Could renewables completely replace fossil fuels?

  • Start  Tuesday 20 Nov 2018 5:00pm
  • Finish    Tuesday 20 Nov 2018 6:15pm
Portrait of Jo Coleman
Jo Coleman has worked in Shell for over 20 years

Shell’s latest Scenario, called Sky, meets the objectives of the Paris agreement whilst also providing access to energy to the billions of people on the planet who do not currently have it.  The route forward for energy is heavily dependent on renewables. The Sky Scenario illustrates this technologically, industrially and economically and also sees an ongoing role for fossil fuels, even in a net zero world. This talk will outline the thinking behind the Sky Scenario, the role envisaged for both renewables and fossil fuels in the energy transition, and how scenarios thinking feeds into Shell’s strategy and business plans.


Jo Coleman has worked in Shell for over 20 years in roles spanning engineering design and construction, oil and gas field development, national energy planning, economics and business development. In 2011 Jo joined the Energy Technologies Institute,a public-private partnership tasked with accelerating technology development and demonstration in support of the UK’s energy transition.   Jo was subsequently appointed Strategy Director and led the ETI’s team of modellers and sector experts exploring UK energy transition pathways and the opportunities and challenges in delivering them.  Jo returned to Shell in February 2018 as UK Energy Transition Manager.   Jo was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list and is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

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