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On 16 May 2012, Shell and the City of Rotterdam co-hosted the very first Powering Progress Together conference in Rotterdam. The event gathered more than 500 leaders, experts and talents from business, government and civil society in downtown Rotterdam. The ambition was to set the scene for the many Powering Progress Together conferences to come by providing the audience a clear and general introduction to the energy-water-food nexus.
Rotterdam 2012: energy-water-food
The world’s water, energy and food systems are tightly linked. Water is needed to extract energy and generate power; energy is needed to treat and transport water; and both water and energy are needed to grow food. In the coming decades these vital resources will come under greater pressure. Working across industries and sectors will help address this complex relationship as it is appearing on the agendas of governments, NGOs and businesses, including Shell.
Attendees joined a diverse group of experts, including Michael Braungart (Founder EPEA), Hubert Klumpner (Founder Urban Think Tank), Bryony Schwan (Executive Director BiomiMicry), Kevin Noone (Researcher Stockholm Resilience Institute), David Breashears (Filmmaker and Adventurer), Prem Bindraban (Director ISRIC World Soil Information, Wageningen University), Dame Ellen MacArthur (Founder Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Paul Polman (CEO Unilever) and Frans van Houten (CEO Philips).