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Discussing future energy challenges

In various cities around the world, the Shell Powering Progress Together conference programme brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers from business, government and civil society to engage in a dialogue on future energy challenges. In doing so, several dilemmas are being addressed. They range from how the world’s vital resources of energy, water and food will come under growing pressure over the coming decades to what role resilience thinking can play in addressing these future resource stresses. And to trigger concrete on-the-ground action to address them, usually in the form of city-based initiatives run by young professionals.

Launched in the Netherlands in 2012, events have since been held in Germany, the Philippines, Turkey and the USA.

Powering Progress Together in Manila, 2014

The venues and presentation technology helps to immerse participants in an innovative environment. Speakers and panelists share their expertise and views, sparking new ideas and debate around potential solutions. 

From the specialists...

“21st century threats require 21st century solutions.” Neil Morisetti, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

“We are in a race against poverty and a race against climate change.” Dick Benschop, President-Director of Shell Netherlands

“We live on a planet under pressure.” Johan Rockström, Stockholm Resilience Centre

“Government, civil society and the private sector can work together in a more meaningful way.” Julia Marton-Lefèvre, International Union for Conservation of Nature

“To encourage collaboration, you have to move people to see how collaboration is good for them in the short-, medium- and long term.” Michael Suess, CEO Energy Sector Siemens AG

“I hope the forum will help leaders of individual companies understand that for their company to persist in the future, the systems they use and depend on need to be resilient."

Brian Walker


Powering Progress Together audience in Rotterdam, 2013