Mr. Asada Harinsuit, Chairman, The Shell Company of Thailand Limited, said: “Shell has long recognized the role of energy in enabling a decent quality of life. We believe that everyone has a role to play in influencing the shifting energy landscape. The transition requires collective action across the energy system – from consumer choices to technology and government policies to decarbonize the economy. The 2019 Shell Forum demonstrates our determination to play our part in a more sustainable energy future, in line with Shell Thailand’s purpose to “Make Life’s Journeys Better”.
In the forum, Mr. Asada introduced Shell Thailand’s proposed pathways to more and cleaner energy solutions that respond to the Thai government’s Energy 4.0 policy to drive the country toward its sustainable development goals, as follows:
Energy-Efficient Solutions: Shell provides customers with more choice at the forecourt with innovative products that help improve engine efficiency like Shell V-Power fuels and Gas-to-Liquids lubricant products, and biofuels that help support local farmers. Small actions matter too. We are helping motorists drive more efficiently by suggesting small changes to their driving styles and reminding them when their cars need servicing.
Shell Bitumen is developing new technologies that create more durable, sustainable and energy-efficient roads, and its products help connect communities in Thailand and neighboring countries.
Climate Action: Shell Thailand is in the initial stages of reforestation activities to help reduce the overall concentration of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. To help reduce carbon emissions from our operations, Shell Thailand uses solar panels in pilot service stations and in the Shell campus, and soon, in the terminals. Shell Thailand’s various initiatives support the government’s target to reduce carbon emissions in the country by 2025.
Shell Thailand also encourages government-led carbon pricing mechanisms to incentivize industry, the power sector and the consumer to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and help encourage projects such as carbon capture and storage facilities and nature-based solutions such as the planting of forests. To this end, Shell Thailand is willing to work with the government to produce effective energy transition plans and policies.
Empower the People: Shell aims to empower the next generation through various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs and activities that explore the world's changing energy system, so that more and cleaner energy can help fuel human progress. These include Shell Eco-marathon, where students build and test cars that can run the farthest on the least amount of energy and the Imagine the Future Scenarios competition, where university students are invited to imagine the future of more and cleaner energy in Asian and Middle Eastern cities and how it will change the way we live, work and play. In both competitions, Thai students have been consistent winners.
“We aim to provide reliable, affordable and cleaner energy choices for our customers in a sustainable way, and our business will evolve as the needs of our customers evolve. We recognise the significance of climate change, along with the role energy plays in helping people achieve and maintain a good quality of life. A key role for society – and for Shell – is to find ways to provide much more energy with less carbon dioxide,” Mr. Asada added.
Another highlight of the forum is the presentation on Sky Scenarios. Dr. Mallika Ishwaran, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Shell Group Strategy, presented the Sky Scenarios which illustrate a technically possible, but challenging pathway for society to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
“Our lives depend on energy wherever we live. But in order to prosper while tackling climate change, society needs to provide much more energy for a growing global population while finding ways to emit much less CO2. Shell scenarios envisage a future where renewable energies could eventually become the largest component of the global energy system. Scenarios are neither predictions nor Shell’s business plan. They are not policy proposals, but we hope the perspective from our scenarios will continue to inspire many successful partnerships and initiatives around the world and on individual country levels including Thailand,” Dr. Ishwaran said.