About 9 in 10 Filipinos are as concerned about future energy needs as they are with employment (97%)#, public education (96%)#, and pollution of the environment (95%)#, recent research commissioned by the Shell Companies in the Philippines (Shell) showed.
The research, called the “Future Energy Survey,” sought to assess the views of the Filipino public on the future of energy. Face-to-face surveys were conducted in April 2013 in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.
It is estimated that by 2030, the world will need 40 –50% more energy, water and food to keep up with rising demand and increased population growth, according to the United Nations and Shell Scenarios**. This could place significant stress on these vital resources, which comprise a tightly intertwined network: energy is used to move and treat water; water is required to produce energy; and both energy and water are required in the production of food. Many Filipinos are aware of these issues and the role they can play. For Filipinos surveyed, higher energy prices (93%), food shortages (91%), as well as energy (90%) and water shortages (88%) were seen as having the greatest impact on the country in the future.
“Survey respondents in the Philippines view future energy needs as a high priority and are increasingly aware of the inter-dependence of energy, water and food resources,” said Shell’s Vice-President for Communications and Government Relations, Roberto S. Kanapi. “To meet growing needs, the world will have to use innovation, technology and collaboration to mobilise multiple forms of energy over the coming decades. But the challenge of ensuring sufficient supplies of energy, water and food will have to be addressed intelligently and in unison.“
The “Future Energy Survey” showed that Filipinos favour a mix of energy sources to help meet future energy demand. Nearly three quarters (74%) believe the country should derive its future energy source from the sun (solar)^, followed by hydro energy (46%)^, wind power (41%)^ and natural gas (23%)^, a cleaner-burning fossil fuel and natural ally to renewable energy. Interestingly, two-thirds (66%)^ of respondents said they are willing to pay more for cleaner power and energy.
The survey also revealed that over 9 in 10 (93%) Filipinos consider it important to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions with many indicating they are already taking steps to do so. Nearly three quarters of respondents (74%)^ said they use energy in a sustainable way by using less of it, while others practice waste disposal (54%)^, use energy saving products (47%)^ and recycle (46%)^.
Respondents agree that collaboration among government, the community and industry, and innovation and incentives for cleaner energy are the most important factors in shaping future energy needs. A majority consider the national government (73%)^, followed by local government units (42%)^, and the general public (41%)^ as having the biggest roles to play in developing future energy solutions.
“We believe in the power of collaboration to create strong partnerships and alliances with our stakeholders. By working together with a common purpose, industry, government and society will be able to create a better energy future,” Kanapi said.
- About 9 in 10 Filipinos consider future energy needs to be an important issue. Other top issues include: employment (97%)#, public education (96%)# and environment/ pollution (95%)#.
- Filipinos believe higher unemployment (95%)# will have the biggest impact on them in the future alongside higher energy prices (93%)#, food shortages (91%)#, energy shortages (90%)#, water shortages (88%)# and geopolitical instability (82%)#.
- Solar energy (74%)^, hydro energy (46%)^, wind power (47%)^ and natural gas (23%)^ are among the most preferred future energy sources among survey respondents.
- 93%* consider reducing carbon dioxide emissions as important.
- 30% believe collaboration between industry, government and community is the most important factor in building future energy solutions.
- National government has the biggest role to play in creating a better energy future (73%)^ followed by local government units (42%)^ and the general public (41%)^.
Vice President for Communications
Shell companies in the Philippines
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About the Survey
Shell commissioned Ipsos to produce the “Future Energy Survey” in the Philippines to assess Filipino respondents’ views on the future of energy. Approximately 600 participants from Metro Manila (250), Cebu (175) and Davao (175) took part in the survey in April 2013.
About the Research Statistics
#This percentage refers to an individual category rating of 8 or above out of 10 on importance.
^This question was asked as a multiple response question, and accordingly responses will not total 100%.
*This percentage refers to an individual category rating of 6 or above out of 10 on importance.
**About Shell Scenarios:
Shell Scenarios ask “what if?” questions to explore alternative views of the future and create plausible stories around them. They consider long-term trends in economics, energy supply and demand, geopolitical shifts and social change, as well as the motivating factors that drive change. In doing so, they help build visions of the future. Shell’s latest New Lens Scenarios were published in 2013.
Shell is a global leader in power, energy, and gas technology and is working to meet increasing energy demand and supply challenges by delivering smarter products and cleaner energy, smarter infrastructure, smarter use, and by developing new energy sources while addressing the impact on the environment, through cleaner burning natural gas and advanced fuels and lubricants technology. At our operations, safety is our top priority. Our goal is to have zero fatalities and no incidents that cause harm to our people and neighbours and put our facilities at risk. We aim to address social concerns and work to benefit local communities, protecting our reputation as we do business.
In the Philippines, Shell represents various companies operating in oil and gas exploration, extraction, refining and delivery of smarter products for clean and fuel efficient transport in the country. Shell’s energy portfolio in the Philippines include the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project which represents roughly 40-45% of Luzon’s power generation requirements, providing the country a considerably long-term revenue stream to the government, in addition to considerable foreign exchange savings. Being at the forefront of energy and fuel efficiency, Shell advocates for the use of energy more efficiently as the simplest and most cost-effective way to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change through driver education, fuel efficient driving behaviour, and smarter mobility collaboration and strategic partnerships to fuel the country’s progress. As Shell aims to meet the world’s future energy needs with a diversified energy mix and cleaner energy, we enjoin consumers and businesses to use energy better, to do more with less, and make energy conservation a way of life.
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