The Shell Powering Progress Together conferences provide a forum for discussion and action on a range of energy challenges. For example, how can society address growing pressure on resources of energy, water and food in the coming decades? And, what can it do to build increased resilience in the face of stresses on these resources?
Since 2012, the programme has been bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers from business, government and civil society to engage in a dialogue on future energy challenges. It also aims to trigger concrete on-the-ground action to address them, usually in the form of city-based initiatives run by young professionals.
Focus on cities
By 2050, around three out of every four of us will live in cities, where pressure on vital resources is most intense.
Around the world there are big differences in the way cities are built and run, from their transport systems to energy use. Understanding these differences will help society to make the right choices, helping to building sustainable cities of the future. Greater resilience in city planning and management systems will be essential.
Three main events take place annually in Asia, Europe and the Americas, facilitating the dialogue on the future energy challenges. In 2016, we will run events in Manila, Philippines; Detroit, USA; and London, UK.