Driving sustainable progress: Harnessing the potential of alternative power in public transport

Watch this exclusive webinar, brought to you by Intelligent Transport, to gain insight into the transformative shift in public transport power sources. Industry experts will discuss the adoption of alternative power solutions and the challenges faced in implementation, and will share their key learnings from their own experiences, providing valuable perspectives on sustainable mobility and successful integration of diverse technologies in reducing environmental impact.

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Webinar: Driving sustainable progress: Harnessing the potential of alternative power in public transport

Public transport is undergoing a transformative shift in power sources, with a rising adoption of alternative fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and compressed natural gas (CNG). Electric buses and hydrogen fuel cell technology are gaining traction, driven by environmental concerns and advancements in technology. Simultaneously, CNG-powered buses provide a cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuels whilst requiring fewer infrastructure and operational changes. This diverse approach reflects a commitment to sustainable mobility, with operators globally exploring a mix of technologies to reduce environmental impact in public transportation.

But, despite the progress that has been made, the industry faces many challenges in the process of adoption, including high initial costs, limited infrastructure and range anxiety, amongst others. Additionally, standardising technologies like hydrogen fuel cells poses hurdles. Overcoming these obstacles requires significant investment, collaborative efforts and technological advancements to make alternative power more accessible and practical.



MODERATOR: Richard Hebditch, UK Director at Transport & Environment

Richard HebditchRichard Hebditch joined Transport & Environment in September 2022 as UK Director. Before then he worked for a membership body for UK foundations. This included work on a funder commitment on climate change, to encourage foundations in the UK and Europe to focus more on climate change.
He has also worked for transport organisations in the UK, including for T&E member Campaign for Better Transport as Campaigns Director. He started with CBT just after the 2008 financial crash and led their campaigning in the early years of austerity in the UK to protect funding for public transport and to encourage better integration between transport and spatial planning. He also worked for six years at the UK’s National Trust, including work on Brexit and on future farming policy in the UK.

SPEAKER: Matt Greener, Director – Zero Emission Institute at Arriva Group

Matt GreenerMatt Greener joined Arriva Group in 2017 as Head of Fleet Management. In January 2022, he took up a new role as Arriva’s Zero Emission Institute Director and is now responsible for setting the direction for Arriva’s strategic approach to delivering zero-emission and low carbon bus fleets to support passenger transport authorities to achieve their decarbonisation and air quality objectives and targets. Matt and his team act as a central hub of knowledge and expertise for all Arriva businesses across Europe. The Zero-Emission Institute forges relationships with external stakeholders including manufacturers, infrastructure providers and energy suppliers to help create the right environment for a seamless transition to zero-emission vehicles. He is also engaging with academic institutions, engineers and industrial designers to make sure that Arriva is at the forefront of the latest innovation, but also to ensure that the group’s commercial expertise is factored into future thinking. It is only by working together as an industry that we will be able to decarbonise.

SPEAKER: Katie Black, Energy Transition Director at Transdev Group

Katie BlackKatie Black is the Energy Transition Director at Transdev Group. Transdev is a leading public transport company, delivering high quality transportation services in 19 countries. It has established itself as an innovative player in the electromobility sphere, operating a wide range of low and zero emission services across the globe. Prior to joining Transdev, Katie was the Joint Head of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles in the UK Government.

SPEAKER: Nada Jasim, Director – Safety, Risk Regulations and Planning Department at the Roads and Transport Authority (Dubai RTA)

Nada Jasim
Eng. Nada Jasim is currently Director – Safety, Risk Regulations and Planning Department, Strategy and Institution Governance Sector at the Road and Transportation Authority, which she joined in 2008 as Manager of Planning and Institution Policy for Health, Safety and Environment, and then took up the position of Deputy-Director of Safety and Risk Planning Department, which she has occupied since 2014. Her current role involves supervising the strategic and governance of the Authority as follows:

  • Supervising the procedures and issuance of safety certification and organizing matters relating to railroads in Dubai
  • ERM of the Road and Transportation Authority
  • Professional health and safety systems and professional environmental management of the Authority
  • Crisis management systems of the Authority
  • Management of investigations of transportation accidents
  • Constant review and monitoring of risks to ensure compliance
  • Sustainability systems and green economy, including energy and emissions.


  • The challenges of alternative power adoption and how these can be addressed
  • What the benefits and pitfalls are of each form of alternative power, and which is more suitable depending on operational criteria
  • How budgets can impact the selection of which alternative power solution is pursued and what should be considered in the selection process.


Is the webinar free?
Yes – there is no charge to watch the webinar, either live or on-demand.

When will the webinar take place?
The webinar will be taking place on 28 March 2024 at 08:00 CST/ 14:00 (UK TIME)/ 21:00 SGT/ 23:00 AEST.

Can I watch the webinar later?
The webinar will be available to watch on-demand shortly after the live broadcast takes place.

What are the benefits of attending live?
During the live webinar, you will be able to pose questions to the speakers, which will then be answered during the live Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

How long will the webinar be?
The live webinar will last for up to one hour.

Who will be moderating?
Leah Hockley, Editor, Intelligent Transport

What do I need to watch this webinar?
All you need is a computer with an internet connection. It is advised to use headphones where possible for your own comfort.