Achieving Rail Decarbonisation   |   Wednesday 14 September 2022 – Addleshaw Goddard, London

Registration and refreshments
08:45  to  09:30
Welcome from Addleshaw Goddard
09:30  to  09:35
Rachel Scott. Partner. Addleshaw Goddard.
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:35  to  09:40
Dr Stuart Hillmansen. Professor of Railway Traction Systems. University of Birmingham.
Part 1: Latest update on policies for decarbonising the rail network
09:40  to  11:40
The introduction of Great British Railways (Transition Team) and the strategy for Delivering Environmental Sustainability for rail
09:40  to  10:10
  • How environmentally sustainable is rail as a transport mode? What is the 30-year strategy for improving this?
  • What are the priorities for decarbonisation in the Whole Industry Strategic Plan (WISP)? 
  • How are other areas of environmental sustainability, such as air quality, climate change resilience and biodiversity being dealt with?
Andy Jones. Policy Advisor, WISP. Great British Railways Transition Team.
Creating the Sustainable Rail Strategy – encouraging collaboration across the UK rail network to deliver decarbonisation
10:10  to  10:40
  • How are net zero targets impacting projects and pipelines?
  • How might the sustainable rail strategy impact future contracts?
George Davies. Director Sustainable Development. RSSB.
Morning refreshments
10:40  to  11:10
An update on the strategy for Traction Decarbonisation
11:10  to  11:40
  • Alternative approaches building on the Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy
  • Maximising value from rolling stock solutions
  • Opportunities to increase efficiency
Rich Fisher. Head of Strategic Planning – Network and Integration. Great British Railways Transition Team.
Part 2: Traction decarbonisation strategies – the available alternatives to diesel and how they can support decarbonising passenger and freight services
11:40  to  15:25
Panel Discussion: Overcoming the challenges of delivering electrification – affordability, suitability and the infrastructure required
11:40  to  12:30
  • How to reduce costs, secure funding and deliver affordably
  • The obstacles to full scale electrification of the rail network and how other alternatives can support?
  • Infrastructure requirements for electrification, hydrogen, battery and other alternatives
  • Lessons from where electrification has been delivered in the UK 
Steven Hart. Associate Consultant. WSP.
Mark Gaynor. Director of Operator Services. Rail Partners.
Sam Jones. Principal Engineering Manager. Amey Consulting.
Richard Mann. Rail Strategy Lead. Midlands Connect.
Networking lunch
12:30  to  13:30
Panel Discussion: The rolling stock required to achieve decarbonisation – what technologies are available and how viable are they as options?
13:30  to  14:25
  • Alternatives to diesel power  - the role of hydrogen, battery, solar, and other technologies
  • How are ROSCO’s approaching converting existing diesel fleet?
  • How do you progress from demonstrating an example to rolling it out as fleet and operationally ready?
Julian Fletcher. Technical Manager. Vivarail.
Dave Hatfield. Business Development Director. G-Volution.
Simon Jarrett. Engineering Assurance & Development Manager. Chiltern Railways.
Case study: The use of hydrogen powered trains
14:25  to  14:55
  • Successful operation and learning from this experience
  • What infrastructure is required to make hydrogen feasible?
  • What is a realistic timeline for hydrogen to be freight and passenger operation ready?
James Alton. Senior Consultant. Arup.
Afternoon refreshments
14:55  to  15:25
Part 3: Non-traction decarbonisation strategies and whole life carbon: from decarbonising the supply chain to tackling embodied carbon in rail
15:25  to  16:35
Embedding decarbonisation in procurement and the supply chain
15:25  to  15:55
  • What does effective collaboration look like to green the supply chain?
  • How do you identify and value carbon in the procurement process?
  • Where has this been implemented and what lessons can be learned?
  • What opportunities does decarbonisation bring to the supply chain?
Dr Kim Yates. EUNA Climate Change Operational Lead. Mott MacDonald.
Tackling the issue of embodied carbon in rail – ensuring sustainable practices during construction of rail infrastructure
15:55  to  16:25
  • How to achieve low carbon building of rail infrastructure? 
  • What are the available material alternatives 
  • Best practice and methods onsite 
Craig Hales. Sector Sustainability Manager (Rail). Skanska.
Chair’s closing remarks
16:25  to  16:35
Close of Conference and networking drinks
16:35  to  17:35

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