Rushlight Transport Briefing

UK Transport Energy: Analysis and Strategy


Wednesday 30 January 2019, commencing at 7.45am

 The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

This event opens the Rushlight Show. Breakfast will be served from 7.45am for those who are pre-registered. Breakfast will then finish being available by 8.30am when the panel commences.  The panel session will end by 10.00am and then there will be the address by the Minister (to be confirmed) which will be available to everyone.  After the address, delegates for just the UK Transport Energy Seminar are asked to leave the theatre and visit the Exhibition before leaving the venue by 11.00am.

In the whole economy, transport is one of the most rapidly changing sectors at the moment.  Having been a laggard compared with the evolution of electricity generation, it is now looking to catch up fast, with significant support from new government policies, targets and innovation funding.

The Clean Growth Strategy sees the UK having a substantial car and battery manufacturing industry in the future.  This has come about in response to numerous warnings that the UK will miss crucial 2020 transport targets and significantly damage its global reputation as a climate leader unless “major policy improvements” are rapidly enforced.  Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: “The Clean Growth Strategy reinforces our clear commitment to reduce emissions across the UK and to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.  An Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report from September revealed that in the UK the share of renewables in transport fuel has flatlined at 4.75%. The Clean Growth Strategy pledges to “develop one of the best electric vehicle charging networks in the world” to help decarbonise the transport sector.

In the context of decarbonising the nation’s heat network, increases in the production capacity for biomethane from anaerobic digestion and the role out of a new hydrogen production infrastructure, what does a clean transport system look like?  Most of the cars on the road now are expected to change to electric vehicles over the next 20 years, but how is that new demand for electricity going to be met optimally?  Will biomethane and other synthetic fuels provide a significant share of the road freight logistics fuel supply?  Will renewable hydrogen be common in cars and lorries, or will its future lie as the key component to decarbonise the national gas grid?  Are hydrogen and biomethane competing, or is one better for one purpose and the other better for another?  As electric vehicle charging becomes smarter, will all electric vehicle charging be part of a power generation, storage, usage operating model utilising innovations in smart systems, energy storage, blockchain and charging technologies?

Meanwhile, Heathrow Airport is making special offers to the first electric airline service, various airlines are trialling biofuels and the IMO is at last setting environmental targets for shipping.  Electric ferries are starting to transport people and Europe and Japan are seeing high speed hydrogen fuel cell trains in operation.  Diesel is being removed as the fuel of choice from trains, lorries and cars, to be replaced in most cases by electrification it is assumed.

This event will take a close look at the evolution in energy and fuel for transport.  The decarbonisation of power generation has seen a switch from coal to renewables in the UK.  What will be the next evolution which will decarbonise transport and logistics? What is being done to prepare the electricity system? How will the future of hydrogen and biofuels for road transport be decided? Should all biofuels be targeted towards decarbonising air transport and hydrogen be the system for the nation’s heating?  Will the markets decide the winners and losers or will policy ultimately dictate the outcome and what will that mean for stranded technologies?

This event will be ideal for investors, financiers, energy professionals, low emission transport supply chain, technology developers, consultants, vehicle manufacturers, electricity industry, energy storage supply chain, fuel manufacturers and distributors, logistics companies, transport professionals, energy efficiency experts, sustainability consultants and other advisers, local authorities and other public sector officials, advisers, media and other intermediaries.

This is a fundamentally important event for anyone involved with the UK energy market and the transport sector.


Chair:                   Richard Postins, Prova PR

8.35am                 Opening remarks: Richard Postins, Prova PR

8.40am                Overview of the Transport Energy transition –  Bob Moran, Head of Environment Strategy, Department for Transport.  Presentation is HERE

9.00am                 Preparing for Electric Vehicles –  Philip New, CEO Energy Systems Catapult & Chair Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce.  Presentation is HERE

9.15am                 Panel discussion and Q&A, chaired by Philip New and involving:

                              Bob Moran, Head of Environment Strategy, Department for Transport

                              Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, LowCVP

                              Wendi Wheeler, Energy & Carbon Strategy Manager, Network Rail

                              Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Sustainable Shipping Initiative

                              Neil Robinson, Chair, Sustainable Aviation and CSR Director, Manchester Airports Group

