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Rail Decarbonisation

5 – 6 September 2022 | PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

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Already one of the greenest forms of transport, the rail industry is at an exciting point as it pursues several key initiatives to decarbonise its operations, assets, and supply chains.
With the removal of diesel trains, the advancement of electrification projects, and the efforts to encourage more people out of their cars and on to rail, the sector is working hard to progress and achieve net zero goals. The decarbonisation of rail services will deliver a variety of benefits to economies, the environment, and to passengers.

The inaugural Rail Decarbonisation conference will bring together operators and manufacturers, leading technology and innovation experts, energy industry innovators and investors to discuss and explore the latest opportunities, challenges, initiatives, technologies, and developments for reducing the industry’s CO2 emissions to zero.

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESSES:

Ian Jefferies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads
Prof Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Transport UK
Ilse de Vos van Eekeren, Manager Circular Business, Dutch Railways (NS)
Nicola Small, Very Light Rail Programme Manager, Transport & Infrastructure, Coventry City Council, UK
Andrew Kluth, Adviser to the rail freight industry on decarbonization, UK
Laura McNichol, SVP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Watco, USA

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Coordinating an industry level approach to decarbonization
  • Australia’s carbon market and the impact on investment opportunities and company profits
  • The role of hydrogen in decarbonising economies
  • How do we consider the broader supply chain aspects of decarbonisation across the lifecycle of rail infrastructure and rollingstock?
  • Carbon credit opportunities and the rail sector
  • Advancing a circular economy
  • Designing against climate risk-How does rail consider climate risks as it moves to a lower carbon economy?
  • Design sizing and optimising zero carbon energy storage options for freight trains
  • Coventry Very Light Rail: Creating the UK’s first Urban VLR demonstration line
  • 99% circular train modernisation, and on track for 100% circular trains in Europe
  • Focusing on small victories in short line railroad decarbonization
  • Decarbonising Inland Rail
  • Pacific National: Our decarbonisation pathway
  • Our green future: Moving towards hydrogen in rail
  • Sydney Trains net zero emissions initiative
  • Putting Aurizon’s climate strategy into action
  • Getting Australasia ready for hydrogen in rail
  • Decarbonising rail traction: ‘NET- Decarb’ decision framework for non-electrified routes
  • Rail decarbonisation technologies, strategies and solutions – Deutsche Bahn working locally and sharing globally
  • Balancing safety hazards in the race to rail decarbonisation

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speakers

Professor Sarah Sharples

Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Transport UK

Nicola Small

Very Light Rail Programme Manager, Transport & Infrastructure, Coventry City Council, UK

Ian Jefferies

President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads

Laura McNichol

SVP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Watco, USA

Ilse de Vos van Eekeren

Manager Circular Business, Dutch Railways (NS)

Andrew Kluth

Adviser to the rail freight industry on decarbonisation, UK

Meghan Cowling

Sustainability Advisor, Inland Rail, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Prof. Colin Cole

Director, Centre for Railway Engineering, CQ University

Jane Gillespie

Rail Team Lead, Victoria, Arup

Frank Szanto

Design Authority-PMS Engineering, Rail and Transit Systems, Downer

Lana van Wyk

Principal, Hatch

Julie Bourgault

Principal, Hatch

Prue Newall

Head of ESG, Pacific National

Dr Fiona Simon

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Hydrogen Council

Joseph Lovie-Toon

Senior Method Development Officer, Emissions Avoidance Methods, Clean Energy Regulator

Rod Barber

Director Environment & Sustainability (Sydney Assets & Operations) , Transport for NSW

Alan de Reuck

Director Strategic Projects, Alstom

Troy Shorley

Senior Project Engineer – Rail Traction and Zero Emissions Technologies, Deutsche Bahn - Engineering and Consulting

Andy Petrie

Director Systems Engineering & Safety Assurance, ARCH Artifex

Tim Dighton

General Manager (Passenger Rollingstock and Signalling Branch), Translink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Charles Vint

Associate Director, 2XM Consult

Vivek Dhar

Director - Mining and Energy Economist, Commonwealth Bank Australia

Dean Newburn

Regional Vice President Services – Asia Pacific, Wabtec

Catherine Peppler

Head of Safety, Health and Environment, Aurizon

Mark Harris

Manager Environment, Aurizon

Georgia Gosse

Principal & Qld Infrastructure Advisory Lead, Aurecon

Roger Buckley

Principal Engineer Fleet Decarbonisation, Aurizon

Louise Barrett

Sustainability and Climate Change Manager, Rail Projects Victoria

Ibrahim Fazah

Director - Delivery & Growth Markets ANZ, Systra

Jody Finsen

Sustainability Manager, Inland Rail, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)

Scott Cornish

Group Executive Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail

Ainsley Simpson

CEO, Infrastructure Sustainability Council

Patrick Hastings

Chief Delivery Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council

agenda

8:00 am

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:40 am

Admin and safety briefing

8:45 am

Acknowledgement of country

8:55 am

Opening remarks from the chair

Catherine Peppler, Head of Safety, Health and Environment, Aurizon

9:05 am

INTERNATIONAL OPENING ADDRESS | Coordinating an industry level approach to decarbonisation

Andrew Kluth, Adviser to the rail freight industry on decarbonisation, UK

9:35 am

Australia’s carbon market and the impact on investment opportunities and company profits

Vivek Dhar, Director - Mining and Energy Economist, Commonwealth Bank Australia

10:05 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | The role of hydrogen in decarbonising economies

Dr Fiona Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Hydrogen Council

10:35 am

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

11:05 am

CASE STUDY | Pacific National: Our decarbonisation pathway

Prue Newall, Head of ESG, Pacific National

11:35 am

How do we consider the broader supply chain aspects of decarbonisation across the lifecycle of rail infrastructure and rollingstock?

