Making Connections for Climate Action: Urban transport and renewable energy
Start 18:30, End 20:00
Metropolitan regions around the UK and the wider world are pledging to move to net zero carbon emissions on ambitious timescales. With transport a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (in the UK transport is now the largest source), urban transport authorities have a key role to play in the transition to net zero.
Some of the measures that urban transport authorities can take are solely transport measures, such as promoting modal shift. However, others require transport authorities to make better connections with other sectors — connections which are both institutional and knowledge based in order to realise more opportunities for complementary cross-sector measures, and which are capable of delivering greater carbon reduction benefits than would be the case if the transport sector worked in isolation.
Florian Beiberbach, CEO of Stadtwerke Munchen, will present the innovative local authority owned utility company that brings together, amongst other things, the energy supply and an integrated local public transport system. Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy, will talk about the renewable energy sector in the UK and opportunities for closer links with local transport systems.
The subsequent discussion will explore how local institutional and governance arrangements support or hinder strategic and project-based cross-sector approaches and the lessons that could be learned. Panellists include Rasita Chudasama, Principal Transport Planner who is working to join the dots on carbon between transport, energy and the built environment for Nottingham City Council amd Keith Townsend, Corporate Director of Environment and Regeneration at Islington Council.
Florian Bieberbach is the Chief Executive Officer of Stadtwerke München. Bieberbach is president of CEDEC, the European Association of Local Energy Companies, and vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria. At TUM School of Management he serves as an honorary professor for energy markets and he is chairman of Forschungsstelle für Energiewirtschaft e.V., an energy research institution.
Juliet Davenport is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy – a renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future together with its customers. Davenport has been an innovator for over 20 years, working on ideas to fight climate change and transform the energy sector for the better. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables.
Rasita Chudasama is the Principal Transport Planner for Nottingham City Council and is heading up the city’s ambitious £6.1million Go Ultra Low City programme. She previously developed Nottingham’s transport policy and more recently delivered the £16m Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme aimed at promoting more walking, cycling and public transport use.
Keith Townsend is the Corporate Director of Environment and Regeneration at Islington Council. He currently acts as chief technical advisor to the West London Waste Authority and is a Commissioner for the Mayor of London’s Green Spaces Commission.