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University announces energy and transport conferences

The University of Salford has announced two upcoming conferences on sustainable transport and energy innovation, with industry and policy experts from across the UK set to attend.

The University of Salford has announced two upcoming conferences on sustainable transport and energy innovation, with industry and policy experts from across the UK set to attend.

The University’s Future of Sustainable Transport Conference on 22 October 2015 will bring together national experts to discuss how energy efficient and sustainable transport systems can be realised as part of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse and regional devolution plans.

Sustainable transport

With the UK needing to revolutionise its transport systems to meet legally binding climate change targets and demands from the European Commission to reduce air pollution, transport infrastructure is increasingly under the spotlight.

The conference will focus heavily on the potential of upcoming legislation, such as the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, to empower local actors to lead the way forward.

Among the speakers at the event will be Paul Zanelli, chief technical officer at the Transport Systems Catapult; Helen Ramsden, head of Travel Choices at Transport for Greater Manchester; and Stephen Joseph OBE, executive director of the Campaign for Better Transport

Energy innovation

A second conference on 4 December 2015 will examine UK energy policy and how industry collaboration can ensure an energy mix that is low carbon, secure and able to respond to increasing demand.

The Future of Energy Conference and Exhibition will bring together senior industry figures to provide best practice case studies and the opportunity to discuss how the energy sector is addressing the key issues of energy security and climate change through greater investment in innovation and industry collaboration.

The panel of expert speakers includes Nigel Fox, energy demand manager at the National Grid, Nils Lehman, new ventures manager for innovation at the Carbon Trust, and a number of representatives from companies in the renewable energy and energy storage sector.

Both events are relevant for a wide range of stakeholders in the energy and transport sectors, including energy suppliers and installers, fleet managers, transport officers, housing firms, local authorities, sustainability and energy managers and NGOs.