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Episode 7: In conversation with Ed Daniels: Shell’s Strategy, Sustainability and Corporate Relations Director


11 March 2022

In this episode of Sustainability Talks, recorded in December 2021, we talk to Shell’s then Executive Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio and now their Strategy, Sustainability and Corporate Relations Director, Ed Daniels.

The global context has obviously changed significantly in the relatively short time since recording this episode but the conversation still contains many important insights. Ed is uniquely placed to talk with us about change in the energy industry. We discuss the rapidly accelerating pace of change and aim to answer some key questions including…

– Can the global energy incumbents be leaders in the transition to clean energy?

– Do they really want to be?

– Will their ownership of historic assets actually become a disadvantage?

– How can they possibly get to net zero?

– Is energy simply going electric?

This was a fascinating discussion with Ed and we hope you enjoy listening. Leading this conversation with Ed are our managing partners Patrick Sheehan and Rob Genieser.

About Ed Daniels

Ed joined Shell in 1988 and has held roles in Shell’s Upstream, Integrated Gas, Downstream and Projects & Technology businesses. He previously served as Shell’s UK Country Chair, and in his most recent role as Executive Vice President Strategy, Portfolio & Sustainability, he led the development of the company’s ‘Powering Progress’ strategy to drive the decarbonisation of the energy system and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

A British national, Ed grew up in Wales and is married with three daughters. Outside of Shell, he has served as the Technical Vice President for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), is a Fellow at both the IChemE and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and has an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Imperial College London. In 2022, Ed Daniels was appointed Strategy, Sustainability and Corporate Relations Director.

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