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Wales Cymru National Transport Conference 2022

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Date
14 June 2022
Time
09:00 - 12:15 BST (GMT+1)
Location
Online

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Overview

COP 26 Implementing the Policies

The aim of this conference is to address the theme of ‘COP 26 Implementing the Policies’ by covering a wide range of topics which will positively impact the way we live our lives from transport strategy through using new and sustainable technologies. Whilst some of the strategies being presented are Wales only, they will have a wider impact as people embrace new ways of travelling and benefit from the positive rewards within our communities and the wider global world. Presenters will also focus on how we can all contribute to the implementation of these polices by thinking about the way we travel.

The COP26 summit held in Glasgow in 2021 brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More information can be found at www.ukcop26.org.

This event is being brought to you jointly by ICE, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Chartered institute of Highways and Transportation.

Sponsorship of this event has been kindly provided by WSP and Atkins.

Programme

09:00 - 0910

Ed McCann, ICE President - Opening Address

Ed McCann is the ICE’s 157th President and took office in November 2021. He will open the conference and welcome Lee Waters MS and Deputy Minister for Climate Change and subsequent speakers. The theme of the conference is ‘COP 26: Implementing the Policies’. The speakers will focus on how transport can be done differently to protect the environment and engage users in active travel.

09:10 - 0920

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change - Keynote speech on Doing Transport Differently in Wales

Lee Waters Member of the Senedd and Deputy Minister for Climate Change will speak on how he is leading on a range of policies in the way Transport is delivered in Wales. These wide-ranging changes in transport include a review of road schemes, a national 20mph default speed limit roll-out in residential areas, a Bus White Paper and Bill to introduce franchising and a step-change in Active Travel investment. To gain the long-term benefit of these policies we all (organisations and individuals) need to change the way we travel.

09:20 - 09:30

Q&A session

09:30 - 09:50

Alison Thomas, Head of Policy and Engagement, Welsh Government - Llwybr Newydd – The Wales Transport Strategy 2021

The Wales Transport Strategy sets a vision for an accessible, sustainable, and efficient transport system that is supported by 20-year ambitions that are good for people and communities, good for the environment, good for the economy and place and supports a thriving Welsh language and culture. Responding to climate change requires a change in the way we travel. We need fewer cars on our roads, more people using public transport and more walking or cycling. We won’t achieve that level of change unless we take people with us, listening to users and involving people in designing a transport system that works for everyone. The Strategy commits to engaging users in the planning and delivery of our transport system. A major commitment in the strategy is to move people away from using their cars to walking and cycling and to use public transport. The strategy sets a target for 45% of all travel to be by sustainable modes by 2040. To achieve this, we will need to increase our investment in these areas by using the Sustainable Transport Planning Hierarchy.

09:50 - 10:10

Emma Thomas, Future Generations Manager, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd & David Markham, Senior Manager, Asphalt Technology, Tarmac - How we are preparing for a post COP 26 world of infrastructure in Wales

Griffiths will present their ongoing journey from being the largest road builder in Wales to a company solely focused on sustainable infrastructure delivery. They will especially be focusing on their close collaboration with Tarmac to reduce the carbon cost of their work.

10:10 - 10:30

Patrick Warner Lead Officer for Bus Decarbonisation, Liverpool City Council - Merseyside’s Zero Emission Bus Ambition: Enabling the much wider decarbonisation of road transport

As Merseyside ushers in a bold new era for buses across the region, attendees will learn about the first deployment of zero emission hydrogen fuel cell buses in the north west of England, the standard setting new features that will transform the passenger experience as well as the environmental impact and the complimentary off bus infrastructure improvements that will trigger a return to growth in patronage and the ideal conditions for the kind of modal shift we will need to see if we are to achieve our climate change ambitions. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the ambition doesn’t stop there because attendees will also hear how the ambition for better buses will also act as a powerful enabling force for the much wider decarbonisation of road transport, sharing refuelling infrastructure with other local heavy fleets to maximise the air quality benefits for local people across the communities of Merseyside.

