One hundred energy experts gathered to discuss Asia’s energy challenges at Shell’s first Powering Progress Together (PPT) Forum in Singapore.
John Abbott, Shell’s Downstream Director, opened the event with a speech outlining how changes in energy use would need to happen in virtually every part of society. Asia's demand for energy could increase by 50% in the run-up to 2040, according to Shell Scenarios.
“Governments, academics, consumers and companies like Shell will need to work together to meet this enormous challenge,” he said. “With its willingness to collaborate and its track record for forward-thinking, Singapore sets a great example in this field.”
His address was followed by a panel discussion called “Asia’s Cleaner Energy Dilemma”. It discussed how economies could balance the social and economic demands for a better life with those of a healthy planet.
It was moderated by Marc Carrel-Billiard, global senior MD of Accenture Labs, the innovation arm of the global consultancy. He was joined by four panelists: Alvin Yeo, Industry Development Director at Singapore’s Energy Market Authority; Visal Leng, President of GE Oil & Gas, Asia Pacific; Koh Kong Meng, HP’s General Manager and Managing Director, Southeast Asia and Korea, and Mark Gainsborough, Shell’s Executive Vice President of New Energies.