Scientists predict by 2050 that Earth will be home to more than 9 billion people. As more and more will move and crowd around cities, transportation is key and the number of cars will evidently increase, some say to around 2 billion in total. In order to power those cars, it is going to take a lot of effort. Now, you might think, what about electric cars and all that zero emission spew? Guess what? What to electric power generators run on?
Today, 25 per cent of all the world’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the transport sector, and most of it pours out of the exhausts of the vehicles we drive. That is why many cities are looking at banning fossil-fuel-powered cars in order to curb air pollution. By 2050 our planet is expected to be home to more than nine billion people, three-quarters of whom will live in cities. As a result, the number of cars on our roads will double to more than two billion – and the amount of energy needed in the transport sector is forecast to increase by 70 per cent.
So how do we solve the world’s most important challenge of the modern age – how to meet global demand for significantly more energy, but at the same time achieve zero nett carbon emissions?
Enter the master of mobility – chief scientist for mobility and the recipient of the ‘Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize’, Dr Wolfgang Warnecke. His role as chief scientist covers all technology developments in transport and motorsport, such fuels, lubricants and mobility directions now and the future.
As Shell’s Chief Scientist, Dr Wolfgang contributes internationally recognised scientific expertise and nurtures innovative technology to help deliver supports in project development and business growth. Dr Wolfgang’s expertise in all forms of mobility, vehicle technology, fuels and lubricants sees him advising on technology strategy, championing science, R&D and innovation, enhancing Shell’s technical reputation in the fast-changing area of mobility and looking ahead to future solutions in transportation.