The workshop will be organised by Shell and discuss the growing awareness of the relationship between energy, water and food systems. Over the next 20 years, global demand for energy, water and food is anticipated to grow with 30-50%, with accompanying pressures on both supply and the broader environment. The Nexus is appearing with increasing prominence and frequency on the agendas of governments, development agencies, NGOs and businesses, including Shell.
In response, Shell is leading a Strategy project with a team drawn from across the company on the Nexus. The purpose is three-fold:
-To understand where, when and to what extent stresses between energy, water and food systems and climate could arise in the coming decades and how these stresses can be quantified.
-To help manage risks and opportunities associated with the business and accommodate them into current and future strategic plans.
-To help identify platforms and opportunities for meaningful future collaboration and engagement.
Shell are also leading a multi-stakeholder project through the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to develop insight into the Nexus. It aims to help companies better understand how the linkages between energy, water, food and climate may impact their business strategies and where relevant, develop appropriate policy responses and innovative solutions.
In September 2011, Shell hosted a workshop on the Nexus. Over two days 35 guests participated in the event, half from outside of Shell representing corporate (Cargill, Dow, IBM, Siemens, Unilever), governmental (OECD, Overseas Development Institute, UK Government-Dept. of Energy & Climate, World Bank), academic (Berkeley, Stockholm University, National University of Singapore) and non-governmental (IUCN, Natural Capitalism Solutions) spheres.
Date not yet fixed.