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Convening Renewable Energy Stakeholders to Support a Just Energy Transition

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SustainAbility has been working with Shell on its sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement and reporting for more than a decade.

Stakeholders reported overwhelmingly positive experiences of the event and expressed excitement at Shell’s role as convener amongst energy leaders across the state.

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Shell Powering Progress Together is a global series of events providing a forum for discussion and action for a broad range of stakeholders on energy challenges. The 2018 San Francisco conference focused on scaling the energy transition for all people and across all sectors, and the roles of technology, collaboration and community engagement to achieve this goal.

 SustainAbility has long-partnered with incumbent energy companies and strongly believes in the need to engage them, along with emerging energy players, to make progress towards equitable energy. We were invited by Shell US to support the design and execution of the 2018 US Shell Powering Progress Together forum. While Powering Progress Together runs in Europe, Asia and US, each is independent. All events must fit a rubric of energy transition and providing more and cleaner energy solutions, but within the local context.

For the California context, SustainAbility was tasked with guidance on sessions and speakers. The aim was to foster a productive, relevant conversation around expanding the availability of renewable energy (power and fuel), while increasing inclusivity and access for all people, all to the end of “accelerating the energy transition.” Specific tasks included:

Concept development and framing

Worked with the Shell team on the initial framing and concept development. During this phase we scoped the parameters and Shell’s objectives for the California event.

Speakers and agenda

During several months leading up to the event, we:

  • Created a detailed agenda and speaker options, including main stage and breakout format, as well as session topics and sub-topics;
  • Identified potential speakers from SustainAbility networks and via research and supported the speaker outreach process;
  • Co-created the attendee list and supporting event promotion;
  • Developed background research and briefs to support PPT session development.

Event facilitation

Served as the lead facilitator on the day at Shell Powering Progress Together San Francisco and facilitated breakout and sub-topics discussions.

As the first in a series of California-based events for Shell, the objective of this session was to begin conversations with leading thought leaders, decision-makers, influencers and community advocates that could support the expansion of California’s transition to renewable energy.

Stakeholders reported overwhelmingly positive experiences of the event and expressed excitement at Shell’s role as convener amongst energy leaders across the state.

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