From the Shell website:
A rise in the UK population will mean more demand for resources. Shell ss working to address this through the UK resilience challenge.
What difference would nearly 15 million more people living in the UK make? City dwellers may already think it’s hard enough to get an appointment with their GP. However, extra strain on the NHS would only be the tip of the iceberg. According to the latest figures from the Population Reference Bureau, the UK’s population will rise from 62.2 million today to 77 million people by 2050, an increase of 24% and a faster rate of growth than almost all other European countries.
The challenges thrown up by these figures are more fundamental than access to healthcare or housing. More people means more demand on energy, water and food – the ‘stress nexus’ of resources. Each is intrinsically linked to the other. Water is needed for almost all forms of energy production; energy is needed to treat and transport water; and both energy and water are needed to grow food.
“As a global energy provider, Shell has always believed it has an obligation to identify and confront major issues head on,” says Shell UK Chairman Ed Daniels. “But no single company – or even industry – can address this challenge alone. Collaboration is key: business, government and society must work together to help shape our energy future.”