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Optimising Recycling  & Material Re-Use, Improving Circularity and Maintenance Operations to Drive Sustainability Growth in Rail


26th -27th September 2023,  London 

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Day 2 Agenda

8:00 AM


OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION: The Impact of Supply Chains on Human Rights, Understanding the Risk to Your Business
• What are the key requirements to improve social sustainability in rail organisations, implementing strategies on climate action, responsible procurement and social responsibility
• How are rail companies measuring compliance labour laws within their supply chain, what are the valid certifications on social sustainability
• What are the impacts of supply chains on human rights, what are the potential consequences for public owned rail companies
• Best practice in executing supply chain due diligence, making sure your suppliers are complying with human right laws to avoid any potential adverse consequences

8:45 AM

CASE STUDY: Optimising Procurement and Specifications to Reduce the Environmental, Social and Economic Impacts of Rail Products and Services Over Their Whole Lifecycle
• How are ROSCO’s and operators collaborating with train manufacturers to specify new solutions that reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency of new rolling stock being procured
• How rail companies incentivizing sustainability and creating efficiencies in the supplier chain, increasing sustainability demand through supplier self-assessments
• How do we assess suppliers, their sustainability performance and ensure conversion so that one supplier assessment score can be translated and compared to another supplier
• What contract models and procurement process are operators implementing to purchase technologies to reduce emissions

9:05 AM


10:05 CASE STUDY: Using Standards to Drive Sustainability in Rail, Increasing the Pace of Development and Providing a Road Map for Rail Operators., Owners and Suppliers
• Best practice Implementing new standards and processes in rail procurement to increase circularity and meet net zero targets on reducing co2 in rail supply chains
• Implementing new standards like material passports to increase commonality across the rail industry to reduce cost, manufacturing time and complexity for suppliers to meet sustainability targets in rail
• Standardising I.T architecture, developing the use of common data standards to increase transparency and accuracy of data used in measuring sustainability targets
• What standards are already in place to drive sustainability? Examining our current standards and creating new standards if there are gaps to meet the levels of other industries

9:30 AM


10:00 AM

CASE STUDY: An Integrated Approach to Systems Architecture in Rail to Improve Modularity, Reduce Cost and Mitigate Future Digital Obsolescence on Rolling Stock and Infrastructure Assets
• How is the industry working to develop common data standards to reduce interoperability of I.T systems, how can this impact sustainability and reduce the financial implications and risk of obsolescence in rail
• Should rail adopt its own global framework like ISO 55,001 to create common standards in the approach to asset management withing infrastructure and trains operations
• As trains are becoming more of a digital product, how are operators planning to meet the full life cycles of these assets and reduce the risk of I.T systems become obsolete
• Collaborating with suppliers to develop an integrated concept of system architecture for rolling stock, how is the system split and defined and how will these building blocks will fit together in the future

10:30 AM

CASE STUDY: Component ID’s and The Link to Safety, Taking Systems Thinking Approach to Solving an Engineering Challenge, Implementing Material Passports In Rail To Improve Safety and Reduce Risk in Supply Chains
• How do you track a specific component from a specific supplier made up specific materials all the way through its lifecycle, examine how operators are introducing material passports in their supply chain
• Best practice incorporating Life Cycle Data System (ILCD’s) and Environmental product declaration (EPD) to build a digital product passport, improving sustainability and safety in rail
• Examine how operators and infra owners using component ID of their assets to improve digitalisations of business processes and availability of parts in rail
• Best practice working with the supply chain to introduce component labelling standards for rail products to enable standardisation and digitalisation of supply chain operations

11:00 AM

CASE STUDY: What Lessons Can Rail Learn from Other Industries, Taking the Best Practices from Aviation, Utilities and Telecoms on To Find Quicker Paths to Sustainability in Rail
• What lessons can rail learn from industries like telecoms, utilities, automotive, aviation and I.T,
• Is it possible to implement successful strategies and standards from other industries to meet ambitious sustainability goals in rail
• How are other industries working with their supply chains to deliver transparency on scope 3 data
• What are the key lessons learned and insights discovered so far in Aviation and automotive in their journeys to becoming more sustainable forms of transportations

