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This week our Energy Trailblazer is Elisabeth Brinton, the super impressive Executive Vice President of Renewables and Energy Solutions at Shell. A self-professed tree-hugger, provocateur, and change agent, the dynamic conversation connects an array of dots across green financial frameworks, storage, clean tech infrastructure, ESG shareholders, innovating within a big firm and many other elements of the clean energy value chain.


The thing we love most about Elisabeth is that she always anchors to the end solution: a 'just' energy transition.


Elisabeth passionately encourages us all to use this moment in time to bring everyone along on the journey. We’re here to fuel a new energy conversation and it starts with you.

Elisabeth Brinton on getting to net-zero:

“You have to have customers who say, ‘I want it and I’m willing to pay for it’.”

Trailblazer 11:
Energy Visionary
& Provocateur


Elisabeth Brinton is Executive Vice President of Shell’s Renewables & Energy Solutions (formerly New Energies) business, steering the company’s work in power, renewables and lower-carbon technology. This role covers Shell’s work in wind and solar, new mobility options such as electric vehicle charging, Nature Based Solutions and laying the foundation for an integrated lower-carbon power business.

In 2021, Elisabeth joined the Anglo American Board as an ESG focused non-executive director where she is a member of the board's sustainability committee. 

Elisabeth is a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur and utility industry veteran that is passionate about the role electricity and technology can play in moving the world towards a lower carbon energy system. Throughout her career Elisabeth has grown energy and technology businesses in some of the world’s largest markets including the USA and Australia.

Elisabeth joined Shell in 2018 from AGL Energy, Australia’s largest integrated energy company, where she was Executive Vice President, New Energy. There she helped to increase adoption of renewable energy, build the world’s first residential virtual power plant and grow and sell a profitable smart metering business.

Previously, Elisabeth was the Corporate Strategy Officer for PG&E Corporation, the US utility company that specialises in renewables, customer solar, energy efficiency and electric mobility. 

From 2008 to 2013, Elisabeth was Chief Customer Officer of Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and held founding and management roles in four successful Silicon Valley start-ups including, Loudcloud, a web infrastructure company that went public in May 2001. 

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"This type of change work is not for everyone. But it is so, so worth it because strong and healthy corporations are essential actors for meaningful change in society."


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