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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

  • Johan says we need to operate at all scales as we're interdependent. So what happens when there's inertia on the global political scale? We need the playing field to be set on the long term. Mistakes we make today will mark us for decades and centuries ahead. Hurricane Sandy would have made people more aware that we live in a world full of surprises.


    by Shell on May 14, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    5/15/2013 9:46:05 AM
  • Julia stresses the importance of getting us out of our silos- created at a time when we had different challenges- to work in a more cohesive way. She believes government, civil society and the private sector can work together in a more meaningful way.
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  • by Shell on May 10, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    What can we do by 2020? Restored land can give us solutions. $84 million in livelihood benefits can be provided by restoring 150 million hectares of land, with significant carbon benefits as well.
    5/15/2013 9:50:11 AM
  • Andrew says it easier in the developing world to understand risk and resilience.
    5/15/2013 9:53:06 AM
  • Maryam asks: Does vulnerability ever bring about real change?
    5/15/2013 9:55:03 AM


  • by camera on May 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM via email
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    5/15/2013 9:58:41 AM
  • Next question from the room: Will social networks become a strong driving force?
    5/15/2013 9:59:08 AM
  • We can't only talk about the issue In terms of threats and vulnerability. Only part of the conversation should be about risk. There's got to be a conversation about innovation, opportunity and entrepreneurship, not just in the private sector but in the social sector. New social enterprises are emerging, and new partnership models are driving innovation at the local level. I would urge us all to look at this in ways that turn threats into opportunities. This is where resilience thinking helps us.
    5/15/2013 9:59:56 AM
  • Taking questions from PigeonHole

    by Lillo on May 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    5/15/2013 10:01:17 AM
  • Clearly the power of social media to create behavior is an enormous opportunity. There are communities on Facebook encouraging energy efficiency. If you look at what Chicago is doing to create a suite of software to monitor how the city operates in terms of efficiency. A set of tools developed as a public good that can be available for cities around the world. This is incredible. So social media technologies are using data, media technologies to replicate practices around the world and that is huge.
    5/15/2013 10:03:31 AM
  • Maryam lets Jeremy take a break for a sip of water and asks the other panelists- what are some simple things society can do to increase resilience?
    5/15/2013 10:05:06 AM
  • Johan says it's a complex question. He says we have to recognise complexity and how we are all interconnected- for example, what happens in rain forests and the Arctic is also linked to the economy. Surprises will occur, so you need to build a certain buffer between yourself, your society, and not always operate at the limits.
    5/15/2013 10:05:14 AM

  • Julia says: We have to accept that changes are happening on a scale that our ancestors have not experienced. We have a responsibility to build trust among different actors. That is a huge responsibility. Then we have to communicate positive experiences and tell stories about projects that work and are successful.


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


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  • Andrew says that we must put a value on natural resources.
    5/15/2013 10:06:14 AM
  • Maryam thanks all the panellists and hands over to Victoria for a roving report...
    5/15/2013 10:08:23 AM
  • The webcast will resume this afternoon at around 3:00pm CET

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM via email

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  • Illustrators are representing resilience, showing a wall around water-energy-food.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM via email

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  • Our roving reporter interviewing the artists!
    Two or three hours left to finish the drawing of the resilience system... Making difficult messages accessible to broader audiences. 


    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM via email

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    5/15/2013 10:12:40 AM
  • We are here alongside Shell Eco-marathon Europe, the culmination of months of hard work from students across Europe. They are competing to drive the furthest on the least energy in cars they have built. All the information is here on the web.

    by Shell on May 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    5/15/2013 10:15:54 AM
  • If you are in the Netherlands come along to visit us at the Ahoy arena, Rotterdam, and experience Shell Energy Lab. Register here to visit the lab and Shell Eco-marathon great for free!

