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Rail Decarbonisation

Rail’s new future

5-6 August 2024 | Sydney Sofitel Wentworth

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We are delighted to announce that the 3rd Annual Rail Decarbonisation Conference will be held on the 5-6 August at a brilliant new venue the Sofitel Sydney.

Join us as we place decarbonisation at the centre of the discussion for the rail industry.

The 2024 event will bring together key industry experts to provide exposure to new ideas, innovations and viable emerging technologies, as well as addressing the latest policy settings, regulations and social license for both the passenger rail and freight rail sectors.

The 3rd Annual Rail Decarbonisation Conference will be co-located with Connect Rail 2024. An exciting new industry platform for addressing rail’s future. Showcasing the latest innovations and business opportunities, it connects technology, knowledge and people all under the one roof for an interactive exchange of ideas and solutions.

Mark your calendars to join us in August!


2023 Speakers

Kara Oldhouser

Director Sustainability, Amtrak

Andrew Harding

Managing Director & CEO, Aurizon

Hon Catherine King MP

Minister for infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Saskia van den Muijsenberg

Director, BiomimicryNL

Joan Smemoe

CIO, Railinc

Vivek Dhar

Director - Mining and Energy Commodities Research, Commonwealth Bank

Caroline Moss

Group Senior Manager Environment and Sustainability, Queensland Rail

Verena Pichler

Director, Emissions Avoidance Methods and Methods Reform, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Michael Cleveland

Director of Advanced Energy, Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company

Rod Barber

Director Environment & Sustainability Sydney, Transport for NSW

Prof Ravi Ravitharan

Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology

Dr Cong Qiu

Deputy Team Leader - Railway Materials, Monash Institute of Railway Technology

Dean Newburn

Regional Vice President, Global Services – Asia Pacific, Wabtec

Mary Roe

Executive Director, Development, Department of Transport and Planning

Christopher Wong

Director, Industry & Local Content, Department of Transport and Planning

Dr Mahdi Mason

Sustainability Manager, Queensland Rail

James Petty

Head of Asset Management & Strategy, Aurizon

Robert Angus

Principal, Rail & Mass Transit, Aurecon

Anitra Hobby

ESG Principal, Pacific National

Jane Gillespie

Rail Team Lead, Victoria, Arup

Alison Dilger

Director Sustainability and Climate Change, Aurecon

Raphaelle Guerineau

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Mobility Australia and New Zealand

Jorge Martin Gistau

Sustainable Transport Advocate, Ricardo

Prof. Colin Cole

Director - Centre for Railway Engineering, CQ University

Alexis Davison

Executive Director, Engineering and Program Services, Major Road Projects Victoria

Dr James Grenfell

Principal Professional, Sustainability and Materials Performance, Portfolio Leader - Sustainable Infrastructure Materials, NTRO | ARRB

Dr. Javad Yaghoubi

Senior Technology Leader, Sustainability and Materials Performance, NTRO | ARRB

James Stephens

Senior Decarbonisation Strategy Engineer, Pacific National

Dr Clarissa Han

Chief Technology Leader / National Leader, Sustainability and Materials Performance, NTRO | ARRB

Ellen Worthington

Manager, Integrated Sustainability, Aurecon

Tiff Lykke

Project Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member, NAWIC & Former Train Driver

Michael Paterson

Procurement Manager – Rollingstock, Pacific National

Aunty Di Kerr OAM

Respected Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribe

Next Generation Scholarships


Congratulations to the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarship for the Rail Decarbonisation Conference 2023.

Natalie Davenport, Graduate Engineer, SYSTRA ANZ
Leyah Agathogli, Civil Engineer, Arup
Gabriella D’Agata, Graduate Engineer, SYSTRA ANZ
Ben Voss, Safety Assurance Consultant, SYSTRA ANZ
Nathan Thaipun, Graduate Overhead Line Equipment Engineer, Aurecon
Sharnia Kumar, Health And Safety Graduate, CPB Contractors
Sarah Ly, Consultant, Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon
Stefan Zhang, OHE & SESA Rail Engineer, Arup
Kareeb Hasan, Technical Assistant, Monash Institute of Railway Technology
Irene Shen, Graduate Rail Engineer, WSP

We’re delighted to be supporting the winners’ professional development and sharing their innovative ideas on how to disrupt or bring greater awareness around reducing the rail industry’s CO2 emissions to zero.

Winners will receive complimentary attendance to the Rail Decarbonisation Conference and will be presented with a certificate of acknowledgement at the conference.

Supporters & Partners

The Rail Decarbonisation Conference is proud to support BiomimicryNL and their mission to empower people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.

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Hear what our 2022 attendees had to say:

“A great way to get into the mix of decarbonisation within the industry which allows recipients to understand the latest and greatest insights and what implications may arise.”

“The conference brought together a good mix of industry representatives who were willing to openly share their perspectives, experiences, knowledge and learnings to guide the ongoing conversation of how to decarbonise a critical part of Australia’s mobility and deliver sustainable transportation.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed it. It provided significant learnings to continue to push for improvements in everything we do, and to look from alternative perspectives, to provide more sustainable outcomes.”

“As a young rail engineer attending a conference like this was very inspiring and insightful to see where the future of rail is heading. It was very informative to see the new innovations that are being researched to decarbonise the rail industry.”

“It was a great event to connect with sustainability, environment and technical rail professionals that are focused on the challenges of decarbonisation.”

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.


Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related transport events*. Login information will be sent post event.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.


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To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

05 - 06 Aug 2024

Sydney Sofitel Wentworth
101 Phillip St,
Sydney NSW 2000


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