COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the ways we view, use and value transport systems. Lockdowns and social distancing measures have meant that the role of transport within and between urban hubs is changing, and raises questions around how we can better utilise urban mobility. From seeing more people cycle to work, to witnessing the benefits of lower air pollution, there are clear lessons to be gained around how to shape our cities to be hubs of clean, accessible and climate-positive transport. Solutions are two-fold – a large scale modal shift away from highly polluting forms of transport, such as personal vehicles to public transport or walking and cycling for short journeys, and a technological transition, such as switching to electric vehicles and making their respective infrastructure easily accessible.
While much of the onus around resetting our transport systems so they are fit-for-the-future falls on local and national policymakers, there is also an important role for the private sector in shaping our mobility needs and urban planning requirements. With businesses owning over half of all registered vehicles on the road, what does it take to get ahead of market developments to lead the low-carbon transition in transport? What sorts of emerging models and technologies can businesses leverage to decarbonise their transport fleets and logistics operations? What sorts of measures can businesses deploy to encourage behavioural changes amongst staff and even customers?
Claire Haigh is Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, a campaign dedicated to encouraging more sustainable travel. She is also Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub; a Director and Vice Chair of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and a Judge for the National Transport Awards. She chairs the Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra), and has been an Adviser and Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester. She is a columnist for Passenger Transport and writes regularly for Transport Times.
Greg is Professor of Transport Governance at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. He is an expert in climate and energy policy in the transport sector and is the Transport Decarbonisation Champion for EPSRC. Greg co-chairs the Commission on Travel Demand, is the Secretary General of the World Conference on Transport Research Society and the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Governance. He has served as an advisor to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee and regularly advises local, national and international governments.
Fred Jones is one of the UK’s leading authorities on new mobility. Since July 2020, he has been the UK and Ireland General Manager of Europe’s largest e-scooter operator TIER, overseeing the company’s recent UK launch. Before this, he held the same position at Uber, where he spent five years scaling the business, also in the role of Head of New Mobility. During this time, he launched the London Clean Air Plan: a £250 million fund that will accelerate the transition of Uber's London business to a fully electric fleet by 2025. Jones comes from a consultancy background and prior to moving into the transport sector, he was a director at Accenture, specialising in corporate strategy and value analysis. Jones has also worked as a business mentor, coaching leading start-ups on strategy, and has frequently delivered lectures at leading Business Schools in the UK including the University of Bath and University of York.
Vicky is responsible for leading the Climate and Energy Benchmark at the World Benchmarking Alliance. The benchmark supports businesses and the public sector through the transition to a low carbon economy. Vicky joined WBA from ABN AMRO Clearing Bank, where she was in charge of Energy and Commodity clients, and headed up the company's Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, forcing industry dialogue to increase transparency to support safe and orderly capital markets. She was also part of the Investor Working Group of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative and is an alumni of the Prince of Wales’ Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.
Peter leads Nissan's policy work and engagement with external stakeholders on a wide range of issues from zero emission vehicles to business competitiveness. Prior to joining Nissan in 2015, he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, most recently working on EU competitiveness issues. Previous roles included renewable energy, international trade, employment regulation and business financing. He started his career in the water industry, working in operational management and strategy development.
David has worked on long-term future strategy and sustainability programmes for close to 30 years, advising companies and governments on long-term trends and developing practical, implementation programmes to address these. He’s a regular media commentator on megatrends, with special focus on sustainability and technology futures, and has appeared on the BBC, Sky and national broadsheets. David was bestowed Businessgreen.com’s 2018 Leader of the Year award for his leadership of Future Ready.
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