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2012 Energy Summit - Event Recap

To engage in meaningful dialogue about the future of energy, Shell and The New York Times presented the 2012 Energy Summit alongside Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012 on March 29 and 30.
Energy Summit

The two-day event brought together high-level influencers representing various perspectives and viewpoints about the energy landscape. Held at The Grove Restaurant in Houston, TX, the 2012 Energy Summit explored the “stress nexus” between food, water and energy as we approach the year 2050 and a population of nine billion.

The first day of the Energy Summit opened with a discussion featuring Summit moderator Marc Gunther and Shell US President Marvin Odum who provided Shell’s perspective on key future energy issues and various business and technological developments the company is currently working on to address the effects of the stress nexus.

This conversation provided a natural platform on which to build the discussions of the following panels of the day, which examined the water, food and energy spaces in more detail. Dick Williams, President of Shell WindEnergy, was on hand to provide his unique viewpoint on the importance of not only continuing to invest in renewable energy sources but for a company like Shell to maintain as broad a portfolio of energy solutions as possible. Following a VIP tour of Shell Eco-marathon Americas, conversation continued that evening at III Forks Restaurant, where cocktails and dinner were held.

The second half of the Energy Summit focused on potential solutions to the stress nexus, including an interactive screening with Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Lilibet Foster and panel to explore what future energy solutions may look like, which included insights about natural gas from Upstream Americas Executive Vice President Russ Ford.

Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, authors of Freakonomics, delivered a dynamic keynote address on climate change and the art of prediction. To close the 2012 Energy Summit, Royal Dutch Shell CFO Simon Henry ended with a call for collaboration of the public and private spheres to turn our energy challenges into opportunities.