Draft event programme for Transport + Energy Forum released

The draft event programme for this year’s Transport + Energy Forum has been released, with delegates set to hear insights from a variety of companies and organisations including the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), National Highways, National Grid, The EV Network, Green 2 Delivery and many more.

The theme for this year’s event is centred around ‘Taking action to decarbonise now’. With the UK reaching record temperatures of over 40C (104F) for the first time this year, 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. 

This exclusive event will connect transport and energy leaders with policymakers, industry groups, NGOs, the supply chain, networks, regulators, the highways sector, tech disruptors, local authorities, customer groups, plus other stakeholders tasked with the job of fully decarbonising our transport and energy systems. 

The event will include high-level keynote speeches about how governments and businesses can accelerate the transition to clean transport and energy. It will also include interactive panel debates focused on the key challenges and solutions; educational presentations; and much more.  

Attendees will also have access to networking opportunities and a tabletop exhibition, creating the space to form new connections and cross-sector collaborations. The conversations will then continue over an evening reception with delegates given the opportunity to cement relationships and opportunities for collaboration that could have a lasting impact.     

And that’s not all – spaces for local councils are provided free of charge so that each participating company is guaranteed access to local government officers who sit at the heart of this transition.   

The event is taking place at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre (BCEC) on 17th November 2022 and will start with a keynote presentation delivered by Katie Black, Joint Head of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

Delegates will hear from Dr Joanna White, Director of Roads Development at National Highways, who deliver an update entitled ‘Decarbonising road user transport on the strategic road network‘.

Motoring broadcaster and transport campaigner Quentin Willson is set to lead a discussion entitled ‘Talking Transport + Energy’ which will feature some of the event speakers. There will also be an update from Graeme Cooper, Head of Future Markets at National Grid.

Graeme will also form part of a panel to take part in a session entitled ‘Leading the decarbonisation of HGVs in Europe‘. Unlocking the future of net zero heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) is critical to the full decarbonisation of the logistics sector. That’s why the HGVzero action group was launched – to accelerate the decarbonisation of the members collective HGV fleets across the continent. Delegates will hear how the HGVzero partnership is working together to address this urgent business challenge, through innovation and collaboration.

There’s also a focus on local authorities – whose spaces will be provided free of charge at this event – with updates from Kester Sleeman, Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Programme Manager, Black Country Transport; Paula Claytonsmith, Director, Government and Strategy at Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) and policy support advisor to DfT’s Transport Technology Forum (TTF); and Chris Rimmer, Deputy Head of Department – Energy Systems and Infrastructure – Cenex.

Other highlights include a joint presentation from Rhys Williams, Innovation Project Manager, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and Lily Cairns Haylor, Co-Founder & Head of Product, Advanced Infrastructure who will speak about Regional Energy System Optimisation Planning.

The event is kindly supported by a range of sponsors and exhibitors including The EV Network, Green 2 Delivery, Char.gy, Motability Operations, ElectriX, Trojan Energy, Fastned and Direct Line Group. More information can be found here.

View the draft event programme here.

Transport + Energy Editorial Director Alec Peachey said: “The inaugural Transport + Energy Forum promises something for everyone. Reaching net zero can only be achieved through collaboration so we are delighted to be bringing together such a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist around this agenda. The event will set out the breadth of the challenge faced with a real focus on actionable solutions that can be taken now. We look forward to welcoming professionals involved in making the change happen to Birmingham in November.”

Individual admission tickets are available to book here.

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