Shell Scenarios head forecasts faster deployment of clean energy in Asia Pacific
Jun 08, 2021
Pilipinas Shell on track for transformation towards a carbon-free future
Deployment of clean energy technologies in Asia-Pacific will accelerate in the coming years as energy transformation strategies are increasingly adopted by more and more countries. Jeremy Bentham, who sits as the head of Shell Scenarios, gave this latest forecast to inform the public of the current energy situation and its future development amid a growing worldwide economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. At the same time, though economic recovery is a top priority in many of these countries, their societies are also focused on helping their members progress in their decarbonization journey.
Bentham, who also wears a second hat as Shell VP for Global Business Environment, explained, “As populations grow, [so do] billions of people seeking decent quality of life. And energy means growth. [This means] deep electrification of economies which enables renewable energy sources to have a big impact. [In the world of the future] it grows to 50 to 60% of all end use, mostly using renewable energy sources.”
He added, “There will be a need for faster deployment of cleaner technologies in the economy. Private sector drives technology into commercial, affordable space. There is still a huge need for energy for a growing market, as being able to serve customers is important. [There will be] decarbonization in all types of business.”
The leading global energy company Royal Dutch Shell is on track on its own transformation into a net-zero-carbon emissions business by 2050, thus leading the way towards a carbon-free future. Its Philippine arm, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, has been an equal pioneer and active participant in the nationwide journey to decarbonization.
Pilipinas Shell’s 2021-2025 Strategy Plan in particular focuses on reducing carbon footprint and tapping renewable energy while continuing to provide its customers with premium products related to mobility and transportation. “The company is strongly positioned to meet the resulting recovery of energy demand as well as the growth in consumer spending,” Pilipinas Shell President and CEO Cesar Romero said. “Moreover, we intend to do our share in contributing towards Royal Dutch Shell’s aspirations to be a net-zero carbon business by 2050.”
Pilipinas Shell is the first in the country to offer carbon offset programs that are verified by independent organizations, and which comply with the highest international standards. Its first carbon offset sale was made on January 21, 2021, with Knowles Electronics Philippines Corporation, enabling the global audio provider to offset 4.63 tons of carbon dioxide from vehicle emissions, equivalent to driving back and forth from the north to south of the Philippines 791 times. The carbon offset program is continuous, encouraging more partnerships from the private sector who are aligned with the same vision.
Pilipinas Shell’s recently launched Marilao Mobility Station in Bulacan was built using 100% recyclable asphalt called Bitumen FreshAir. The technology significantly reduced the impact of the industry on local air quality levels. The station is also equipped with rain catchers and solar panels, and its walls are made of eco bricks or reusable building materials made out of plastic bottles filled with solid plastic to make them denser. This allows for greater insulation, which drastically reduces energy consumption in the long run, resulting in lower financial costs and environmental impact.
Pilipinas Shell aims to build 60-80 new similar mobility sites per year to reach its overall target of having 1,500 mobility sites by 2025. These sites will have features similar to the Marilao Mobility station like the installation of solar panels, rain catchers, eco-brick walls, and integrated retail offers that promote environmental awareness and conservation. Some of them might also be built using Bitumen FreshAir.
“We are making the necessary changes to ensure the future of energy for Filipinos and help the Philippines move forward. We are confident about driving fuel mobility and getting the country back on track as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic,” said Romero.
Pilipinas Shell's Tabangao import terminal located in Batangas City also shifted to renewable energy in partnership with Shell Energy Philippines (SEPH), a retail electricity supplier which is registered under the Shell Companies in the Philippines (SCiP). The Tabangao import terminal is now 100% powered by SEPH’s clean energy solutions and Tabangao’s own solar farm.
Collaborating with the public towards energy development
Bentham also talked about how people will become increasingly environmentally minded and work towards a cleaner future: “The crisis can galvanize people into action along the lines of driving forward the development and deployment of cleaner technologies in the economy,” he said.
A comprehensive understanding of energy transformation scenarios will enable industry leaders to work towards a whole-of-society approach to recover from the crisis and meet decarbonization targets. In line with its carbon reduction programs and renewable energy adoption, Pilipinas Shell continues to educate its stakeholders and target publics about these important issues, encouraging them to adopt practices that will lead to a cleaner future.
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