Launching the Clean Futures Catalyst

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Wednesday 28 February 2024

09:00 AM - 02:00 PM


The STEAMhouse, Belmont Row, Birmingham, B4 7RQ

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Helping transport focused businesses and supply chains transition to a sustainable future.

The Clean Futures Catalyst launch is a key milestone in the region’s drive to be at the forefront of cleantech transportation innovation and manufacturing.

This half-day event will feature speakers from Jaguar Land Rover, Great British Railways Transition Team, West Midlands Combined Authority, and Transport for West Midlands, as well as transport R&D and electrification skills experts from Coventry University. There will be an opportunity to network with funders and development organisations, and engage in a panel Q&A session.

The West Midlands has a rich heritage in transport, development and manufacturing, and it is important to sustain economic growth in the sector as it transitions away from fossil fuels towards cleantech. The Clean Futures Catalyst aims to help the region’s businesses operating in the transport sector to transition to net zero – whilst increasing the region’s capacity for growth.

The event is an opportunity to meet with industry experts and similar businesses who operate in the transport supply chains.

Register now to find out how the Clean Futures programme can help your business transition through the net zero challenges to a sustainable and profitable future.

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Topic Details Proposed Presenter Duration
9:00-10:00 Registration, exhibition and networking Arrive, registration, receive event materials, refreshments and exhibition. Exhibition stands of regional partners who can support businesses with Net Zero journey 01:00
10:00-10:10 Welcome to the Event Introduction to the event agenda and objectives + Compere event Paul Fairburn, Director, Innovation Ecosystem, Coventry University 00:10
10:10-10:20 Introduction to the Clean Futures programme Presentation by the Clean Futures project director outlining the projects objectives and vision. Alex Weedon, Executive Director of SME Development & Academic Engagement, Connected Places Catapult 00:10
10:20:10:30 A Cleaner Future West Midlands WMCA - 2041 NetZero Plans, challenges and opportunities Mike Wright, Chair West Midlands Innovation Board, West Midlands Combined Authority 00:10
10:30-10:50 Overview of WM Transportation (TFWM) West Midland plan, challenges and opportunities to achieve a decarbonised transportation future Chris Lane, Head of Transport Innovation, Transportation for West Midlands 00:20
10:50-11:10 Decarbonisation of the automotive sector Innovations, challenges, and supply chain opportunities in achieving net zero in automotive sector Marcus Henry, Group Product Owner – Sustainable Future Transport Engineering Research, Jaguar Land Rover 00:20
11:10-11:30 Decarbonisation of the Railways

Innovations, challenges, and supply chain opportunities rail industry to meet the demands of the net zero future.

Stephen Brydon Programme Manager, Great British Railways Transition Team


11:30-11:50 Break     00:20
11:50-12:50 Panel session:
Net zero and the supply chain
Opportunities & Challenges in accessing transportation supply chains and becoming NetZero

Les Gill, Chief Operating Officer, Global Nano Networks

Natalie Wadley, Chief Executive Officer, ChangeMaker 3D Ltd

Stephen Brydon 

Marcus Henry

12:40-13:30 Catalyst programme & enablement of decarbonised transportation (1) Launch of Catalyst support programme
(2) Support from CU (AME) - Accelerator
(3) Support from BCIMO - Accelerator
(4) Support from ITWG

(1) Brian Stevens, Lead Business Adviser, Coventry University

Deepak Farmah, Head of Innovation, Coventry University

Richard Lane, Head of Digital Transformation, Coventry University

(2) Marcos Kaufmann, Director - Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Coventry University

(3) Olivia Brown, Operations and Marketing Manager, Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation

(4) Richard White, Chairman, Innovative, Transport Working Group

13:30-14:30 Lunch and networking     01:00


This event is hosted in collaboration with the Innovative Transport Working Group (ITWG) which is run by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) in partnership with the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands (IAWM).

Clean Futures is one of the 5 West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Innovation Accelerators, funded by Innovate UK with a total of £33 million, set up to help drive forward the West Midlands Plan for Growth by supporting and accelerating innovation in cleantech, medtech and digital.

The Clean Futures programme is led by the Connected Places Catapult and supported by Coventry University clean growth R&D specialists and the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO).