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Decarbonising the Home with Shell Energy

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Find out which Shell Eco-marathon teams won the Pitch the Future challenges with their innovative ideas and watch the virtual awards ceremony.

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When Colin Furze met Colin Crooks

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Title: SHELL SEM PARTNER IV 3 OFFLLINE V4

Duration: 3:39 minutes

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Interview with Colin Crooks, CEO of Shell Energy Retail, Limited, discussing the Pitch the Future mini-challenge on de-carbonizing the home.

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Pitch the Future. #MakeTheFuture #ShellEcoMarathon

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When Colin met Colin Crooks. Shell Energy, decarbonize the home.

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Colin Furze, YouTuber and Inventor. Colin Crooks, CEO at Shell Energy Retail, Limited.

Colin Furze

Hello, Colin. Thanks for joining me. It's actually really good for me to introduce another Colin, because as you'll probably know, there is not many Colins in the world.

Colin Crooks

There aren't, are there, Colin?

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Colin Crooks

Me, particularly, growing up in Canada, I hardly ever met one. Great to meet you.

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Colin Furze

Excellent. If you want to just tell people what you do, what's your job at Shell, that would be great.

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Colin Crooks

Sure. I'm the CEO of Shell Energy Retail, our home energy business in the UK.

Colin Furze

Excellent. Of course, one of the Pitch the Future mini-challenges is all about decarbonising the home. This is one of those things that most people overlook. We never think of our houses as being CO2 emission hotspots, but it is actually quite a big emitter, isn't it?

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Colin Crooks

It's actually 40% of all the emissions in the UK, all the emissions are household related.

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Colin Crooks

Of that, the heat is the biggest part. Decarbonizing the heat is really key.

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Colin Crooks

I think there's no single solution. You've got to take a range of things to solve this.

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Colin Crooks

I think one thing is really important. We can't just ask people to sacrifice their comfort, or their convenience. We also can't ask them to bear a huge additional cost, right, because people are going to have to lead the way through this transition.

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Colin Crooks

I think, so here, there's a huge scope for creativity for our students to come up with great ideas.

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Colin Crooks

The students taking part, what are you hoping to see from them? What's on your wish list of things that they can try and come up with and challenge themselves with?

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Creativity.

Colin Furze

Well, you know, it's the same creativity and enthusiasm that I've seen in my nearly 30 years in Shell, visiting Shell EcoMarathon teams. I just love to see the creativity people pushing the boundaries of engineering to deliver these amazingly fuel-efficient vehicles. Truly mind-blowing.

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Colin Crooks

Unfortunately, this year, Covid year, we can't bring everybody together to get onto the track, right? But in a way, it actually opens up a new opportunity, something different.

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Colin Crooks

Take that ingenuity and thinking to a different set of challenges. So, I'm actually really excited to see what the teams are going to come up with.

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Colin Crooks

But speaking of creativity, I hear, Colin, that you are going to take on this challenge yourself. What's your plan?

Colin Furze

Well, I kind of thought, the decarbonizing the home one struck a chord with me, and I thought, I'll have a crack at this. So, I've come up with this idea, which most people, when I say it to them, they sort of laugh.

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Colin Furze

It's a wind-powered tumble dryer, or an ecological tumble dryer.

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Colin Furze

I do know that we can think of an idea, but then when you actually go to do it, and then you start thinking about it, then you say, ah, this is a bit trickier than what I thought it might be.

Colin Crooks

Well, having seen you deliver a wood-powered lawn mower, I've got great confidence, Colin, that you're going to deliver us an interesting tumble dryer.

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Colin Furze

I'll get there. I don't think it's the sort of thing you'll be selling in the high street when I've finished it. You might not want it delivered to your house, but it will work, I promise you that.

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Colin Furze

So, what is Shell trying to do to move things forward, in terms of consumer energy?

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100% renewable electricity.

Colin Crooks

Well, to start with, Shell Energy in the UK, we offer 100% renewable electricity as standard, and recently, Colin, we've actually taken that further. Now we offer energy tariffs that make your home's energy, both the electricity and the gas, completely carbon neutral.

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Colin Crooks

But I think there's tons of benefits for all of us, if we're moving to a cleaner energy future, with cleaner air and a more fair energy system for everyone.

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Colin Furze

Excellent, Colin. Thanks for your time, great to meet another Colin. You have kept the bar high for Colins.

Colin Crooks

Thanks very much, Colin. I just want to say, really good luck to all of the student teams coming up with these fantastic ideas.

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© Shell International Limited 2020

Overview

Consumers are increasingly keen to control their energy consumption, but new solutions for reducing CO2 emissions in the home must not impede users’ everyday needs and comforts.

As part of Shell’s commitment to becoming a net-zero energy business by 2050, Shell Energy has been providing residential customers with 100% renewable electricity as well as easy and convenient ways to control their energy consumption and help create a better, cleaner energy future.

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In a creative and visually engaging way, students should develop an innovative concept that helps to decrease carbon dioxide emissions in the home without compromising comfort and convenience.

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AMERICAS
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With the aim of greater public awareness and involvement in the home decarbonisation mission, the E4 UFSC team devised a website to help consumers make better choices for their home when it comes to sustainability and responsible living.

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This team saw the answer to the home decarbonisation challenge as reducing each home’s energy usage by as much as possible, so they thought up a non-invasive control system for the home.

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Team Kaizen’s approach to the home decarbonisation challenge is multifaceted, understanding that a range of solutions are needed to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the residential sector.

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