Shell Brings Thought Leaders Together across Asia

According to the United Nations, continuing population growth is projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050, with nearly 90 per cent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa. In the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, energy supply is expected to go up by 60 per cent by 2035 to meet the growing demand associated with the rapid urbanization, industrialization and economic growth taking place. As Asia rapidly urbanises, it needs to do so while reducing its carbon footprint. Societies and governments thus face a dual challenge: how to make the transition to a lower-carbon world while also ensuring more and cleaner energy for economies to expand and prosper. [caption id="attachment_37321" align="aligncenter" width="176"] Image Credit: Wikipedia[/caption]

“Energy is a vital hidden ingredient in almost every economy, and cities are the biggest users of energy. Occupying less than two per cent of the world’s landmass, and hosting more than half of the world’s population, cities account for more than 60 per cent of global energy use today and this number is estimated to rise to 80 per cent by 2040. Fundamental changes need to happen across the global economy, especially in power, transport, buildings and industry which produce significant carbon dioxide emissions,”
said Goh Swee Chen, Vice President, City Solutions – New Energies and Chairman, Shell Companies in Singapore. She added, “Shell Powering Progress Together is important because it is a venue for us to bring people with bright ideas together to discuss, debate and engage on the important topic of delivering more energy and cleaner energy.” “We are living in an era of unprecedented urbanisation. The issue of sustainable development has rightly taken centre stage: much of the public debate on sustainability revolves around reducing carbon emissions and increasing the use of green technology for energy sources,” said Dr Cheong Koon Hean. She added, “However, technology is only an enabler in solving the challenges associated with sustainable urban development. Sustainability can only be attained when a comprehensive and holistic approach is taken, starting with strategic planning choices on how we optimise our land and resources, and develop in an environmentally-responsible manner. “Following this, we can harness the appropriate technologies to tackle urban and environmental issues. As a city state which is land and resource constrained, Singapore will have to turn to integrated urban solutions which strengthen the water-energy-waste nexus and supply part of our energy needs from renewable energy such as those generated from solar PV. We should also adopt smart technologies to help us to manage our urban services in a more energy efficient manner.” The discussion continued with two roundtables, each designed to engage industry stakeholders on the following topics: – Shell Powering Progress Together Roundtable on How Technology is Revolutionising Manufacturing and Supply Chain (in partnership with HP) – How modern technology can be implemented to enable sustainable manufacturing and create efficiencies within the supply chain. – Shell Powering Progress Roundtable on Accelerating Accelerators – How corporates can partner governments, investors, and each other for a more collaborative accelerator space. Source / More: Shell oilandgasOil and Gas News Undiluted !!! “The squeaky wheel gets the oil” Follow us: @OilAndGasPress on Twitter | OilAndGasPress on Facebook ]]>