Mr Duncan van Bergen is the Vice President in Shell New Energies, a business within Shell established to build on the company’s experience in lower-carbon technology and explore new commercial models focused on the world's energy transition.
At the ACES Clean Energy Leaders' Dialogue, Duncan will be giving an overview of energy transformation towards a low carbon economy.
Q: What is your view of the drive towards clean energy in Asia today and the resulting impact on the region?
Society faces a dual challenge: how to make a transition to a clean energy future, while also extending the benefits of energy to more people than ever before. The complexity and diversity of Asia provides for deployment of a wide range of solutions, tailored to the specific energy and development needs of each country. Here in Asia, we have space to innovate, replicate and grow.
Q: What do you think Asia’s renewable energy landscape will look like in the next five years?
We will see different solutions emerging; depending on local factors such as available natural resources and weather patterns, national policies that address climate change and local air quality, economic growth, and which technologies and products companies and consumers choose. One way to tackle the energy challenge in the short term is a switch from coal to gas together with a scaling up of renewables. We are now in Singapore, where smart city solutions can be key.
Q: What is your company planning next for the growing clean energy in Asia?
Shell’s mission is to provide more and cleaner energy that powers progress. My part of the Shell organisation, New Energies, could invest up to an average of US$1-2 billion a year until 2020 as we look for commercial investments – that build on our strengths – in new and fast-growing segments of the energy industry. With Asia driving future energy demand, and a presence in this part of the world that goes back more than a century, it is naturally a growth market for us.