10:30 - 10:45

Break

10:45 - 11:05

Geoff Ogden, Director of Planning, Development and Advisory Services - Transport for Wales: Developing a sustainable transport network through Metro

Transport for Wales has evolved significantly since its establishment in 2015. This presentation will provide an overview of our development programmes across Wales, supporting our vision to create customer focused services through a safe transport network of which Wales is proud. There will be an overview of our developing programmes and emerging priorities for the Metros, supporting the National Transport Delivery Plan.

11:05 - 11:25

Kathy Wilson, WSP - The key to Climate Change, Sustainable Communities, Protecting the environment

An exploration of the key to achieving climate change, sustainable communities and protecting and enhancing the natural environment. The common denominator is the human. In order to achieve these ambitious priorities, we need people to change. We need people to want to change and to be willing to change. This is always easier said than done. In order to achieve these changes we need to explore what people currently do, why they currently do these things and how can we influence them. There isn’t a “one size fits all approach” when it comes to humans. We are all very different and have different internal and external factors that shape our decisions our actions and behaviours. To achieve the changes, we need to approach these challenges with a new, fresh, alternative approach. We need to help today’s society to evolve. The key to all of this is to work with the people, bring them on the journey and to be part of the evolution.

11:25 - 11:45

Daniel Newall, Assistant Consultant, Infrastructure UK & Europe Engineering Design and Project Management, Atkins - Enabling Effective Carbon Management in Rail

Under the global climate crisis, changing policy demands are driving an increased prevalence in carbon reduction requirements and Net Zero targets on UK infrastructure projects. The industry is seeing a fundamental shift in the way we work, placing carbon at the core of our project delivery processes. As such, delivery teams are being challenged to find new and innovative solutions to help drive low carbon solutions. Carbon reduction is, at its simplest, the effective implementation of the carbon reduction hierarchy (Build Nothing, Build Less, Build Clever, Build Efficiently), but realising carbon reductions on major schemes can introduce new challenges. Low carbon solutions present both carbon reduction opportunities and carbon increase risks and can also impact the wider delivery success of a project. 

11:45 - 12:05

Panel discussion

12:05 - 12:15

Ed McCann – Closing speech

12:15

Conference closes

Speakers

Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2021-22

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Ed McCann

Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle. 

Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment. 

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.

 

Lee Waters

Lee Waters

Welsh Government

deputy minister for climate change

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Lee Waters

Lee Waters is the Member of the Senedd for the Llanelli constituency. He was born and raised in Carmarthenshire. He was educated in Brynamman and Ammanford and gained a degree in Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His policy interests are wide-ranging, including the economy, climate change, provision for looked after children, digital policy and the media.
Before being elected in May 2016, Lee was Director of Wales's leading independent think-tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He previously ran the sustainable transport charity Sustrans Cymru where he led the campaign for the Active Travel Act. He is a former Chief Political Correspondent of ITV Wales and BBC Wales producer.
On 13 December 2018, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport. Lee was appointed Deputy Minister for Climate Change on 13 May 2021.

Alison Thomas

Alison Thomas

Welsh Government

head of policy and engagement

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Alison Thomas

Alison Thomas is a chartered transport planner and has spent the last 21 years working in Wales, delivering sustainable transport. Alison has a passion for developing and implementing policies and strategies to meet our necessary zero carbon commitments in a vibrant and inclusive way. Alison has spent the last 9 years working for the Welsh Government and has led on delivering a number of key documents including the new Wales Transport Strategy 2021.

Geoff Ogden

Geoff Ogden

Transport for Wales

director of planning, development and advisory services

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Geoff Ogden

Before becoming Director of Planning, Development and Advisory Services at Transport for Wales, Geoff led the operational development of the organisation from scratch. He developing a team that advised the Welsh Government on the procurement of the new Wales and Borders Rail Service and the South Wales Metro. Geoff has significant experience of the transportation sector, particularly in Wales.

