David Binnie (He/Him) is the General Manager of Energy at Tuaropaki Trust and was the former Head of Supply for Z Energy, NZ’s largest downstream fuels company. Dave leads the Energy portfolio for Tuaropaki Trust including geothermal electricity and green hydrogen with a mandate to grow and diversify into other forms of low-carbon energy including solar. Dave joined Z in 2014 and managed the merger of Chevron’s NZ’s supply assets into Z and commissioned NZ’s first commercial-scale Biofuels plant. Prior to Z Dave spent over 25 years in global business development with BP and briefly led Petroleum and Minerals development for the New Zealand government.
In 2006 Dave made his first venture into low-carbon energy leading BP’s Hydrogen Power project in Abu Dhabi, a passion and purpose which has sustained his commitment to the transition to a rapid and just energy transition to combat climate change. A restless advocate for change, he believes that the private sector has a unique capacity to accelerate the energy transition by providing innovative solutions, forging alliances and helping shape government policy. “I was schooled in oil & gas for the first 30 years of my career by some of the best engineers and scientists” “The skills we need to transition from hydrocarbon energy to low carbon energy are available now and we can channel them to the ideas that matter most” “The NZ Energy Awards provides unique access to celebrate those who have been bold enough to make those ideas a reality.”