdrup was until recently Equinor’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Sustainability and member of the management committee in the Global Strategy and Business Development business area. He has led the company’s efforts to develop climate roadmaps in recent years. During this period Equinor established the ambition to have carbon neutral operations, to reduce its absolute emission in Norway to near zero and to become a net zero company. Sverdrup has extensive leadership experience in Equinor since 2007 and member of several of Equinor’s top Management Committees. Following the 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway, Sverdrup served as chief of staff for the government-appointed 22. July commission. Sverdrup also served at The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) as advisor and National expert to the EU Commission on corporate social responsibility. Sverdrup is a board member of NTNU. Sverdrup is a political scientist and former research fellow from the University of Oslo.