Wintershall Dea COO Dawn Summers re-elected as president of GasNaturally

Wintershall Dea Dawn Summers Re-elected GasNaturally
Wintershall Dea Dawn Summers Re-elected GasNaturally
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  • Summers will serve another term of two years as of January 2023
  • She wants to bring forward the diversification of energy imports and tackle climate change with the members

Dawn Summers, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wintershall Dea, has been re-elected as President of GasNaturally, the partnership representing the European gas industry. Summers has been in this role for two years and will serve another term of two years as of January 2023. The Presidents of the member associations of GasNaturally have re-elected her. Summers has played a central role in representing GasNaturally vis-à-vis external stakeholders and shaped the agenda and positioning of the partnership’s engagement activities.

Following her re-election, Summers said: “I am delighted in the trust the members of GasNaturally have placed in me and look forward to working with all of them at this crucial point in time. At the moment the diversification of gas and oil imports into the EU will and must be one of our main issues as an industry. At the same time it is also important to continue on the path we have taken to tackle climate change.”

The gas industry must and will continue to demonstrate that it is a part of the future by helping to shape the fields of hydrogen and renewable gases as well as their dedicated infrastructure for industrial appliances, transport, and buildings, also by means of repurposing existing gas infrastructure. Dawn Summers: “As an industry we are solution-oriented, we take responsibility and can pull together with policy makers.  With a variety of innovative technologies, the gas sector is well-equipped to contribute to the future and the vision of a climate neutral Europe.”

Dawn Summers has been the COO of Wintershall Dea since 1 June 2020 and is responsible for Europe, Middle East and North Africa. She has more than 25 years of international experience in the gas and oil sector, including with BP, Genel Energy, Origin Energy and Beach Energy.

About GasNaturally

GasNaturally is a partnership of seven associations from across the whole gas value chain. The members are involved in gas exploration and production, transmission, distribution, wholesale and retail operations, as well as in gas transport.

About Wintershall Dea

Wintershall Dea is Europe’s leading independent natural gas and oil company with more than 120 years of experience as an operator and project partner along the entire E&P value chain. The company with German roots and headquarters in Kassel and Hamburg explores for and produces gas and oil in 12 countries worldwide in an efficient and responsible manner. With activities in Europe, Russia, Latin America and the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa), Wintershall Dea has a global upstream portfolio and, with its participation in natural gas transport, is also active in the midstream business. More in our Annual Report.

As a European gas and oil company, we support the EU's 2050 carbon neutrality target. As our contribution we have set ourselves ambitious targets: We want to be net zero across our entire upstream operations – both operated and non-operated – by 2030. This includes Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) greenhouse gas emissions on an equity share basis. Wintershall Dea will also bring its methane emissions intensity below 0.1 per cent by 2025 and maintain zero routine flaring of associated gas in its operations. In addition, we plan to reduce emissions resulting from the use of hydrocarbons by applying CCS and low-carbon hydrogen technologies, potentially building up a business abating 20-30 million tonnes of CO2 per annum by 2040. You can find more about this in our Sustainability Report.

Wintershall Dea was formed from the merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, in 2019. Today, the company employs around 2,500 people worldwide from almost 60 nations.

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