Clean Road Transport Day

Accelerating to Zero Emission Transport


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Wednesday 20th October - Sponsored by Phillips 66

Physical event start: 8:30am

Virtual event start: 9:00am

Event Close: 10:30am

The growth of the global market in zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) is outpacing expectations, and some estimates project that they will make up over 50% of all new car sales by 2040. In other words, we need to double the pace of the global transition to zero emission vehicles.

Rising faster than in any other sector, road transport accounts for over 10% of global emissions, as well as causing high levels of local air pollution.

Hosted by Chris Gilbert, Technical Manager and UK Decarbonisation Lead at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery, business leaders came together to discuss the role the UK and the Humber will play in developing, manufacturing and using zero emission road vehicles and the impact of global emissions from road transport.

Chris Ramsey shared his adventures and passion for EV travel and the recent advancements in the electric industry that have allowed him to travel the world. 

Gaynor Hartnell explored the rapid action to decarbonise transport, the increasing the use of renewable and recycled carbon transport fuels and how the market for renewable and recycled carbon fuels is growing, and progressively replacing fossil fuels used in UK transport (road, rail, maritime and aviation).

Mike Wailes discussed the Humber Refinery’s role in the journey to net zero and Phillips 66’s work with the Department for Transport and the Environment Agency to create advanced biofuels used in electric vehicle batteries to support the electric vehicle revolution.

Tristan Allen shared his passion for electric bikes, his achievements in founding ‘Fully Charged – Silverstone' and his aspirations to change behaviours for future travel.

Brian Houston explored research and enterprise activities within the School of Engineering including low-carbon, advanced and additive manufacturing technologies. With specific reference to IMecEng Clean Transportation for Sustainable Future policy, InventX, the Green Power Street Race and the Hull University Formula Student team (HUFS) competing at the Silverstone Circuit.

Chris Ramsey: “You’re doing a good thing, this is your first step and I thank you for doing that. It’s first steps that can decarbonise the planet.”

“The challenge to move to electrical vehicles isn’t the technology – it exists – the challenge is in our heads.”

“Charging infrastructure isn’t about chargers in streets and charging stations, electricity is everywhere, and the world is your charger.”

Gaynor Hartwell: “The science says act now but the politics says taking action now is harder than setting ambitious, long term goals and taking small steps towards them, and this is the dilemma we face.”

"We at the RTFA would like to see a rebate for high-grade biodiesel, it is possible to run on 100% biodiesel – McDonald’s does this, and it should be encouraged."

“Heavier vehicles are much more difficult to decarbonise than lighter ones. Biomethane is preferable for long-range, heavy vehicles that would be less suitable for battery power. At least two biomethane filling stations are in development in the Humber.

Mike Wailes: “We see the strong demand in EV and we want to be part of that. We make specialist graphites at a global scale at the Humber refinery. Five years ago we realised quickly the people who were buying them were then selling them to electric vehicle manufacturers.”

“The government hasn’t filled out the gaps on EVs, we are working with the government to get between the feedstocks and the back end of the process. If we don’t keep those in house in the UK then we will be relying on import and export, which would in itself be a carbon intensive process.”

Tristan Allen: “Our cities and towns have become extremely congested, and cities are taking matters into their own hands with extending low emissions zones and restricted traffic zones, but you still need to get things to shops and businesses. Toxic air leads to around 40,000 deaths in the UK per year.

“We now have electric bikes that can do all the things that a mini does. If we can get smaller vehicles into the mix, and off the road with other vehicles, this can make a significant difference both to traffic and emissions.”

“Toxic air is responsible for 40,000 UK deaths every year. Cities have become inefficient and in places unusable when it comes to transport networks. We need a solution, and we need it quickly.”

Brian Houston: “Formula Student provides a testing bed for the next generation of high-class engineers. “It provides an opportunity to engage and inspire and provide evidence that through innovation, change is possible.”

“Innovations are seen as risks but really they’re a necessity to come up with novel solutions to tackle carbon emissions and climate change – we can’t do it without it.”

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