BP has named Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath as its new executive vice president, gas and low-carbon energy, and as a member of BP’s leadership team. Until recently she was chief executive officer of RWE Renewables, a global renewables business.
Dotzenrath is an electrical engineer with more than 25 years of senior experience in energy, industry, and management consultancy, including at the highest level in leading and transforming major renewable energy companies. She led the development of RWE Renewables into one of the world’s largest renewable power companies and the second largest offshore wind player globally, integrating the renewables businesses of E.ON and Innogy into RWE to form RWE Renewables in 2019. Before becoming chief executive of RWE Renewables on its formation, she led E.ON’s Climate & Renewables business as chief executive and previously chief operating officer.
BP plans to significantly expand its low-carbon energy interests, with a target of having developed 20-GW net of renewable assets by 2025 and 50 GW by 2030. BP expects to invest around US$2 billion in low-carbon energy in 2021, rising to US$3 to 4 billion in 2025 and around US$5 billion in 2030.
So far in 2021 BP has entered offshore wind in both the United States and the United Kingdom, acquired a major solar development pipeline in the United States, and its solar joint venture Lightsource BP has continued to grow. By the end of the first half of 2021, BP had developed 3.7 GW of renewable power capacity and had a further 21-GW development pipeline.
“I am delighted that Anja has chosen to join us and help lead BP’s transformation from an international oil company to an integrated energy company. She is exactly the right person for BP, at exactly the right time — a globally respected and deeply experienced leader in renewable energy with a proven track record of transforming and growing businesses,” said Bernard Looney, BP chief executive.