How low can you go?

The challenge to develop low-emission commercial vehicles

How low can you go?

Transporting goods from A to B isn’t  a new concept. For several thousand years, merchants transported cargo from across the world to bring home exotic food, jewels and materials. The spread of the railways in the 18th Century and the introduction of intermodalism (containers moving efficiently between ships, trucks and trains) revolutionised the industry in the 1960s.

The last 50 years has seen a boom in the freight industry. UK domestic freight activity by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) alone carried 1.4 billion tonnes worth of goods, with an additional 7.8 million tonnes imported and exported between the UK and EU. HGVs are estimated to account for 17% of UK Green House Gas emissions from road transport and 21% of road transport NOx emissions. To reach the 2050 air quality and C02 targets, we need to see an urgent and substantial change in the industry.

What is the best solution to enable us to decarbonise our commercial vehicles? Can we move to the electrification of lorries, consider hydrogen powertrains, or look to other technological advances to increase vehicle efficiency? Or will drones and other futuristic delivery mechanisms replace the transportation system as we know it?

Each solution brings its own challenges and one size does not fit all. Our commercial and heavy goods vehicles are each unique in their task and fined tuned to their crucial in freight, agricultural and construction industries alike.

So in the challenge to lower emissions from our commercial vehicles, the real question is – how low can you go?

Agenda
TIME TITLE SPEAKER TITLE
12:00 Registration and lunch

Registration and lunch

13:00 Welcome from the event chair

Andy Eastlake

Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

Welcome from the event chair

Andy Eastlake

Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

13:10 Looking at the bigger picture

Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Committee on Climate Change

Looking at the bigger picture

Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Committee on Climate Change

13:30 Heavy duty powertrains: what is the best energy source?

Prof. Colin Garner

Perkins/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Applied Thermodynamics, Loughborough University

Heavy duty powertrains: what is the best energy source?

Prof. Colin Garner

Perkins/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Applied Thermodynamics, Loughborough University

13:50 The future doesn't hold heavy goods vehicles

The future doesn't hold heavy goods vehicles

14:10 Panel Discussion: How can we transition to low-emission?

Dr Robert Morgan

Spoke Lead, APC Thermal Efficiency Spoke, University of Brighton

Panel Discussion: How can we transition to low-emission?

Dr Robert Morgan

Spoke Lead, APC Thermal Efficiency Spoke, University of Brighton

15:10 Networking and refreshments

Networking and refreshments

15:45 Panel Discussion: Taking on the challenges

Tanya Neech

Sustainable Solutions Manager - Bus and Coach, Scania

David Thackray

Tevva Motors

Panel Discussion: Taking on the challenges

Tanya Neech

Sustainable Solutions Manager - Bus and Coach, Scania

David Thackray

Tevva Motors

16:45 Closing session

Closing session

17:00 Continue the debate over a glass of wine

Continue the debate over a glass of wine

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Venue

Science Gallery, Kings College

Great Maze Pond,

London

SE1 9GU

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