About The Speaker

About The Speaker [Thirupathi Rao]


Thirupathi Rao
Head, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Department, Environment & Social Performance, Group HSSE, PETRONAS



Thirupathi Rao has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and 20 years of experience in the field of Climate & Energy covering GHG Monitoring Reporting and Verification, Energy Efficiency and Management, Flaring & Venting Reduction in Upstream O&G, Renewable Energy, Biomass, Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage, Electrical Engineering, Carbon Trading & Offsets, Green Buildings and Sustainable Development in general. He has sound experience in developing climate change and sustainable development strategies & policies for large organisations as well Malaysian government.

During his career, he has led the successful registration of 12 carbon offset projects in Malaysia under the UNFCCC, Clean Development Mechanism and earned the first carbon credit for South East Asia and Malaysia back in 2005. He was the lead climate change expert during the National Green Technology Roadmap development in 2010 and actively contributed to a series of Malaysia National Communication reports to UNFCCC. He also attends the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) meetings regularly as a Malaysian delegate.

Currently he is working for PETRONAS as Head of Climate Change, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has been instrumental in the development & implementation of Climate Actions such as PETRONAS Position & Framework on climate change and PETRONAS Carbon Commitment which includes the introduction of internal carbon price & disclosure of GHG target including Net Zero Carbon Emissions Aspiration 2050. Currently, he is pursuing part-time PhD on the topic of carbon pricing in UNITEN, Bangi, Malaysia. He likes to engage in thought leadership discussions to promote climate actions.

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