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Shell Powering Progress Together 2013 Rotterdam

On May 15th, 2013, the Shell Powering Progress Together Forum brought together 500 delegates from all areas of society, including government, business and civil society. Presenters from the different areas of society discussed the implications and solutions for the worlds’ vital resources that will come under greater pressure over the next decades to come.


Below is the full coverage shared during the event itself. Further information can be found online here. For more about what Shell is doing on resilience, click here

  • We are in a race against poverty and a race against climate change.

    5/15/2013 8:45:57 AM

  • by Shell on May 15, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Dick shows a picture of Perfect Night created by NASA to talk about energy. Light is a sign of economic development and progress. 

    5/15/2013 8:46:48 AM
  • We are in the twin challenge of energy and environment
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  • Energy, water and food are closely linked.

     So Shell is interested in all three.

    5/15/2013 8:48:53 AM
  • Dick Benschop explains that there is an investment challenge in meeting demand for more and cleaner energy. According to the IEA a cumulative investment in the global supply system of $37 trillion could be needed between 2012 and 2035.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM via email

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  • Shell is involved in a project using reed beds to clean water in the desert in Oman.


    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM via email

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  • Natural gas can work with renewable and bring down the use of coal in the global energy system. The revolution of gas supply will allow this to happen.
    5/15/2013 8:54:01 AM
  • Dick agrees that we need more co-operations and more partnerships.
    5/15/2013 8:54:54 AM
  • Maryam is now opening the session to questions from the floor: do send us yours and we will do our best to get them to her.
    5/15/2013 8:55:07 AM
  • Dick says there is real value in early abatement.
    5/15/2013 8:58:00 AM
  • Question in the room: With 400ppm did we already pass the threshold?

    Brian says there are many thresholds. We have already passed this particular threshold, but asks if it is irreversible. He says he's an optimist.Brian says there are many thresholds. We have already passed this particular threshold, but asks if it is irreversible. He says he's an optimist.
    He says governments are elected to look after the well-being of the population. But he suggests government responses can be in silos- we will be more effective through public and private sector partnerships.Neil talks of pressure on the world's resources and climate change, He


    5/15/2013 8:58:48 AM
  • Many people have asked: How can governments provide long-term strategy or solutions in a system where short-term success with their electorates is vital to their existence?
    5/15/2013 8:59:26 AM
  • Neil answers that government must be prepared to take a risk and take on complex challenges.
    5/15/2013 9:00:08 AM
  • Next question in the room
    Will Shell become the number 1 leading company to divert the world from its carbon-intensive pathway?
    5/15/2013 9:01:40 AM
  • Shell is investing, for example, in lower carbon natural gas, biofuels and CCS. But we will not be doing everything - only where we can be meaningful.
    5/15/2013 9:02:52 AM
  • Before we go to our next panel, Soufiane Touzani, a Rotterdam-based freestyle football performer and rapper - famous for his role in the FIFA computer game - will showcase his skills set to music and images related to the energy-water-food theme and the City of Rotterdam.

    5/15/2013 9:03:56 AM

  • by camera on May 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM via email

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  • The second session, looking at the Implications for Society is about to start. The panelists are taking the stage now.
    5/15/2013 9:07:22 AM
  • Johan Rockström - Stockholm Resilience Centre


    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM
    Johan Rockström is a Professor in Environmental Science with Emphasis on Water Resources and Global Sustainability at Stockholm University, and the Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre. Rockström was awarded the title "Swede of the Year" in 2009 for his work on bridging science on climate change to policy and society. He was ranked the most influential person on environmental issues in Sweden 2011.



    5/15/2013 9:07:22 AM
  • Andrew Steer - World Resources Institute


    Andrew Steer
    United Kingdom
    World Resources Institute
    President and CEO
    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Andrew Steer is the third President of the World Resources Institute. He has three decades of experience working on international development on the front line in Asia and Africa, and at a senior level in international policy roles.





