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Impact of freight decarbonisation and Covid-19 explored at Virtual Smart Transport Conference

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The Department for Transport (DfT) and key stakeholders from the freight industry will discuss how they are meeting the dual challenges of decarbonisation and Covid-19 at the Virtual Smart Transport Conference.

The free autumn event will be held virtually across October 20, 21 and 22 to help showcase solutions to government policy in the fast moving UK transport sector.

There will be eight sessions across the three days with over 45 speakers already confirmed.

The decarbonisation and Covid-19 impact session will open up the first day of the event, with David Elvy, DfT head of future freight strategy, outlining the latest Government thinking on the long-running challenges of congestion, changing business models and the shift to zero emission transport.

Oliver Johnson, head of sales at technology and e-mobility specialist ABB, will then detail the role it is playing in helping to develop e-mobility and intelligent transport solutions to enable sustainable movement of freight.

Laurence Drake, DAF Trucks managing director, will give a vehicle manufacturer’s perspective on sustainability and how a mix of electric, hybrid, hydrogen and internal combustion engines will likely be how the freight industry transitions to zero emissions in the long term.

Ed Clarke, managing director UK ground operations FedEx Ex-press Corp and FedEx UK, will close out the presentations with a detailed case study on what his company has learnt during what has been one of the most challenging years for the freight industry.

This will look at how FedEx has coped with operating during the Covid-19 lockdown and the steps taken to prepare for what may come in the future.

Clarke’s presentation will also look at how FedEx is playing its part in transport decarbonisation for long haul journeys, but with a particular focus on urban environments.

He will also detail how local authorities and Government can work collaboratively with freight operators to reduce emissions in towns and cities across the UK.

All these presentations are just part of the content packed three day event, which will cover all the pressing topics facing the smart transport industry.

To gain access to all of the presentations across the Virtual Smart Transport Conference and more you can register for FREE entry conference.smarttransport.org.uk.

Delegates that sign-up now and miss any content will be able to watch recordings of any sessions they have missed and reach out to speakers and headline strategic partners via email, chat and one-to-one meetings.

Smart Transport would like to thank its Headline Strategic Partners for their support with this virtual event including ABB, AECOM, Centrica, DAF Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx, Geotab, Liberty Global, Macquarie, PJA, Raleigh, Renault and Worldline.

Key topics to be discussed across the three day event include:

  • Impact of Covid-19 and decarbonisation of the freight industry
  • Strategic placemaking - integrating place and mobility, ‘levelling up’ towns
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the real world: The projects and trials that prove the use case
  • Decarbonising mobility - What have we learnt from Covid-19?
  • Liveable streets, cities and towns after the lockdown
  • Bringing together public and private sector to enable innovation
  • Tackling transportation challenges with big data
  • Public transport and shared mobility

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