The challenge of urbanisation

The world’s urban population is now growing at the rate of 1.4 million people a week, and by 2050 it is estimated that the proportion of the world’s population living in cities could approach around 70%. As cities expand, pressure on vital resources of energy and water are expected to increase.

Helping cities navigate the energy transition

Our research has shown us that while each city is unique, there are fundamental needs common to most cities that require attention to build sustainable cities of the future. Working closely with city stakeholders such as government, private sector and local communities, we aim to help cities move people and goods with lower emissions, switch to cleaner energy options and embed sustainable features in their built environments.

In 2019, for example, Shell – alongside Vinci Group and the OECD – hosted a City Scenarios workshop in Paris. Key stakeholders from across both public and private sectors came together to discuss how to collectively address and meet the objectives of the Paris 2050 Climate Action Plan. The challenge is to deliver a low-carbon city in the context of rapid urbanisation: with more people, transport and energy demand. The outcomes of this workshop led to a sketch which explores three scenarios. Each describes different visions of the future for the Paris Metropole, while illustrating a pathway to 2050 and describes progress, or lack thereof, towards the goals of the Paris Climate Action Plan.

Shell City Solutions collaborates with the Resilient Cities Network to support cities in managing resilient energy and mobility transition.
Emily Tan, General Manager Shell City Solutions and Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director Resilient Cities Network announced the programme at the World Cities Summit June 21.

Shell City Solutions collaborates with the Resilient Cities Network to support cities in managing resilient energy and mobility transition.

Shell City Solutions and the Resilient Cities Network launched the Resilient Energy & Mobility Transition Programme which provides collaborative platforms to support cities around the world in managing resilient energy and mobility transition. View press release.

Teams from selected cities drawn from the Resilient Cities Network, whose proposals are successful, will work with a group of experts to identify appropriate strategies for their cities' specific challenges and co-develop innovative solutions. The programme is expected to run from June 2021 to May 2022. To find out more about the programme and how your city can participate, please view here.

City Solutions narrated

Please click on the below links to find out more by reading or listening to City Solutions’ General Manager Emily Tan

Our “Living Lab” approach

We adopt a user-centric approach of co-creating and experimenting with city stakeholders innovative concepts, scenarios, concepts, technologies and business models in actual living environments.

When collaborating with cities, we take a holistic view of their unique needs. The City Solutions Living Lab will originate opportunities with city stakeholders through co-visioning workshops that identify pathways towards a lower carbon future.

What we can do for you

We innovate a suite of solutions with commercially viable business models that help meet city stakeholders’ carbon reduction goals. Our team will bring in various Shell expertise available globally for seamless implementation and deployment. We can also offer unique access to an extensive network of technology partners, suppliers and contractors.

Contact us

We encourage you to collaborate with us at the City Solutions Living Lab. Strong collaboration by government, the private sector and communities can help support the energy transition and make cities sustainable places to live – for many generations to come.

Interested in collaborating with us at the Shell City Solutions Living Lab? Contact us via the enquiry form below and we will be in touch.

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