Dozens of businesses attend UK rail’s first event dedicated to decarbonisation tackles key issues

More than 100 businesspeople attended the first ever rail event dedicated to the topic of decarbonising the network by 2050.

The law to effectively reduced carbon emissions and take diesel only rolling stock by 2040 has set a challenge for businesses within the industry – as organisations and businesses collaborate to meet this challenge.

The Rail Alliance and BCRRE established Destination Decarbonisation to create networking opportunities and allow businesses to get an insight into what the industry is facing and how it can work towards reducing the industry’s impact on the environment.

A range of speakers discussed their main focuses during a number of sessions, with some interesting questions put forward by the audience.

Speakers included:

  • Jeremy Hotchkiss, Deputy Director Rail Group, DfT
  • Mark Gaynor, Head of Railway and Planning, Rail Delivery Group
  • David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association
  • Giulia Lorenzini, Senior Partnerships and Grants Manager at RSSB
  • Pietro Tricoli, BCRRE
  • Mark Goldby, Midlands Engine
  • David King, Engineering Director at Vivarail
  • Leo Murray, Managing Director of Riding Sunbeams
  • Stuart Hillmansen, HydroFLEX project lead and Senior Lecturer at University of Birmingham and Helen Simpson, Innovation and Projects Director at Porterbrook
  • Noel Dolphin, Director at Furrer + Frey
  • Jamie Young, Steamology

The key themes from the event demonstrated that there needs to be a clear rollout plan for electrification across the UK along intensive routes, while hydrogen and battery fuelled trains need to be considered for more local routes which would provide a metro service on branch lines for smaller stations.

Photo credit: Rail Alliance