Catch the Train
Webinar 2

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Green Railways & Clean Growth

Rail is already a low-carbon form of transport, in the UK accounting for 10% of total journeys but only 1.4% of total transport emissions and about 0.5% of the UK total emissions, making it an environmentally friendly way to transport people and goods across the country.

The UK has set itself a legally binding target of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, and rail travel will be crucial to achieve this. Recently, Network Rail has published its ambitious Environmental Sustainability Strategy which forms a key part of its ambition for Britain’s railways to be the cleanest, greenest form of mass transport.

However, there is much more to do. By implementing the green rolling stock and infrastructure solutions rail can play a leading role in the decarbonisation of the transport sector, not only in the UK.

In Europe, rail operators expect to have reached 100% in their fleet decarbonisation by 2035. At the moment only c. 60% of the European rail network is electrified. Upgrading the remaining 40% is hardly cost-effective in many cases or financially makes no sense in others, which opens the floor to other energy sources.

Hydrogen is among the favourites with a neutral footprint as it is produced by electrolysis, the energy used coming from renewable sources. But this is not the only option. Bi or even tri-modality traction systems are also playing a role in the decarbonisation process.

What are the trends and the newest technologies within railway industry?

How rolling stock manufacturers and infrastructure managers could benefit from them?

Join this webinar to find the answers.

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Thursday, 20 May 2021
10:30 - 12:00 hrs CET

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Catch the Train webinar series

Webinar 2: Green Railways & Clean Growth

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This event will be delivered in English.
Agenda timing in CET.

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Thursday, 20 May 2021
10:30 am - 10:35 amWelcome Session - Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain, Rail Knowledge Transfer Manager, Knowledge Transfer Network
10:35 am - 10:40 amKeynote speech - Richlove Mensah, Director for Trade and Investment in Central and Eastern Europe, Department for International Trade
10:40 am - 11:10 amSession 1: Decarbonisation in infrastructure rail projects
Pooja Goel, Senior Advisor- Climate & Environment, The Norwegian Railway Directorate. Bjørn Bryne, Senior Advisor – Rolling Stock Technology, The Norwegian Railway Directorate
Christian Ljungdahl, Swedish Transport Administration
Paul Van Doninck, Jernhusen
11:10 am - 11:40 am Session 2: Innovative propulsion systems in rolling stock and the view from operators
Alfredo González, Head of Innovation Boosting, Talgo
Ralf Warwel, UK Sales Director, Stadler
11:40 am - 11:50 am Session 3: Green Finance
Halil Bedevi, UK Head of Aerospace, Defence, Rail & Advanced Manufacturing, Santander UK
11:50 am - 12:00 pmClosing remarks
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Our guest speakers will cover a range of green railways and clean growth topics, including hydrogen.

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Catch the Train webinar 1 is supported by KTN

KTN connects ideas, people and communities to drive innovation that changes lives. 

Innovation is complex. The journey from idea to market is not straightforward and requires a diverse range of know-how, investment, market knowledge and research. KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions.

With 200 staff across the UK, deep sector expertise, and over 44,000 organisations in our network, we collaborate to bring together innovation communities. Our diverse connections span business, government, funders, research and the third sector. To find out more about how we can work with you to drive innovation to market.


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Catch the Train webinar 2 is supported by Santander UK

Santander has an international footprint with presence in 10 core countries and many more via our network of alliances.

Santander Corporate & Commercial focuses on helping businesses prosper by being an ‘accelerator for business growth’. We know that ambitious businesses want to continue to do business with Europe as well as grow beyond traditional markets – that is why we have a deep, holistic and tailored approach to our international proposition to help businesses with their international growth ambitions.  

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) would like to invite you to take part in a 'Catch the Train’ series of webinars to learn about the latest news from the sector.

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