    5/15/2013 9:08:04 AM
  • Julia Marton-Lefèvre - International Union for Conservation of Nature


    Julia Marton-Lefèvre
    Hungary
    International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Director General
    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM
    Julia Marton-Lefèvre is Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest conservation/environment membership organisation, which brings together states, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, scientists and experts through a unique worldwide partnership. Prior to this, she was Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE), a graduate-level international university, mandated by the UN, providing education, training and research on issues related to peace and conflict.


    5/15/2013 9:08:27 AM
  • Jeremy Oppenheim - McKinsey & Company



    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Jeremy Oppenheim leads McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource

    Productivity Practice. Drawing on deep expertise in renewables, energy
    efficiency, and environmental finance, he advises private, public, and social
    sector clients globally.




    5/15/2013 9:09:23 AM

  • by camera on May 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM via email

    The big question here is what incentives are needed to encourage everyone to work more closely on global, societal resilience?
    5/15/2013 9:09:24 AM
  • We are getting more questions... why is investing in Resilience good for businesses? 
    5/15/2013 9:12:04 AM
  • It's really hard to be a great company in a really bad market, says Jeremy Oppenheim.
    5/15/2013 9:14:05 AM
  • If you missed the live webcast, you can still watch the video that was just shown in the Forum here:

    Welcome to the Anthropocene from WelcomeAnthropocene on Vimeo.

    5/15/2013 9:16:39 AM
  • Resilience is a very abstract concept that has not yet landed. Every time you use the word resilience with the word systems it seems complicated. Individuals and businesses aren't clear what to do in response. And currently businesses don't operate in a way that explicitly values resilience.
    5/15/2013 9:17:07 AM

  • by camera on May 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM via email

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  • “We live on a planet under pressure,” says Johan Rockström from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

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  • Johan asks how we deal with shocks. He gives the example of the tsunami and says that these types of extreme events have become more frequent.

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

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  • Innovation becomes a critical point to use change as a new trajectory forward.
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  • We need to build our systems to be more resilient to the rapidly changing environment, says Johan.

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  • Water has emerged for businesses, just as it has for communities, as a leading risk. Businesses surveyed are already saying their bottom line is being affected by water risks. Water is number 4 in the top ten global risks. World Resources Institute (WRI) is working on global water risk mapping to help find solutions.
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  • First we identify the risks, then we ask ourselves what would resilience look like? What WRI tries to do is identify risks and create tools that are useful. For example, using the SWAT approach for sustainability to help companies understand how they can become more resilient.
    5/15/2013 9:30:49 AM
  • Energy water and food are intrinsically linked.

    Julia Marton-Lefèvre - Director-General IUCN, talks about how we can make our systems more resilient and that nature needs to be part of the solution.

    by Shell on May 10, 2013 at 2:26 PM

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  • Picture taken by Julia herself 

    by Shell on May 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

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  • Nature-based solutions are not part of the resilience discussion and they really need to be.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM via email



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  • Don't forget to get your questions in here, on Twitter or via email, we'll be sharing them with our panelists throughout the day.
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  • Many people are asking who needs to do better- companies? governments?

    Johan set the scene. We’re moving from the Holocene to the Anthropocene. This is a profound change in how the world works. It’s one thing to understand and one thing to act. If our institutions stand still then we’re not adapting, we’re not being resilient. The institutions we have, have come from another era. If we’re going to adapt to a different way of organizing for a different era, then we need to combine different talents. Combining the talents, expertise and know-how from different parts of society – business, government and communities. It’s our great challenge: Building institutions that are fit for purpose for the era we live in. Institutional Innovation will be key.ShellMay 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    5/15/2013 9:40:22 AM
  • Public-private partnerships can be an Achilles heel as there are so many but the risk is nothing gets done.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM via email

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  • Question in the room: What can we do to encourage institutional change?

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM via email

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