    Shell Energy Lab 2012
    by Shell on May 10, 2013 at 8:39 AM
    5/15/2013 10:19:38 AM
  • Johan Rockström earlier defined “resilience” as “the capacity to use shocks and disturbances, such as a financial crisis or climate change, to spur renewal and innovative thinking.” Do you have a view on resilience you would like to share? Post a comment here.
    5/15/2013 10:27:32 AM
  • What is the footprint of this conference compared to the 1 liter marathon activities outside?
  • The first afternoon session brings together three business leaders: Peter Voser, CEO Royal Dutch Shell, Michael Suess, CEO Energy Sector Siemens AG and Jorgen Ole Haslestad, CEO, YARA.
    5/15/2013 10:49:18 AM
  • Jørgen Ole Haslestad - Yara

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM


    Jørgen Ole Haslestad has served as President and CEO since October 2008. Previously he held several senior management positions in Siemens AG, most recently as CEO of the Group’s Industry Solutions Division.


    5/15/2013 10:50:45 AM
  • Michael Suess - Siemens AG


    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM
    Michael Suess was appointed Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and Chief Executive Officer of the Siemens Energy Sector in April 2011. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Fossil Power Generation Division of the Energy Sector from 2008 to 2011 and was a member of the Group Executive Management of the Siemens AG Power Generation Group from October 2006 to December 2007.
    5/15/2013 10:51:23 AM
  • Peter Voser - Royal Dutch Shell plc


    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Peter 
    Voser became Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell on July 1, 2009. Before his appointment as CEO, Voser had been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and an Executive Director of Royal Dutch Shell since 2004. 
    5/15/2013 10:53:33 AM
  • When asked what he hopes today’s event will achieve, one of today’s speakers and resilience expert Brian Walker explained: “That leaders of individual companies understand that for their company to persist in the future, the systems they use and depend on need to be resilient."


    5/15/2013 10:53:53 AM

  • by Lillo on May 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    We break for lunch now, but there is a lot more going on at The Ahoy in Rotterdam today.ShellMay 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM



    5/15/2013 11:01:26 AM
  • Speakers and delegates are finishing their sandwiches as they prepare for the afternoon sessions. Much of the food here was sustainably sourced from local suppliers.

    by lillo on May 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    5/15/2013 11:02:30 AM
  • Welcome back. Delegates are back in their seats and ready to hear three CEOs share their views on how businesses need to adapt to be more resilient.
    5/15/2013 11:04:05 AM
  • Posing for a photo at the #shellenergylab #sem2013 #ecomarathon #ecomarathon2013 #racecar #futureofenergy

    5/15/2013 11:10:12 AM
  • Our roaming reporter Victoria is out in the Shell Eco-marathon Europe paddocks here at the Ahoy in Rotterdam. She's learning more about the driving challenge and the incredible energy efficiency records students manage to achieve. 
    by Shell on May 15, 2013 at 7:10 AM
    5/15/2013 11:11:42 AM
  • The best Shell Eco-marathon teams are able to drive 3,600 kms using one litre of fuel. These solutions and innovations can help all of us in the future to use less energy.
    by Shell on May 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    5/15/2013 11:13:01 AM
  • Victoria is speaking with students at Shell Eco-marathon about the Shell Energy Challenge. Teams designed infographics representing a global energy challenge Shell Energy Challenge
    5/15/2013 11:14:08 AM
  • We will now hear from these three business leaders as they describe how Resilience they must face and how they will do this from the top down.
    5/15/2013 11:15:34 AM
  • Shell CEO Peter Voser is on the stage and explains why businesses are interested in today's themes: they need a licence to operate.
    5/15/2013 11:16:04 AM
  • Peter discusses the need for greater collaboration with others outside the industry in tackling the stresses on energy, water and food, as well as climate change.ShellMay 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM
    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM via email

    5/15/2013 11:18:58 AM

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  • Shell CEO Peter Voser explains how Shell is taking an active role working in cross-sector collaborations to better understand the energy-water-food nexus. In 2012, for example, the company brought together CEOs of multinational companies to identify joint projects that could help to start tackling resource stresses.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM via email

    5/15/2013 11:20:25 AM
  • We learned that collaborating across boundaries is difficult. And saying that it may not have a positive impact on your company's bottom line in the next six months is also difficult. These new forms of collaboration need a top down approach: they need vision and leadership.
    5/15/2013 11:22:45 AM
  • Leaders need to take action and drive the initiatives needed for greater resilience. Peter says he prefers to take action first. He gives some examples of what Shell is doing. In China. together with the National Research Centre, it is looking at scenarios for China related to urbanisation and the future energy system to build the right strategy.


    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM via email

    5/15/2013 11:22:54 AM
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