TO BE PUBLISHED June 2020
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference is bringing together stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the development and implementation of the UK’s first coordinated and cross-modal transport decarbonisation plan, recently published by the Government - as well as priorities and next steps more widely for reducing emissions across the UK transport sector.
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.
We also expect discussion on what can learned and taken forward for policy and practice from the experience of transport during the COVID-19 crisis, including:
- the prospects for the modal shift to active travel being encouraged by government carrying through into the future, and how it might be sustained and further developed, and
- how emissions from public and other forms of transport might be impacted by social distancing rules requiring extra services and encouraging work travel to move more to private transport, and what can done to mitigate adverse effects.
Key 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 battery storage, electrification and meeting increased energy 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;
- Infrastructure - supporting the transition to net-zero transport networks for road, rail and maritime, along with adapting to meet future energy demands;
- 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 - priorities for supporting the transition and developing a diverse and competitive transport sector as policy seeks to accelerate emissions reduction.
Developments that are relevant to the discussion:
- The Government’s Decarbonising Transport - Setting the Challenge policy, which sets out the aims of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan;
- The Business Secretary’s recent announcement of £37m of investment to design, test and implement technologies to help electrify planes, ships and road vehicles;
- The Committee on Climate Change reporting that the transport sector is the largest contributor of UK greenhouse gas emissions - and with the legislated target of net zero emissions by 2050;
- Government moves to increase the use of active and public transport, including:
- Support for adapting transport infrastructure expected in the upcoming National Infrastructure Strategy and plans to invest in electric charging infrastructure across the UK;
- The Government’s Future of transport regulatory review consultation, seeking industry views on the regulation of micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services, and mobility as a service;
- The government consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 or sooner, and consultation on introducing E10, increasing the percentage of bioethanol in petrol.
- The challenges and opportunities of decarbonising the transport sector and its interlinked systems
- Priorities for reducing transport emissions - improving efficiency, changing user behaviour, and support for innovation
- Delivering the infrastructure to support new modes of transport and meeting future electricity demands
- Promoting the shift to low carbon vehicles - biofuels, hydrogen and the transition from fossil fuels
- Next steps for the Transport Decarbonisation Plan.
Policy officials attending:
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, and officials from the Department for Transport; Defra; MHCLG; BEIS; the Committee on Climate Change; the Office for Low Emission Vehicles; the Office of Rail and Road; Ofgem; the Cabinet Office; the Department for International Trade; the Health & Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; and the National Audit Office.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference
Price: £95 PLUS VAT
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