John Gale has been associated with the energy industry for some 40 years. He has a degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry. He spent 18 years with The British Coal Corporation undertaking work on advanced coal fired power generation options. He then spent 7 years working as an environmental consultant with IMC Group Ltd. This work took him to China, India, South Africa, Bulgaria, Russia and Romania undertaking studies on improving the efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of coal use in both industry and the power sector.
He joined the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) in 1999 and managed the Programmes activities on Non-CO2 greenhouse gases, greenhouse gas abatement in energy intensive industries and geological storage of CO2 before becoming General Manager in 2008. As General Manager he is responsible to the IEAGHG Executive Committee for ensuring the programmes activities are operated in accordance with legal requirement and IEAGHG’s technical work programme is delivered to time and budget. He also works directly to the Chair of the Executive committee and vice chairs on issues relating to strategic planning, etc., He represents IEAGHG on various IEA committees as required, such as the IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels and coordinates IEAGHHG,s input to IEA publications like World Energy Outlook and Energy Technology Perspectives
In addition to his work with IEAGHG:
- He was one of the co-coordinating lead authors on the 2005 IPCC Special Report on CO2 Capture and storage for which he was acknowledged as a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC in 2007.
- He has been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Greenhouse Gas Control since 2007.
He has authored over 80 technical papers in conference proceedings and peer reviewed journals.
He has recently been appointed as a Director of IEA Environmental Projects Ltd the Operating Agent for the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme.