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Water, energy, food; the resource consumption puzzle: it’s time for solutions

Supplies of water, energy and food are coming under pressure from an expanding global population. But tackling this problem is made all the more difficult by the powerful connections between these different resources: rising energy consumption puts added strain on the world’s water stocks and vice versa. Shell will discuss the work it has done with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the University of Utrecht to develop a methodology for measuring water use in the industrial sector as a whole.

Mobility for an urban world

Mobility – the movement of goods and people – is the life blood of the global economy. People rely on it for food, clothing, shelter and fuel, access to work, education and healthcare, economic opportunity and quality of life. Global population is expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050, and three-quarters will live in cities.

Shell will be joining in the discussion around how the world can move more people and goods safely, efficiently and with limited impact on the environment into the future.

The emergence of “mega cities” and the race to provide secure and clean energy to millions

It is estimated that global energy demand will likely double over the first half of this century. Most of that growth will come from the rapidly urbanising economies of the East, where millions of people will have access to higher living standards. This would require development equivalent to a new city of one million people every week for the next 30 years.

Shell will be among the TED participants considering the role of natural gas as an abundant and cleaner source of energy and a back-up for energy produced from renewable sources. They will also address how different groups can work together to best integrate the energy, transportation, water and waste systems that will contribute to the physical infrastructure of modern cities.

Energising cities

Throughout TEDGlobal and the following week Shell will be taking part in an online discussion, Energising Cities. With 75% of people expected to live in cities by 2050, the discussion will seek to answer questions related to the themes of the event and cities of the future.

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