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Rail decarbonisation: costs, electrification, London's future


Welcome to an enlightening evening on Railway Decarbonization! Beyond the vague term lies a world of insights. 

In lecture 1, Dr Zhongbei will introduce the carbon footprint of various transport modes and then focus on railway carbon emissions and decarbonisation strategies. He will also illustrate the state-of-the-art railway decarbonisation technologies with some case studies, including railway energy modelling, energy-efficient train driving, and renewable traction power supplies.

In Lecture 2, Andy Bagguley will be presenting the approach taken by EWR in developing a traction solution for the different stages of East West Rail and how this needs to consider all aspects of the railway system.

In Lecture 3, JamesGoodger will be presenting on TfL’s approach to Net Zero and the opportunities that his team are exploring to reduce operational carbon.

This evening lecture will then move to a Q & A Pannel session chaired by Xenophon Christodoulou and Martin Halligan, and will be followed by a networking session.

Let's shape a greener future together!

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

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10 Apr 2024  

6:00pm - 9:30pm

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  • London Local Network

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Free registration - please register to secure your place


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Dr Zhongbei Tian

Assistant Professor in Transport Energy Systems - University of Birmingham

Dr Zhongbei Tian is an Assistant Professor in Transport Energy Systems at School of Engineering, the University of Birmingham. He is also an honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Dr Zhongbei Tian’s research interests include railway traction power system modelling and analysis, energy-efficient train control, energy system optimisation, and sustainable transport energy systems integration and management. Dr Zhongbei Tian has published over 70 high-quality papers. He has been leading a number of projects funded by EPSRC, Horizon 2020, Network Rail, RSSB, and Innovate UK. His research has been implemented in projects across the world, including Network Rail, Edinburgh Tram in the UK, Madrid Metro in Spain, SMRT in Singapore, Beijing and Guangzhou Metro in China. He was the winner of the prestigious 2016 European Partnership for Railway Energy Settlement Systems (ERESS) Award for Best Energy Efficiency Project for Railways.

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Andy Bagguley

Head of Systems - Rolling Stock - East West Railway

Andy has been ‘Head of Rolling Stock’ at East West Railway Company since April 2022 and is responsible for developing the requirements of the Rolling Stock to be used on the EWR route. A key part of this is aligning with the EWR Vision, Outcomes and Customer needs. Andy has worked in the rail sector for 18 years covering many aspects of operations, maintenance and leasing following a successful career in the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Technician. Andy is passionate about delivering an inclusive and integrated railway solution that meets the growing needs of a diverse customer base as well as aligning with wider challenges such as climate change.

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James Goodger

Engineering Delivery Manager - Transport for London

With a background as an E&M Engineer in TfL’s major projects and renewals departments, James now leads the engineering team responsible for developing decarbonisation projects to meet TfL’s Net Zero targets.

Reasons to attend

Learn about Sustainable Railways.

Nework with other professionals.

Earn CPD points.



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2 Savoy Place


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18:00 - Arrival and registration with Tea/Coffee/Sandwiches (Library)

18:30 - Lecture begins in the Kelvin Lecture Theatre

19:30 - Q&A

20:00 - Networking Reception

21:30 - Event Close





Free of charge