Horizon Talk: How cars can put the brake on climate breakdown

Global Action Plan
Tuesday 5th May 5.00pm

How cars can put the brake on climate breakdown – A panel discussion about how if we think about them differently, cars can have a role in a sustainable and clean air future.
Can we speed up the transition to Electric Vehicles by thinking differently about the benefits they offer? And what needs to change so that they can be available to a much broader demographic? The role of cars will need to shift so we will look at what this means for car ownership and usage.
The session will draw on the experiences and insights of the panel and audience to consider the social justice issues around travel and collectively arrive at solutions which are both affordable and clean.

Chaired by Chris Large, Senior Partner at Global Action Plan, who is the architect of the Clean Van Commitment – leading a collective commitment from some of the UK’s largest fleet operators to have a zero tailpipe emission van fleet by 2028.

Chris Large is Senior Partner, Global Action Plan. In 14 years at Global Action Plan, Chris has helped businesses and the public sector harness the power of millions of people in tackling environmental issues. In partnership with hundreds of institutions, Chris and his team created several projects that are reducing air pollution through mobilising people, the public sector and businesses. Chris established the National Clean Air Day campaign in 2017 and more recently the Clean Van Commitment, Clean Air Hospital Framework and the Clean Air Hub. Chris also supports Singapore’s governmental green building strategy and created the award-winning Operation TLC programme that has saved the NHS millions of pounds in energy costs.

Christopher Hook is the Clean Air Lead and Head of Vehicles at Uber UKI. This means he is responsible delivering Uber’s ambition to be 100% electric vehicles in London by 2025 and supporting Partner-Drivers to make sustainable vehicle choices across the UK. He also supports Uber’s international work on electrification and sustainability. He sits on the Business Clean Air Taskforce and regularly engages with government, regulators, NGOs and other companies about how to encourage more sustainable transport. 
Prior to joining Uber, Christopher spent ten years as a strategy consultant at Accenture Strategy, specialising in sustainability and culminating in leading Accenture’s Sustainable Finance practice. During this time he worked closely with Accenture Development Partnerships, applying his knowledge of sustainability to support large NGOs and development organisations.
Christopher graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford in 2009 and lives in North London with his wife and twin sons.

James Taylor is the General Manager of Zipcar UK, the UK’s leading car sharing network. Zipcar has a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the minute, hour or day, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in cities and towns across Canada, Costa Rica, Iceland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. James has worked in senior marketing and operational roles for over 15 years across a variety of sectors and was previously Managing Director at car sharing service DriveNow. James is responsible for driving the growth of the UK business, raising awareness and promoting the benefits of car sharing for both customers and cities alike.

Sue Welland‘s early career began in TV and then global communications for corporations like British Airways, Visa and Eurotunnel. In 1997, Sue co-founded The CarbonNeutral Company, the world’s first carbon trading organisation for businesses and consumers. She registered CarbonNeutral as a trademark and developed the company through a series of VC fundraising rounds and built out its influence and commercial success. It remains a market leader.
Sue left day-to-day operations in 2009 to co-found HomeSun which leveraged the government’s new Feed-in Tariff, and catapulted Free Solar into the UK. HomeSun built the  largest residential solar portfolio in Europe and sold the business to Aviva 2012. Sue stayed with the same executive team to build FlowGem, an IoT water flow detection and monitoring device which was sold to Centrica in 2016. Sue’s current focus is on evolving youme.car, a new car subscription/sharing business – it is early days.

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