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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!

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Sam Longman

Head of Sustainability and Corporate Environment, Transport for London and Deputy Chair, The London Climate Change Partnership

Dr Natalie Pelham

Chief Executive, ONRSR

Keir Fitch

Head of Rail Safety and Interoperability Unit DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Brian Brennan

Chief Executive Officer, Transdev Australia & New Zealand

Edwina Johnson

Branch Head, Safeguard Mechanism and Carbon Leakage Review, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Carolyn Cox

Sustainability Manager | Kaiwhakahaere Rauora, City Rail Link Ltd

Vivek Dhar

Director - Mining and Energy Commodities Research, Commonwealth Bank

Georgia Gosse

Principal, Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon

Roger Buckley

Fleet Decarbonisation Manager, Aurizon

Damien Harding

Principal, Harding Innovation Consulting

Anitra Hobby

ESG Principal, Pacific National

Rob Ramsden

Principal Energy, & Climate Change Capability, Rio Tinto

James Stephens

Manager Fleet Decarbonisation, Pacific National

Ian Cook

Power Modelling Manager, Metro Trains Melbourne

Oliver Fong

Technical Director - Rolling Stock Lead, VIC, Mott MacDonald

Jayden Thomas

Rolling Stock Performance Engineer, Mott MacDonald

Frank Szanto

Technical Director - Rolling Stock, Jacobs

Joo Yin Ong

Green Transport Leader, Trading & Transition, Energy Australia

Dr Mahdi Mason

Sustainability Manager, Queensland Rail

George Sfinas

Engagement Manager, Standards Australia

Mamta Shetty

ESG Principal, Pacific National

Jane Gillespie

Rail Decarbonisation Leader

Dean Newburn

Regional Vice President, Global Services – Asia Pacific, Wabtec

Darren McNamara

Director Strategy-Freight, Transport for NSW

Peter Papantoniou

General Manager (Rail Infrastructure Delivery), Translink

Dr Jim Altham

Sustainability Coordinator, Infrastructure Planning and Land Services, Public Transport Authority of Western Australia

Dr Amy Philbrook

Hydrogen Technical Leader – Australasia, Arup

Thom Rawson

Sustainable Rail Principal, RSSB UK

Next Generation Scholarships

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 Connect Rail.

Your idea may take inspiration from or could disrupt or bring greater awareness of rail’s power to transform across decarbonisation, operations and infrastructure. In 200-300 words describe your idea or concept and how it could enhance or promote the benefits of rail.


  • Complimentary attendance to Connect Rail+
  • Opportunity to network with industry representatives
  • Certificates of acknowledgement presented at the event
  • Professional profiles on the dedicated ‘Next Generation Hub’ on the event app


  • Competition open: 19 June 2024
  • Competition deadline: 12 July 2024
  • Winners announced: 18 July 2024
  • Certificates presented at the Conference

Open to all recent graduates and young railway professionals who are 25yrs or under (as at 5 August 2024) A maximum of 3 winners will be selected from the same organisation.

Entries close 12 July 2024


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.


FasterForward is Informa’s approach to sustainability, moving faster to become a zero waste and net carbon business. Our goal is to become carbon neutral across our events by 2025 and a zero waste and net carbon business by 2030.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

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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