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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

  • Shell works with the Nature Conservancy in the USA to use oyster beds to help protect parts of the coastline under threat of erosion.
    5/15/2013 11:23:47 AM

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  • I am very proud of the initiatives we have started. We still have a long way to go, but I am glad we have started to embed water and resilience thinking in what we do.
    5/15/2013 11:25:26 AM
  • Yara aims to transform energy and help provide food security, says Jørgen Ole Haslestad.


    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM

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  • Jorgen is CEO of Yara, the largest producer of mineral fertiliser in the world and which focuses on sustainable production.

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    5/15/2013 11:30:01 AM
  • Question: What do you think businesses should do to help society become more resilient?
    5/15/2013 11:30:55 AM
  • A change in diet combined with increased population means we need to increase the efficiency of agriculture.ShellMay 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM

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  • Delivering heat and CO2 from fertiliser plants goes to greenhouses to help tomatoes grow.

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

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  • Jorgen explains how Yara uses the life-cycle approach, which calls for efficient agriculture, the right products and solutions, and catalyst technology. Since 2004 Yara has reduced emissions from its plants using catalyst technology. They are taking this knowledge from factories to the farm.


    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM via email

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  • Michael Suess, CEO Energy Sector Siemens AG, explains how to encourage collaboration, you have to move people to see how collaboration is good for them in the short-, medium- and long term. There is a certain resistance because for a lot of people change means threat, not opportunity. You have to show a path where people can see how they will benefit from collaboration. The first question for most is "what's in it for us?' You have the same behaviour in organizations. You have to make it a positive scenario for them.
    5/15/2013 11:39:23 AM
  • We are stakeholders of society, says Michael Suess.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM via email
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    5/15/2013 11:41:00 AM
  • Questions are coming in thick and fast from the audience. They are voting for their preferred question using a service called Pigeonhole on their mobile devices.
    5/15/2013 11:41:54 AM
  • More questions in the room.... The first voted for is:

    Is there a genuine business case for sustainability for a corporation when competitors do not walk the walk?

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM via email

    5/15/2013 11:43:52 AM
  • 100% yes. There is no model for the long term which is not a sustainable business model. Businesses cannot exist today without a model and approach for sustainability. Sustainable development is an overarching objective and target.
    5/15/2013 11:47:19 AM
  • Peter says that the investments in renewables across the world has ballooned in recent years. He says businesses are doing much more than is perceived.
    5/15/2013 11:47:22 AM
  • Jorgen believes the private industry are taking more action than the governments- they are thinking long term. Their businesses are all more than 100 years old.
    5/15/2013 11:47:31 AM
  • Michael explains how efficiency in gas-fired power plants went up 10% in the past 20 years. Combined heat and power drives a lot of reduction. These kinds of solutions can be applied in emerging countries. Sustainability is not in an embryonic stage: it is part of the business model of successful companies.
    5/15/2013 11:50:41 AM
  • Maryam asks if collaboration is in fact not working....

    Peter says companies like Shell are looking to find better, more sustainable solutions today as part of our normal business. There our collaboration is widening because industry partners are coming together. But what we need to do is open collaboration across the value change, across sectors and industries. Shell is trying pilots at the local level, working with cities and other cross-sector partners, to get tangible results.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 1:52 PM via email
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    5/15/2013 11:53:43 AM
  • Panellists are now coming off stage. The next session asks how can we make cities effective hubs for experimentation, action and measurable progress?

    by Shell on May 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM


    5/15/2013 11:55:03 AM
  • Cities are growing at an amazing pace. By 2050, over 75% of us could be living in cities - equivalent to building one new city of 1.3 million people every week for the next 40 years.
    5/15/2013 11:58:12 AM

  • by Shell on May 15, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Victoria has now made her way to the Shell Energy Lab. If you are not too far from Rotterdam this weekend come and visit. It is free to register here: https://www.shellenergylab.nl/en/

    5/15/2013 11:58:13 AM
  • Our panellists for this next session are: Alexandra van Huffelen and Julien Goh are here to focus on how cities are addressing the issue of Resilience.
    5/15/2013 11:58:42 AM
  • Julian Goh - Centre of Liveable Cities


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

    Julian Goh is Associate Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), part of the Ministry of National Development Singapore. He has considerable experience in urban planning and development in the public and private sector. For Siemens he set up the City of the Future and the Smart City programme.


    5/15/2013 11:59:02 AM
  • Alexandra van Huffelen - City of Rotterdam


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

    Alexandra van Huffelen, in her function as Alderman for Sustainable Development, Inner City and Public Spaces at City of Rotterdam, is responsible for the current prioritising of sustainability in Rotterdam. She is also on the regional executive committee of ICLEI, an association of over 1,220 local government members who are committed to sustainable development.

    5/15/2013 11:59:20 AM
  • Worldwide cities are the first to deal with the impact of climate change and pressure on resources, Alexandra explains. Cities use 75% of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions.
    5/15/2013 12:00:37 PM
  • A good example of the relationship between food, water, and energy is this picture during hurricane Sandy in New York City. Experts from Holland, and mainly Rotterdam, gave advice and helped New York City on how to prevent damage in the future.

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

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  • Alexandra explains how cities are working closely to fight the challenges they are facing.Cities like Rotterdam are working together in powerful networks: for example 1100 cities worldwide  teaming up to fight climate change. The C-40, set up by Bill Clinton, is another example. Rotterdam is a part of this initiative.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM via email

    5/15/2013 12:03:48 PM
  • Worldwide cities are the first to deal with the impact of climate change and pressure on resources, Alexandra explains. Cities use 75% of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM via email

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  • Rotterdam aims to reduce its CO2 levels by 50% by 2050 and be 100% climate-adapted to avoid flooding.
    5/15/2013 12:05:16 PM
  • Rotterdam central station has a solar roof to supply energy for lights and escalators.

    by Shell on May 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

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  • Urban farming 

    by Shell on May 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

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  • Cities are at the heart of the problem we are discussing today- and they are at the heart of the solution. 

    5/15/2013 12:08:21 PM
  • Two faces of flooding.

    Ho Chi Min City
    by Shell on May 14, 2013 at 3:52 PM
    Flood in unembanked area Noordereiland
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    5/15/2013 12:09:09 PM
  • Julian Goh, Deputy Director for the Centre for Livable Cities based in Singapore, shares some images of how cities have expanded over time. Singapore grew from a population of 1.6 million in the 1960s to a population of 5.3 million today.

    by Shell on May 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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  • Julian explains growth patterns for Asian cities. How can cities grow while becoming more livable?

    by Shell on May 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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  • Singapore is Asia's greenest city: 50% green cover, more biodiversity than the whole of the North American continent and 70% of the land area is a water catchment.

    by camera on May 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM via email
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    5/15/2013 12:15:22 PM
  • Julian talks about Singapore becoming self-sufficient in terms of water. It uses water pipes, their equivalent of aquaducts.
     
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    5/15/2013 12:17:53 PM
  • Did Singapore have a sustainability vision from the outset? Not really - the path was was based on practical needs. Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew wanted to create a clean and green city that attracted businesses to use it as a base.
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  • Singapore collects every drop of water to use more than once.

    by Shell on May 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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