Road pricing, green fuels and rising oil prices
will be among the subjects tackled at a debate about sustainable transport hosted by the UK’s largest engineering institutions at Reading University on 18 April.
The Great Personal Transport Debate 2012 will bring together some of the UK’s most influential business leaders and academics, including the Director of the RAC and BP’s top fuels advisor, to debate the future of cars as personal transport.
Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “We are now witnessing the biggest turning point in the history of the car since Henry Ford first perfected his assembly line. Rising oil prices, creaking roads and the emergence of green fuels mean that our cars and the infrastructure they use will change dramatically in the coming decades. This debate is a great opportunity to hear about these issues from some of the UK’s leading automotive experts, ask your questions and put forward your views.”
The evening, hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) , Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) , will begin with presentations from the panel on the most pressing issues facing the future of the British automobile, followed by a Q&A with the audience to be chaired by John Wood, Past President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The presentations at The Great Personal Transport Debate 2012 include:
• Road Pricing and Future Roads Infrastructure
Professor Stephen Glaister – Director, RAC Foundation and Professor of Transport and Infrastructure, Imperial College
• Future Oil Supply and Pricing
John Rogerson – Fuels Advisor, BP Global Fuels Technology
• Internal Combustion Engines
Cedric Rouaud – Chief Engineer, Ricardo
Jon Hilton – Managing Partner, Flybrid Systems LLP
• Electric Cars and Recharging Infrastructure
Professor Phil Blythe – Director of the Transport Operations Research Group, University of Newcastle
The debate will be held from 7pm until 9pm on Wednesday 18 April 2012 at the Palmer Building, University of Reading. Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is essential. You can register to attend on the IET website , www.theiet.org , where there are further details of the event.