Chair:                   Beverley Gower-Jones, CEO, Carbon Limiting Technologies and Chair of BEIS Energy Entrepreneurs Fund Grants Commercial Panel

10.00am              Damitha Adikaari, Deputy Director- Head of Engineering, BEIS (on behalf of Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy & Clean Growth, BEIS) .  Presentation is HERE 

10.15am               UK Transport Energy Seminar delegates leave the theatre for networking and the Exhibition

11.00am               Event closes for delegates who are registered for just the UK Transport Energy event



The cost of a UK Transport Energy Breakfast & Seminar ticket is £45 plus VAT, which includes a hot breakfast. the seminar, the exhibition, networking and the whole Show up to 11am.

Registered delegates for the whole Show can join the UK Transport Energy event for free, provided that they pre-register to attend this part of the event before the day.

In summary, you can choose to attend just the UK Transport Energy event for £45 plus VAT and that includes the breakfast, or you can register for the whole Show and the breakfast event too in which case the UK Transport Energy event is free.


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Dr Bob Moran – Department for Transport

Bob is Head of Environment Strategy at the UK’s Department for Transport having previously worked at the UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, a cross Government policy unit working to position the UK as a global leader in the design, development, manufacture and deployment of zero emission vehicles and associated technologies. Bob was awarded a Ph.D. in Biomechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University in 2002 having graduated from there with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997. Bob is an Associate Member of the I Mech E.

Philip New – Energy Systems Catapult

Philip started at the Energy Systems Catapult in November 2015.  Prior to joining the Catapult, Philip was the CEO of BP Alternative Energy, which was made up of a portfolio of operating and developmental renewable energy businesses. These included a material onshore wind operation in the US, significant sugar cane ethanol and renewable electricity production in Brazil, and biotechnology and process engineering research and development activities, delivered through proprietary, joint venture and academic collaboration programmes.  He has held a number of positions during his time at BP, with a focus on building new businesses, deploying innovative technologies, understanding changing market structures and working with both consumers and industrial customers.  He has been involved in developing policy positions and has worked with a diverse range of external stakeholders. He was an active advocate for the Biofuels sector and engaged with policy makers and opinion leaders in Brussels, Washington and Whitehall.  He was a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and was on the Governing Board of the Energy Biosciences Institute. He has a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Wendi Wheeler – Network Rail

Wendi has worked in the Energy Management sector for over 25 years and is employed by Network Rail as Energy & Carbon Strategy Manager.  Leading Network Rail’s energy and carbon process, Wendi is responsible for the creation of strategies and managing the delivery of the £360m energy budget whilst meeting regulatory targets.

Andy Eastlake – LowCVP

Andy Eastlake was appointed as the LowCVP’s Managing Director in April 2012, after serving both on the board and as chair of the Members Council for many years.  As MD Andy has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of the latest accreditation schemes for both buses and HGVs, supporting DfT and OLEV in stimulating the uptake of low carbon technologies. He has a strong background in vehicle engineering, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel economy and emissions. He was formerly Group Head of Commercial and Projects at Millbrook Proving Ground where he led the work on powertrain test and development programmes and alternative fuels for a variety of global OEM customers. 

Neil Robinson – Manchester Airports Group

As Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director for Manchester Airports Group, he has leadership responsibility for all aspects of the Group’s wide-ranging CSR programme.  Neil also chairs, the industry coalition Sustainable Aviation, which brings together airports, airlines, manufacturers and air traffic control to work in partnership to address the major sustainability challenges facing the UK aviation industry.  With a background and strong personal interest in sustainability, Neil is a chemistry graduate with a post graduate degree in environmental management and an MBA from Birmingham Business School.  Prior to joining Manchester Airports group Neil held senior positions with a number of companies including London Underground and Jaguar Cars.

Andrew Stephens – Sustainable Shipping Initiative

Andrew has a truly international background in the maritime industry, working for leading maritime service providers Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Wallem Group in the position of Chief Operating Officer in a career which has seen him working in the UK, UAE, USA, Norway and Hong Kong. He was responsible for leading and managing business transformation, continuous improvement, integration and change management programmes, driving strategic planning and implementation, consequently delivering on improved customer satisfaction, business performance and efficiency.  He joined The Sustainable Shipping Initiative in August 2018, where he is responsible for leadership of the Secretariat.