Lana van Wyk, Principal, Hatch

Julie Bourgault, Principal, Hatch

12:05 pm

Carbon credit opportunities and the rail sector

Joseph Lovie-Toon, Senior Method Development Officer, Emissions Avoidance Methods, Clean Energy Regulator

12:35 pm

Networking & lunch break

Session chair: Prof. Colin Cole, Director, Centre for Railway Engineering, CQ University

1:45 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Designing against climate risk-How does rail consider climate risks as it moves to a lower carbon economy?

Mark Harris, Manager Environment, Aurizon

Ainsley Simpson, CEO, Infrastructure Sustainability Council

Patrick Hastings, Chief Delivery Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council

Moderator: Georgia Gosse, Principal & Qld Infrastructure Advisory Lead, Aurecon

Further panelists to be advised,

2:30 pm

Advancing a circular economy

Dean Newburn, Regional Vice President Services – Asia Pacific, Wabtec

3:00 pm

Design sizing and optimising zero carbon energy storage options for freight trains

Prof. Colin Cole, Director, Centre for Railway Engineering, CQ University

3:30 pm

Networking & refreshment break

3:55 pm

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Coventry Very Light Rail: Creating the UK’s first Urban VLR demonstration line

Nicola Small, Very Light Rail Programme Manager, Transport & Infrastructure, Coventry City Council, UK

4:25 pm

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS |

Professor Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Transport UK

4:55 pm

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS | 99% circular train modernisation, and on track for 100% circular trains in Europe

Ilse de Vos van Eekeren, Manager Circular Business, Dutch Railways (NS)

5:25 pm

The perfect opportunity to continue networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

5:35 pm

NETWORKING FUNCTION |

8:00 am

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:45 am

Admin and safety briefing

8:50 am

Opening remarks from the chair

Georgia Gosse, Principal & Qld Infrastructure Advisory Lead, Aurecon

9:00 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS |

Ian Jefferies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads

9:30 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Focusing on small victories in short line railroad decarbonization

Laura McNichol, SVP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Watco, USA

10:00 am

CASE STUDY | Decarbonising Inland Rail

Meghan Cowling, Sustainability Advisor, Inland Rail, Australian Rail Track Corporation

10:30 am

Our green future: Moving towards hydrogen in rail

Tim Dighton, General Manager (Passenger Rollingstock and Signalling Branch), Translink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads

11:00 am

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

11:30 am

CASE STUDY | Sydney Trains net zero emissions initiative

Rod Barber, Director Environment & Sustainability (Sydney Assets & Operations) , Transport for NSW

12:00 pm

Putting Aurizon’s climate strategy into action

Roger Buckley, Principal Engineer Fleet Decarbonisation, Aurizon

12:30 pm

Getting Australasia ready for hydrogen in rail

Jane Gillespie, Rail Team Lead, Victoria, Arup

1:00 pm

Networking & lunch break

1:50 pm

Can hydrogen reverse a switch to road?

Frank Szanto, Design Authority-PMS Engineering, Rail and Transit Systems, Downer

2:20 pm

CASE STUDY | Rail decarbonisation technologies, strategies and solutions – Deutsche Bahn working locally and sharing globally

Troy Shorley, Senior Project Engineer – Rail Traction and Zero Emissions Technologies, Deutsche Bahn - Engineering and Consulting

2:50 pm

Decarbonising rail traction: ‘NET- Decarb’ decision framework for non-electrified routes

Charles Vint, Associate Director, 2XM Consult

3:20 pm

Networking & refreshment break

3:40 pm

Balancing safety hazards in the race to rail decarbonisation

Andy Petrie, Director Systems Engineering & Safety Assurance, ARCH Artifex

4:10 pm

  • Why change?
    • Climate change and associated global targets
    • Medium- and long-term rising prices of fossil fuels
    • Future bans on fossil fuels
    • Long procurement cycles for rollingstock
    • Electrified v non-electrified lines
    • Battery v hydrogen trains
  • What governments can do to assist
  • Present status of associated technologies
  • Common H2 refuelling nodes for transportation variances
  • How states could work together in introducing new energy systems for trains

4:55 pm

End of conference

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pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2195+GST
Virtual Pass$1195+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1095+GST
Virtual Pass$695+GST

Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 35)*
*Eligibility for young rail professionals rate: Aged 35 years old and under on 5 September 2022.

Note: You will be required to provide ID on the day of the event.

Next Generation Scholarships

NEXT GENERATION CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Do you have an idea that could disrupt or bring greater awareness around reducing the rail industry’s CO2 emissions to zero?

We invite all rail sector personnel aged 25yrs and under to submit their innovative ideas for the opportunity to win one of 10 scholarships to attend the Rail Decarbonisation Conference.

Your idea may take inspiration from or could be applied to assist the rail industry as it works towards decarbonising its operations, assets, and supply chains– in 200-300 words describe your idea or concept and how it could enhance or promote rail’s journey to decarbonisation.

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Complimentary attendance to Rail Decarbonisation Conference
  • Opportunity to network with industry representatives
  • Certificates of acknowledgement

KEY DATES:
Competition deadline: 22 July 2022
Winners announced: 1 August 2022
Certificates presented at the Conference
Eligibility: Recent graduates and young railway professionals
Open to all recent graduates and young railway professionals who are 25yrs or under (as at 5th September 2022) A maximum of 3 winners will be selected from the same organisation.

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05 - 06 Sep 2022

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour
150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9261 1188
www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pr-darling-harbour-sydney.html

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