Royal Dutch Shell’s Global Business Environment executive Jeremy Bentham, and others on the environmental team, fielded questions from the press in the second part of a discussion called “Shell Dialogues,” about the company’s “Global Energy Scenarios To 2050,” which, Shell says, are designed to lead the company to better policy and strategy.
Suppliers of conventional energy resources are struggling to keep pace with growing demand, Bentham said. But population growth means that global energy demand will rise inexorably in coming decades, putting increasing strains locally, nationally and internationally on the energy and political systems, as well as the environment, Triple Pundit reports.
Shell’s 11th CSR report, titled “Responsible Energy: The Shell Sustainability Report 2007,” describes the company’s efforts to meet the global energy challenge, which can be summed up in four words: “more energy, less CO2.”
While there is a need for more energy and secure supplies delivered in environmentally responsible ways, the report states that Shell is “committed to playing our part in building a responsible energy future.”
For Shell, Bentham said in the second part of the Shell Dialogues chat, this means helping provide the vast amounts of extra energy needed for economic growth, and doing so in environmentally and socially responsible ways.
Shell recently said it would stop investing in Europe if utilities are forced to pay for emissions permits through auctions.