#SustyTalk: Seizing the clean transport opportunities of 2021
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive panel discussion, held to take stock of the biggest opportunities and challenges for low-carbon transport in the context of Covid-19 and the climate crisis.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was first added to the edie website on 31 August. It is being re-run to mark Transport Day at COP26 (10 November).
#SustyTalk is all about keeping edie’s loyal readers connected to sustainable business leaders across the world, whilst reminding us all that sustainability and climate action must go on through the current Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
The video interview series was launched in spring 2020, when England was in its first national lockdown, as a series of 1:1 discussions.
Now, as part of edie’s ongoing Countdown to COP26 Festival, supported by Virgin Media O2, the edie team are hosting exclusive panel talks on the topics chosen by the UK’s COP26 Unit as key focuses for the conference: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Green Finance, Nature-Based Solutions and Climate Adaptation.
This panel, kindly sponsored by Siemens Mobility* and chaired by edie’s senior reporter Sarah George, convenes five experts on clean transport, each from a different part of the sector’s value chain. They are:
Siemens Mobility’s head of business development & strategy Ruth Humphrey
Transport & Environment’s UK director Greg Archer
Beryl’s co-founder and chief executive Philip Ellis
Transport Knowledge Hub’s executive director Claire Haigh (also chief executive at Greener Transport Solutions)
Porterbrook’s head of strategy and sustainability Bruno Muller
Together, the panel outline the work that must be done ahead of COP26, in terms of policy action that can support businesses to accelerate transport decarbonisation. Transport is notably the UK’s most emitting sector.
“As a country, we need to go further and faster to meet our decarbonisation targets,” Humphrey said.
“Siemens Mobility is at the forefront of driving this change in the transport sector and we already have the proven technologies and products that will do this. In fact, we’re committed to achieving net-zero as an organisation by 2030. What we need now is investment by Government across the country to help meet these national targets and we stand ready to do all we can to help.”
Our panellists chiefly take a UK focus and there is much discussion of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan.
* As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is at the forefront in driving decarbonisation throughout the rail industry. We’re constantly innovating our portfolio in core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, as well as related services.
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