Programme List - BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing - Towards Net Zero Transport


08.30 – 09.00

Registration and breakfast

09.00 – 09.05

Welcome and opening remarks
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

09.05 – 09.35

Keynote: The Road to Net Zero

Transport has long been regarded as one of the hardest areas of the global economy to fully decarbonise. The sector represents over 30 per cent of global energy emissions - and those emissions are rising. There is no immediate path available for decarbonising aviation and transport, and even where clean alternatives exist in the road transport sector considerable challenges remain. Moreover, the industry as a whole underpins every other part of the economy, making it doubly difficult to accelerate the transformation that is needed. However, the Energy Transitions Commission recently concluded that it is not only technically, but financially possible to decarbonise transport around the world by 2060, at a cost of less than 0.5 per cent of global GDP. And with the cost and environmental benefits associated with net zero transport technologies becoming ever more obvious, has there ever been a better or more urgent time for governments and businesses to develop credible net zero strategies?

Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business

09.35 – 09.55

Case study: Green logistics

A leading company offers a deep dive on how they are future-proofing their operations through the development of low and zero emission transport infrastructure, exploring the reputational, commercial, and stranded asset risks that come with business as usual as well as the business case for investing in emerging green transport technologies.

Sam Clarke, Founder and Head of Business Development, Gnewt

09.55 – 10.45

Panel discussion: What does the Net Zero Transport route map look like?

The transport industry has seen a boom in green development in recent years, from the advancement and mainstream adoption of electric vehicles (EV), the emergence of green aviation fuels, and a host of low carbon maritime innovations and initiatives. But this welcome progress has failed to translate into emissions reductions. This panel discussion will consider the likely next steps for the green transport sector and explore how sustainability executives, investors, and policymakers can practically drive forward net zero transport strategies and avoid the reputational and stranded asset risks that come with current high carbon transport models?

James Beard, Campaign Manager – EV100, The Climate Group
Angie Boakes, General Manager, Electric Mobility, Shell

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys
Clare Linton, Policy Researcher, Urban Tranport Group
Moderator: Madeleine Cuff, Deputy Editor, BusinessGreen

10.45 – 11.05

Morning break and networking

11.05 – 11.45

Panel discussion: Tackling hard to reach transport emissions

Decarbonising aviation and shipping remains a huge technical and political challenge, but it is one that has to be addressed. This session will look at the technical innovations that are in the pipeline, the roll of offsetting, and how mainstream businesses and policymakers can apply pressure to accelerate the development of green aviation and shipping services.

Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi, Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Matthew Gorman, Director of Sustainability, Heathrow
Dr Tristan Smith, Reader in Energy and Shipping, UCL
Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Sustainable Shipping Initiative
Moderator: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

11.45 – 12.10

In conversation with Tesco: Net Zero emission fleets and infrastructure – Clean Van Commitment

A McKinsey report back in 2017 on light to heavy-duty electric trucks claimed that ‘electrification is happening fast, and it’s happening now.’ Fleets that run on fossil fuels have come under fire from customers and regulators for their negative environmental impact, pushing companies to reconsider alternative options. However, the electrification of fleet vehicles comes with its own set of problems, from the financial implications and limited choice in vehicles, to the spreading out of charging so as not to overtax the national grid. But, with an ever-increasing number of companies pledging to use more electric vehicles, has there ever been a better time to consider electrification of fleets and what difference will this make towards the journey to Net Zero? This session will look at how the Clean Van Commitment are developing and executing a zero emission fleet strategy.

Chris Large, Senior Partner, Global Action Plan
Christina Downend, Climate Change Manager, Tesco

12.10 – 12.40

Closing keynote

The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Their purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. Chris will provide an update from the CCC on their progress.

Chris Stark, Chief Executive, The Committee on Climate Change

12.40 – 12.45

Closing remarks
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch and networking

*Please note this programme is subject to change as the speaker line-up is finalised.