11:30 AM


CASE STUDY What New Tools Are Rail Organisations Using to Deliver Reliable Carbon Assessment Qualifications, Measuring Sustainability by Life Cycle Emissions to Determine the Real-Life Cycle Cost of Rail Products
• How are suppliers developing new tools for rail and other industries that allow companies to calculate the total cost of ownership including C02, understanding the real cost to the business of sustainability
• What different tools are rail companies using to measure, estimate and visualize the levels of carbon across the different operations of their business to be able to steer a clear path using these insights
• Best practice implementing tools for carbon assessments qualifications in rail to reduce embodied carbon, saving on capital and operational costs
• How are infrastructure owners using data from carbon assessment tools to drive insights in achieving NetZero emission to influence future designs and specifications in construction projects

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Supplier Case Study: Delivering Visualisation and Transparency in Scope 3 Data, Setting New Standards to Measure the Inflow and Out Flow of Materials in Rail to Steer a Successful Sustainable Path
• Best practice in Working with Suppliers to develop new products in rail to measure and manage the effectiveness of your sustainability strategy to improve decision making
• How are tooling providers working with the industry to deliver tools that measure and visualise scope 1, 2 ,3 emissions to help rail companies reduce risk to the business
• Implementing strategies to Improve quality and transparency of product data from suppliers to understand the true carbon footprint of the products in a rail environment
• Innovative tools and processes to measure material flow within rail business processes, can you measure the carbon impact of tearing down existing structures in new construction projects

1:30 PM

CASE STUDY: What New Technologies are Suppliers Introducing to Lessen Levels of Noise and Vibration to Increase Capacity and Reduce the Social Impact of Rail in Dense Community Settings
• How can trains operators reduce the effects of excessive noise pollution and vibrations in order to increase rail capacity and mobility whilst reducing the impact to the local community
• What solutions are operators implementing to reduce the levels of vibration from rolling stock in operations and improve the negative impact of rail for the community and environment.
• What is the impact of the increased frequencies of freight trains on the network in regard to noise pollution, is there more operators can do improve the frequencies and lower the impact of noise pollution
• How will the change from diesel to fully electric trains, batteries or hydrogen impact noise pollution in the future in shunting areas where trains are prepared and when the train is parked

2:00 PM

AUDIENCE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Bridging Solutions to Help Rail Operators and Infra Owners Reach Legal Targets on Decarbonisation, What Role Can Batteries, HVO’s, Synthetic Fuels and Hydrogen Play?
• What new strategies European rail operators and infrastructure owners implementing to meet their short-term goals and legal targets of decarbonising rail
• Identifying the right strategy to achieve sustainable operations in the shortest time possible, measuring where we are, knowing where we are to build a road map to achieve climate neutrality
• Examine how implementing batteries and alternative diesels like HVO could lead to a 90% decrease in carbon emission for rolling stock and maintenance vehicles and on track machines
• How are operators and infra owners working with suppliers to introduce more innovation to meet short term decarbonisation goal, what new solutions demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon emissions?

2:30 PM


3:00 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Rolling Out Electrification of The Entire Infrastructure, Implementing New Solutions to Reduce Embedded Carbon Impact and Cost of Electrification
• How are European Infrastructure owners rolling out electrification of their infrastructures to improve rail’s sustainable credentials, what are the challenges, timelines and impact to rolling stock operations
• Strategies for the reducing the carbon impact on electrification, how can rail make track renewals less carbon intensive to improve the sustainability credentials of electrifying the network
• Overhead line structures, reducing the number of structures, recalculating some of the loads in the structures or using composite materials to make them more carbon efficient
• What can the UK learn from other European countries who have a rolling electrification programme, would a small-scale rolling programme of electrification be more efficient for the UK

4:10 PM


CASE STUDY: Improving Waste Management in Rail Maintenance Regimes to Increase Recycling, Safety and Reduce the Environmental Risks of Hazardous Waste Spills and Cross Contamination
• What strategies are rail operators and infrastructure owners implementing to reduce cost of waste management and the volumes of waste produced from maintenance, customers and other sources
• Environment risk of storing wastewater, managing waste oil and waste product in rail, solutions to reduce the risk of spillage, cross contamination and bacteria in waste management operations
• How are operators collaborating with recycling suppliers to improve credibility of their waste statistics, where is the waste is going and how it's been treated
• Optimising recycling rates for different waste streams within rail, what new processes are operators using to increase the recyclability of commercial, hazardous and maintenance waste

4:45 PM


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