VIC | Session 4: Energy use in transport of the future

    Business Forum 2017, VIC  | 

    Session 4: Energy use in transport of the future

    Over 50 per cent of the world’s population live in cities and that concentration is expected to reach 70 per cent by 2050. Transport is essential to urban life. It enables people to get to work, to go shopping, and to engage in the many activities which contribute to the attraction of urban living. Without transport, urban freight distribution systems would grind to a halt threatening food supplies and economic activity. 

    Energy is fundamental to the movement of people and freight in order to overcome the ‘Tyranny of Distance’. Transport accounts for about half of world oil consumption with just under half of that is used in urban transport. The International Energy Agency expects total transport energy consumption to double by 2050 raising serious issues about energy availability and security as well as the local and global environmental impacts arising from the current reliance of the transport system on fossil fuels.

    In this session, the panel will explore the scope for the transport system to evolve to meet these challenges and what the public and private sectors can do to foster the innovation which is needed.


    Prof. Geoffrey Rose, Director of Monash Institute of Transport Studies, Head of Transport Engineering

    Professor Geoff Rose is the Director of the Monash Institute of Transport Studies located within the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University. In addition to leading Monash ITS, which has staff located in Melbourne (Australia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Suzhou (China) he is also Program Leader for the Master of Transport and Traffic. Geoff ‘s research and teaching activities cover sustainable transport, travel behaviour, advanced technology and transport policy. Geoff is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the US Institute of Transportation Engineers. 


    Nicolas Gindt, CEO - Yarra Trams

    Nicolas is a seasoned leader in the transportation industry, having held senior positions in rail passenger and freight organisations for over 20 years. He has consistently delivered results in managerial leadership, operation, and customer experience.

    As Chief Executive Officer of Yarra Trams, Nicolas is accountable for the operation of Melbourne’s tram network, which is the largest and oldest in the world with 25 lines, 250 kilometres of double track, more than 2,000 employees and 200 million passenger trips per year.

    Elena Woods, Electric Vehicles & Projects Manager - Renault Australia

    Elena has worked with Renault for 10 years now across three different countries. From managing the launch of the then ‘new’ Mégane in the UK, Elena moved to France to launch their electric vehicles and in 2014 she bought her EV experience to Australia.
    Since then she has been working to promote EVs and their benefits in preparation for the launch of Renault’s EVs in Australia.

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