RIA partner with Schneider Electric for Rail Innovation Event


Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation, energy management and automation, is partnering with the Rail Industry Association (RIA). The event, Unlocking Innovation: Energy in Rail , will focus on practical solutions for efficient energy use in the industry and will take place at Schneider’s Coventry campus on the 26th March 2019.

Energy sources, transmission and consumption are vital components in one of the greatest challenges facing the planet – climate change. Transportation is a leading emitter of CO2 and the UK rail sector has a role to play in seeing how it can reduce emissions.

In 2018, the industry was set a challenge by the Government to decarbonise the network by 2040. In January, the industry responded to this challenge with the publication of the initial Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce and Electrification Cost Challenge report. The Rail industry uses more than 1 per cent of all UK electricity and there is a pressure to reduce energy consumption.

The Unlocking Innovation events bring together people with the ideas and ambition to drive change in rail. This includes a mixture of large and small companies, academics and innovators, all of which want to drive forward the industry. Speakers include:

  • Andrew Kluth, author of the rail decarbonisation task force’s initial report
  • Alex Burrows of Birmingham BCRRE on hydrogen traction power
  • Dave King, Chief Engineer of Vivarail on battery hybrid powertrains
  • Rob Forde of Network Rail on reliable & Sustainable power
  • Michael Scott-Robinson of TfL on energy innovation initiatives
  • Kevin Brundish of AGM Batteries on the Faraday battery challenge
  • David Clarke, RIA will present his electrification cost challenge report

“Climate change is a challenge we all face. The rail industry is no different – actions and innovation is needed now if we are to become as efficient as possible. At Schneider Electric, we are really excited to be hosting the Innovation Event and to welcome some of the most important figures in the industry to our hub,” said Peter Selway, Rail Segment Marketing Manager at Schneider Electric. “The only way we can meet the challenges ahead is to be as collaborative as possible, sharing technology and demonstrating their capability. We hope that the event can help develop that dialogue between businesses and public sector bodies.”