Cost of energy most important concern for Pakistanis: Shell Energy Survey
Mar 05, 2014
Islamabad, March 05, 2014 – In a survey commissioned by Shell Pakistan, 9 out of 10 Pakistanis surveyed ranked the cost of energy as the most important issue for them while 8 out of 10 consider having access to adequate energy supplies in the future is critical.
The complete survey results were officially launched for the first time to a group of Pakistani energy and business journalists at a press briefing in Islamabad with Wim Thomas, the Chief Energy Advisor for Royal Dutch Shell and Omar Sheikh, Managing Director of Shell Pakistan.
“Energy is Pakistan’s primary issue today, and at Shell it was important for us to understand what the average Pakistani thinks about our current energy challenge and future energy solutions – this is why we were so keen to commission this research,” said Omar Sheikh.
A total of 2020 Pakistanis were surveyed across six major cities in Pakistan and five regional rural areas to assess their views on Pakistan’s energy future and what their priorities are when it comes to energy. The survey was designed and conducted by Ipsos between September and October 2013.Another highlight from the survey was that in the context of an energy constrained world, 9 of 10 Pakistanis ranked higher unemployment and higher energy prices as two factors that would have the largest impact on Pakistan, followed closely by energy and food shortages.
At the same event, Wim Thomas also presented a recent research publication from Shell, the New Lens Scenarios. Shell has been developing scenarios to explore the future and deepen its strategic thinking for 40 years, in an effort to help people and policy makers anticipate the future to make better decisions. The Scenarios go beyond traditional energy outlooks by covering a broader set of drivers and trends in economics, geopolitics, social change, and environmental stresses on water and climate, and look further ahead than comparable analyses – mainly to 2060 for the energy system but also out to 2100 for climate implications and renewable energy developments.
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Shell Pakistan Limited
Shell Pakistan Limited is the largest international oil marketing company in Pakistan, with a network of over 780 fuel stations across the country. Shell has a 15% share in the white oils market in Pakistan, and remains at the helm of industry-wide efforts to advocate for world-class technical standards for the oil marketing sector in Pakistan and to assist the Government in deregulating the sector.
Shell New Lens Scenarios
Shell released new scenarios that explore two possible ways the 21st century could unfold, with dramatically different implications for society and the world’s energy system. One scenario sees cleaner-burning natural gas becoming the most important energy source globally by the 2030s and early action to limit carbon dioxide emissions. The other sees solar becoming the top source by about 2070, but with slower action to address the threat of climate change.
The New Lens Scenarios, which look at trends in the economy, politics and energy as far ahead as 2100, underscore the critical role that government policies could play in shaping the future.
Shell has a 40-year history of using scenario planning to explore possible future landscapes and aid strategic decision-making. The latest publication continues a tradition of sharing summaries of the scenarios to contribute to the public debate about possible ways to tackle some of society’s long-term challenges.
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