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Richard Ward



  • Zero Methane Emissions

Richard Ward directs the Global Methane Program bringing a breadth of industry and international experience to the role, as well as a demonstrated skill in leading change across complex geographically dispersed organizations.


Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room, Rich led the Sustainability function for Cairn India responsible for one third of India’s oil and gas production. Before joining Cairn, Rich led the Sustainability Function for a major international drilling company working in 23 nations with over 1000 rigs and 28,000 workers. In Washington DC, Rich gained policy experience as an advisor to the UN Foundation and as the Executive Director of the Aspen Energy Initiative where he led a multilateral program that combined the interests of NGOs, industry and government to optimize the environmental potential of natural gas in North America.

Before moving to DC, Rich spent 10 years with Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands where he was responsible for leading a major overhaul and cultural transformation of Shell’s Environmental and Safety Function. In earlier roles, Rich led Shell’s “Factor 4” efficiency effort; he managed CO2 accounting, assurance and reporting for the corporation; and he led change as an organizational effectiveness consultant. Prior to joining Shell, Rich gained broad field experience as a senior environmental manager in Arabia and as an exploration geologist and hydrogeologist in the US.


Executive Leadership Program, IMD Business School in Lausanne Switzerland
M.S. in Applied Earth Science, Stanford University
B.S. Geology, Stanford University


Washington, D.C.

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Cutting Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Production: One of the Year’s Biggest Energy Challenges

Leave it to the rocket scientists to solve our biggest climate mysteries. That’s exactly what NASA has done to kick off 2018, using a spectrometer imaging satellite to measure global methane emissions—a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change—and revealing an alarming increase in these emissions that threatens our climate.