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Innovation & engineering

Driving digital and innovation, enabling bp and its customers to thrive in the energy transition to net zero

We don’t just talk about innovation in bp, we do it – and have been for many years. This track record gives us confidence in continuing to transform, change and innovate at pace and scale, while always focusing on safety – a fundamental component of who we are.


Innovation & engineering (I&E) is the convergence of our science, engineering, and digital capabilities – home to over 3,000 technical and professional specialists.


Our central engineering and safety & operational assurance authorities set bp-wide requirements and governance, as well as providing guidance and deep technical expertise.


Applied sciences is set across 13 sites, with a research and development spend of $330 million per year, complemented by leading external partnerships, increasingly orientated towards reducing carbon emissions.


We continue to invest heavily in digital, through a multi-billion-dollar annual spend, across four distinct teams, and a new operating model centred on product leadership.


Digital Enterprise enable the underlying infrastructure from which over 60,000 staff and 60 sites operate and connect every day. Our security specialists protect and safeguard our systems, assets and people from cybercrime and digital threats. Digital technology horizon-scan, trial and deploy pioneering new approaches and solutions. And Digital product management adopt a relentless customer focus developing products for our businesses to provide the affordable, reliable, and increasingly clean energy the world needs.

“I&E embraces digital and innovation, transforming the present and reinventing the future.”
Twin win

Innovation in action

Watch two snapshots of our more recent innovations and partnerships

BP Ventures and Grid Edge

Dig deeper

Find out more about the I&E team and their strategy or catch up on the Technology Outlook podcast series

Highlights