More widely, his experience includes leadership and support of change programmes, including the introduction of innovative and challenging solutions and technology. He has also been involved in a wide range of procurement and tendering exercises alongside service delivery: as client, client’s adviser, and tenderer.
Geoff is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of ICE.

His wider roles have included Regional Member for Wales on ICE Council (2014-2020), Chair of ICE Wales Cymru (2012-13), Chair of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering in Wales (ACE Cymru Wales) (2014-16). He is currently a member of the ICE’s Initial Professional Development Panel.

Kathy Wilson-Ellis

Kathy Wilson-Ellis

WSP

human factors associate and deputy regional lead

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Kathy Wilson-Ellis

Kathy has over 16 years’ experience working for Greater Manchester Police running their Intelligence Unit and over 12 years working for National Highways– ranging from analysing regional and then national incidents on the SRN, to a senior programme manager in the strategic road safety team, before joining WSP to lead on their Human Factors Capability.

Throughout Kathy’s career Human Factors has been a golden thread, this relates to factors such as environmental, organisational, human health and characteristics that influence behaviours. This is the key to ensuring successful problem solving by providing intelligence insight into the root cause that can then be used to ensure the changes needed are successfully delivered.

Daniel Newall

Daniel Newall

Atkins

assistant environmental consultant

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Daniel Newall

Daniel specialising in delivering carbon management of major infrastructure projects. He has significant experience working on both major road and rail schemes in the UK, guiding effective low carbon design during project delivery. His experience also includes assessments of land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) carbon, recognising the importance of integrating nature-based solutions with traditional whole-life low carbon design.

Prior to his time at Atkins, Daniel studied a masters in sustainability at the University of Southampton, where his thesis focused on understanding the synergies and trade-offs between the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals and climate change as a core driver for global system change.

Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd

future generations manager

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Emma Thomas

Emma is the Future Generations Manager with Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, Chartered Waste Manager and CIWM Cymru Centre Councillor. Emma has recently complete a three year term as Commissioner with the National Infrastructure Commissioner for Wales. She is currently devising a long-term sustainability strategy for Griffiths which is paramount to changing the way civil engineering operates, creating a better tomorrow for future generations. Emma’s responsibilities vary from environmental management of recycling and water testing, protecting wildlife and habitats, to implementing practical measures which meet environmental legislation applicable to construction. Emma’s role is shaping the future of construction and civil engineering.

David Markham

David Markham

Tarmac

senior manager, asphalt technology

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David Markham

David is a civil engineer by education but has worked in quarries and with asphalt over 25 years at Tarmac, where he is currently Senior Manager Asphalt Technology. He sits on various UK industry groups including BSI committee B/510/1 which covers asphalt products and recently chaired the working group revising PD6691 which is a core UK document for asphalt. He is actively involved with the increasingly important area of the carbon footprint of road construction and maintenance.

Patrick Warner

Patrick Warner

Liverpool City Council

lead officer for bus decarbonisation

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Patrick Warner

Patrick joined Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as their Lead Officer for Bus Decarbonisation in March 2021 after just over seven years as Head of Innovation Strategy at Go Ahead Group owned Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus in the southeast, where he led the successful project development for what will be the largest deployment of hydrogen fuel cell buses in Europe later this year at 54 buses.

Now overseeing the procurement and delivery of Liverpool’s first 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses due to start arriving in late 2022, Patrick is also charged with developing the strategy to deliver Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham’s vision of a zero-emission bus fleet of 1,200 buses across the city region over the next decade. A strategy which as you will see from the presentation sees Merseyside’s big bus fleet become a powerful enabling force for much wider decarbonisation of road transport.

Sponsors

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

The natural home for all people working in highways & transportation infrastructure.

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

The chartered body for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains.

Atkins

Atkins

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years’ design and engineering expertise.

WSP

WSP

At WSP, there’s nothing we love more than pushing boundaries. Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that's cleaner, greener and safer.