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Energy demand is expected to double by 2050, due to population growth and rising prosperity. Together with rapid urbanisation and the continued threat of climate change, countries are facing mounting tensions over supplies of freshwater, energy and food. These tensions are interconnected. Water is needed to produce nearly all forms of energy; energy is used to move and treat water; and energy and water are needed to produce food.

Collaboration between civil society and the public and private sector is vital to addressing this challenge, the so-called energy-water-food nexus.

The Powering Progress Together conference explored the nexus, the forces behind it and the inspiring collaborations that are making a difference. It united international speakers on interactive panel discussions with representatives from business, NGOs, local governments and tomorrow’s leaders.

A diverse group of experts participated, including Fr Jett Villarin (President of the Ateneo de Manila University and acclaimed Climate Scientist), Brahma Chellaney (Author of “Water: Asia's New Battleground”), Vinod Thomas (Asian Development Bank lead for the study “Food Security Challenges in Asia”), Paulo Alcazaren (Landscape Architect & Urban Planner), Julian Goh (Centre of Liveable Cities) and resilience expert Brian Walker (Resilience Alliance).

Powering Progress Together in Manila takes place against the backdrop of the Shell companies in the Philippines centennial celebration and the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, where hundreds of students will compete in self-built cars designed to travel the furthest on the least energy. Shell Energy Lab lets you learn first-hand how new technologies are changing the future of energy and mobility.