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Investor Briefing: Investing in Clean Transport
Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG

From 05:30 PM to 09:00 PM on 14 March 2018

There are many factors currently affecting the evolution of transport, including air quality concerns, decarbonisation, autonomous vehicles, advances in energy storage, population movement into urban areas, smart cities, the need for reverse logistics and online retailing.

Of all the sectors in the economy, transport is the one which is undergoing the most rapid change at the moment.  Having been a laggard compared with the evolution of electricity generation, it is now looking to catch up fast.  Headlines recently have been:

  • All Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019
  • Dyson plans to launch electric car in 2020
  • France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040
  • Electric bus sets record with 1,101-mile trip on a single charge
  • London’s ultra low emission zone arrives in 2019
  • Diesel vehicles to be banned from Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico by 2025
  • Volkswagen offers UK drivers up to £7,000 to scrap diesel cars
  • More fully electric buses to run in London in drive to clean up air
  • EasyJet plans to use electric planes for short haul flights within 10 years
  • World’s first zero-emission hydrogen train to begin operations in Germany
  • Paris orders battery-overhead electric locomotives
  • British Airways tries again on waste-based biofuels
  • Electric vehicle charge points to outnumber petrol stations by 2020 in UK

The fundamental question is whether this has made any difference to the original broad vision for the clean transport system, involving electric cars for personal use and short haul logistics, hydrogen or biomethane in heavy goods vehicles for longer trips, the complete electrification of railways and biofuels for aeroplanes.

Will it be the current major car manufacturers still making cars, albeit of the new type, with one or two new incumbents like Tesla?  Will it be predominantly the existing major energy companies providing the new biofuels?

While in the long run it may well be the major players today operating in the brave new clean transport world of tomorrow, it is more than likely that they will have achieved that position by buying companies that have taken the lead technologically and in the market with the solution of choice.  This then provides a ready and willing exit point in the near future for investors who have financed the companies which have developed the leading solutions.

This event will take a close look at the indicators for choosing the winners in this race for the technological and market-ready solutions.  Which areas are the clear favourites and which are the outsiders which could nevertheless be very rewarding? Which routes run the highest technological risk?

This event will be ideal for investors, financiers, low emission transport supply chain, technology developers, consultants,  vehicle manufacturers, fuel manufacturers and distributors, logistics companies, transport professionals, sustainability consultants and other professionals, advisers, media and other intermediaries.



6.00pm:   Welcome 
                 Michael Sippitt, Chairman, Forbury Investment Network 

6.05pm:   Opening remarks 
                 Grant Thornton

6.15pm:   Overview of current status of transport sector 
                 Denis Naberezhnykh, Consultant, Ricardo

6.40pm:   The regulatory framework, support and vision for low carbon transport
                 Rachel Solomon Williams, Head Low Carbon Fuels, Department for Transport

7.10pm:   Panel Discussion moderated by Clive Hall, Rushlight Events, augmented by:

                 Tom Holmer, General Manager, Sustainable Shipping Initiative
                 David Pummell, CEO, Velocys
                 Fiona Spowers, Communication Director, Riversimple
                 Shamir Gaiger, Programme Director Sector Policy, RSSB

7.45pm:   Networking drinks

9.00pm:   Close

Who should attend?

Fund managers, venture capitalists, private equity, high net worth individuals, business angels, analysts, brokers, corporate financial advisors, corporate investors, vehicle manufacturers, technology specialists, fuel and other resource specialists, procurement specialists,  transport and logistics professionals, financiers, consultants, technology developers, advisers, corporate sustainability professionals and other followers and participants in the transport and energy sectors.


Each delegate place costs £50 + VAT and places are strictly limited.

To register: call 020 7539 8000 OR email