Peter Cunningham

Managing Director, Energy & Climate Strategy

Rio Tinto

Peter Cunningham is managing director, energy & climate strategy at Rio Tinto, based in London. 

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.

As managing director of energy & climate strategy, Peter has accountability for strategy development around climate change and the intersection with energy markets, policy analysis and engagement, energy efficiency and energy technology. 

In addition, Peter is accountable for Rio Tinto’s interest in the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) joint venture, a proposed new hydrogen-powered electricity facility that will capture and store most of its carbon related emissions. 

Peter has been with Rio Tinto 17 years, and has held a number of senior roles within the Group, including head of investor relations and head of business evaluation.  Prior to joining Rio Tinto, he studied history at Oxford University and then qualified as a chartered accountant.