Transport + Energy Forum: Speakers announced

Transport + Energy has unveiled the first tranche of speakers booked to appear at its Forum event on 17th November 2022 – with representatives from National Grid, Energy Networks Association, National Highways, The Electric Vehicle Network and XPO Logistics amongst many set to deliver updates.

The inaugural Transport + Energy Forum – takes place on 17th November at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre and will focus on immediate steps that need to be taken to decarbonise now. 

The event is being supported by a number of partners including UK Government, Transport Technology Forum, Black Country Transport, EVA England, HGVzero and many more.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Dr Joanna White, Acting Roads Development Divisional Director, National Highways
  • Kester Sleeman, Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Programme Manager, Black Country Transport
  • James Court, CEO, Electric Vehicle Association England 
  • Gill Nowell, Head of EV Communications for LV= General Insurance and ElectriX
  • Dr Nicholas Head, Environmental & Sustainability Lead – UK & Ireland, XPO Logistics
  • Dan Clarke, Head of Innovation, Energy Networks Association
  • Paula Claytonsmith, Director, Government and Strategy at Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) and policy support advisor to DfT’s Transport Technology Forum (TTF)
  • Mark Constable, Head of Business Development, Trojan Energy
  • Graeme Cooper, Head of Future Markets, National Grid
  • Reza Shaybani, Co-Founder & CEO, The EV Network
  • Shayne Rees, Head of Marketing,

Themes covered in the presentations and debates will include preparing the grid for transport decarbonisation, the role of local authorities in accelerating the transition to clean transport and energy, decarbonising logistics and reducing emissions, and how businesses can make the shift to all-electric fleets.

With more than two-thirds of emissions from energy production, and a third of all emissions from transport, decarbonising these two sectors will lead the net zero agenda across the world.

The idea behind the inaugural Transport + Energy Forum event is to unite professionals from both industries to help accelerate this transition. 

With the UK reaching record temperatures of over 40C (104F) for the first time this year, it has shown us that the issue of climate change must be taken seriously with urgent action required now. 

Focusing on what and how, the Forum event will set out the breadth of the challenge faced with a real focus on actionable solutions that can be taken now. 

Editorial Director Alec Peachey said: “We have less than 1,000 days to move the needle on climate change, encourage electric vehicle (EV) adoption and greener energy solutions. The time for action is now. 

“We are pulling together a fantastic programme with leading professionals from both the transport and energy sectors coming together to offer insight, debate and answers to help make change happen. Achieving net zero can only be done by removing silos and encouraging different stakeholder groups to work together. Although historically they might not had a link, they do now. We are looking forward to uniting professionals involved in making the change happen to Birmingham in November. Keep an eye on our channels for some more exciting speaker announcements in the coming weeks.” 

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