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 workshop marks the first step in a collaborative approach that should ultimately deliver integrated solutions for the future of Paris. 

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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