Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Developing the next generation of low-carbon fuels: market confidence, innovation and UK policy priorities

Morning, Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Central London


This seminar will bring out latest thinking on opportunities for advanced low-carbon fuels to accelerate decarbonisation across passenger vehicles, freight and aviation.

It will examine the practical implications of policy and what it means for research, industry, consumers, and the environment in the context of UK commitments to deliver cleaner transport, identified in the Clean Growth Strategy and the Road to Zero Strategy.

Delegates will consider some of the key challenges for the sector and policymakers, and how they can be addressed, including delivering:

  • Policy guidance - for industry stakeholders across advanced low-carbon fuels, such as biofuels and hydrogen to provide confidence for the market and support technological innovation and development;
  • Infrastructure - both at industrial scale for building a domestic fuel production capacity and, at a consumer level, including utilising existing forecourt assets to keep pace with demand;
  • Demand side factors - the role of policy, and of collaboration across the supply chain in fuel, vehicle production and service provision to help reduce fossil fuel use in private vehicles, fleets and freight; and
  • Investment and research - priorities for growing investor confidence, private sector involvement in advanced low-carbon fuels, and supporting research and innovation hubs for the delivery of new technology and resources.

Areas for discussion include:

  • The UK policy context for supporting advanced low-carbon fuels and industry stakeholders, and guidance in the Clean Growth Strategy, Road to Zero strategy, and changes to Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation;
  • Priorities for transitioning passenger vehicles, freight trucks, and the aviation sector towards biofuels, hydrogen technology and E10, in the context of the Government’s E10 consultation;
  • Evaluating the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight and Hydrogen for Transport competitions, and assessing the opportunities they present to address sector challenges, in accelerating technological innovation, developing new fuel sources, and delivering investor and market confidence; and
  • The role of collaboration among low-carbon fuel producers, suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and research and innovation hubs to advance infrastructure and support the low-carbon fuel industry.

Keynote Speakers

Celine Cluzel

Director, Element Energy

Rachel Solomon Williams

Head of Low Carbon Fuels, Department for Transport


Andrew Cornell

Finance & Commercial Director, Advanced Plasma Power

Gaynor Hartnell

Head of Renewable Transport Fuels, Renewable Energy Association

Gloria Esposito

Head of Projects, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

Professor Kevin Anderson

Deputy Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Chair, Energy and Climate Change, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester

Rob Wood

Chief Executive Officer, Gasrec

Dr Thom Koller

Dr Thom Koller, Senior Policy Manager