COP26 Covered Podcast episode 12: The Transport Day grand tour – Electric planes, hydrogen trains and autonomous automobiles

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Whether you’re a business leader, climate expert, environmental professional, youth activist  – or just someone with a passion for all things sustainability and climate action – this podcast is for you! COP26 Covered podcast brings you everything you need to know from each day of the crucial climate talks, wrapped up into 30-minute episodes.


In today’s episode…

While Matt and Sarah continue to keep on top of our up-to-the-minute COP26 news, Luke marks Transport Day by gaining a first-hand experience of the technological breakthroughs that are powering the shift to zero-emission mobility.

First, he takes a trip on HydroFLEX – a 30-year-old train which has been upcycled into the UK’s first hydrogen-ready passenger train. On-board, Luke speaks with Bruno Muller, head of strategy and sustainability at Porterbrook – which owns and operates the project.

Next, we sit down with Rachael Everard, head of sustainability at Rolls-Royce, to discuss ‘The Spirit of Innovation’ – an all-electric aircraft being showcased by the engineering firm within the COP26 Green Zone. 

And finally, Luke pays a visit to Virgin Media O2 – also stationed in the Green Zone – to experience a new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle which is on display. There, we speak with the group’s partnerships & innovation manager, Elisabeth Rochford, along with their head of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Tracey Herald.

About the show

COP26 Covered is produced in association with edie’s headline COP26 content partner O2. The daily show is a spin-off from edie’s long-running Sustainable Business Covered podcast show, which is taking a brief hiatus for the duration of COP26 – but will be back with a fresh look and feel later in November.

This mini-series of podcasts features round-ups, special guests, listener quizzes and more – all available to listen and subscribe to, for free, right here on along with all major podcasting platforms:  

COP26 Covered is broadcast from various locations around the city – including the edie team’s no-frills AirBnB – with episodes airing each evening.

The COP26 Covered podcast is available to listen to on iTunes and Spotify, or bookmark this page to see the full list of podcast episodes as they appear. 

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