On May 6th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation asked leaders from business, academia, government and the NGO community how they are preparing for a world that will need 30 percent more water and 40 percent more energy by 2030. 

“Our approach has been to produce more energy, cleaner energy and smarter energy.” Mary Grace Anderson, Vice President for Safety, Environment & Social Performance for Upstream Americas, told Accelerating Sustainability conference goers. “We are focusing on things like biofuels, natural gas and more energy efficient fuel products.”

Mary Grace also explained the importance of gathering data to fully understand the scale and scope of water use within operations and then creating and standing by robust operating principles for developing energy resources with the smallest water foot print possible. 

Collaboration between governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), energy producers, consumers, and local communities was also a key topic at the conference. 

“We believe that collaboration will be essential in tackling these issues,” Mary Grace said. “Shell works with NGOs to improve how we develop our energy projects.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted this forum in partnership with the US Business Council for Sustainable Development, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and SustainAbility in order to bring together leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to explore enhanced, scaled collaboration and sustainability-driven innovation. 

Shell’s support and participation in this forum is part of our strategic partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation focused on exploring ways that innovative sustainability strategies can enhance company brand, cut costs and grow revenue. 

Learn more about how Shell is changing the game by reading our sustainability report, our work on the stress nexus and New Lens Scenarios.

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