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Priorities for reducing emissions across UK transport - innovation, transition, and next steps for the Transport Decarbonisation Plan

Morning, Thursday, 4th June 2020


***Taking Place Online***

This conference will assess the priorities and next steps for reducing emissions across the UK transport sector.

It is bringing together stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the development and implementation of the UK’s first coordinated and cross-modal transport decarbonisation plan, which has just been published by the Government.

Sessions will assess priorities for how the range of transport modes can achieve decarbonisation within an appropriate timescale - with a focus expected on technological innovation, infrastructure requirements, and the use of alternative fuels.

Areas for discussion:

  • Decarbonising individual transport modes - and how strategies can be coordinated across the whole sector;
  • Innovation  - priority areas for achieving emissions reductions - including in electric motors and batteries to electrify different forms of transport;
  • Infrastructure -  what is needed to support transition to a zero-emission transport network and adapt the energy system for the increased electric vehicle demand;
  • Behavioural change - latest thinking on strategies for public and business engagement in helping reduce emissions, and the role of increased public awareness and activism in encouraging change;
  • Alternative fuels - development and use of biofuels, biogas and hydrogen, and their role in the energy mix going - including production, delivery and implementation challenges, and
  • The future shape of the sector - what is needed to support transition and develop a diverse and competitive transport sector as policy seeks to accelerate emissions reductions.

Why this is relevant: the context:

It takes place with:

The agenda:

  • Assessing the impact of the transport sector on climate change and the challenge of decarbonising;
  • Reducing transport emissions - improving efficiency, changing user behaviour, and sector innovation;
  • Delivering the infrastructure to support new modes of transport and meeting future electricity demands;
  • The shift to low carbon vehicles - biofuels, hydrogen and the transition from fossil fuels; and
  • Next steps for the Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have already been reserved by officials from the BEIS; the Committee on Climate Change; the Department for Transport; Department for Transport Legal Advisors; HMRC and the Ofgem.

Keynote Speaker

Bob Moran

Deputy Director, Head of Environment Strategy, DfT


Senior speaker confirmed from Energy Systems Catapult

Steve Sapsford

Chair, Powertrain Systems and Fuels Group, IMechE

Paul Stein

Chief Technology Officer, Rolls-Royce

Peter Stephens

Head of UK External & Government Affairs, Nissan

Martin Frobisher

Group Director of Safety, Technical & Engineering, Network Rail

Greg Archer

UK Director, Transport & Environment

Celine Cluzel

Director, Element Energy

Chris Jackson

Partner, Transport Team, Burges Salmon

senior speaker confirmed from Kew Technology