The Motor Transport Decarbonisation Power Players webinar, sponsored by Optimize, celebrates industry leaders spearheading the transition towards a carbon-free transportation future. This year marks the third annual event, recognizing individuals driving change within the sector. The top 25 nominees were selected by a panel of judges, including:

- Catherine Bowen, Senior Policy Advisor at BVRLA, focusing on decarbonization and future mobility.

- Olly Craughan, Head of Sustainability for DPD UK, noted for reducing DPD’s emissions by 34% and transitioning the transport fleet to over 95% HVO.

- Colin Smith, Program Manager for Freight and Clean Vehicle Retrofit at the Energy Saving Trust, working on projects to reduce emissions and address the climate emergency.

- Andy Salter, Managing Director of DVV Media International and Freight carbon Zero, with 30 years of experience in the commercial vehicle and road freight sector.

The top-ranked Decarbonisation Power Player for 2024 is Sam Clarke, Chief Vehicle Officer at GRIDSERVE. Clarke’s leadership of GRIDSERVE’s Electric Freightway program, aimed at establishing a nationwide Charging network for electric heavy goods vehicles, earned him recognition. With a background as the founder and CEO of Gnewt Cargo, Clarke has long been at the forefront of promoting electric vehicle adoption, bringing invaluable experience to his current role.

Other notable figures in the top 5 include Chris Welch, MD of Welch Transport, Bob Moran, Deputy Director of Decarbonisation Strategy at the DfT, Carlos Rodrigues, MD of Renault Trucks UK, and Dr. Nicholas Head, Environmental and Sustainability Lead at XPO Logistics.

The list of Decarbonisation Power Players showcases a diverse range of professionals dedicated to driving sustainable change within the transportation industry. From innovative startups to established corporations, these individuals are leading the charge towards a greener future.

1. Sam Clarke, Chief vehicle officer, GRIDSERVE

2. Chris Welch, MD, Welch Transport

3. Bob Moran, Deputy director, decarbonisation strategy, DfT

4. Carlos Rodrigues, MD, Renault Trucks

5. Dr Nicholas Head, Environmental and sustainability lead, XPO Logistics

6. Michael Boxwell, CEO, Voltempo

7. Ben Garner, senior manager, logistics development, Tarmac

8. Nicholas Beatty, founder, Zenobè

9. Tom Parker, head of EU on road, Amazon

10. Katharina Tomoff, senior VP, environment, social and governance, DHL Supply Chain

11. Geoff Tomlinson, MD, FSEW

12. Karen Geekie, project lead, Zero Emission Truck Taskforce, Transport Scotland

13. Mark Collins, e-mobility and bodybuilder product manager, Volvo Trucks

14. Ian Johnston, chairman, Charge UK

15. Tanya Neech, head of sustainability, Scania UK

16. Isabella Panovic, programme manager, zero-emission road freight, Innovate UK

17. Russell Fowler, grid connections and strategy manager, National Highways

18. Gloria Esposito, head of sustainability, Zemo Partnership

19. Rob King, co-founder and CEO, Zedify

20. Jawad Khursheed, CEO, HVS

21. Andrew Scott, product director, TVS Interfleet

22. Adam Bennett, ev and sustainability manager, DAF Trucks

23. Philip Fjeld, CEO, CNG Fuels

24. James Venables, head of future sustainability, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK

25. Steve Gill, CEO, head of automotive, First Hydrogen

The live webinar, held on Tuesday 30th , showcased the 2024 Power Players, and you can catch the recording on demand. Additionally, find the complete list in Motor Transport’s latest issue, along with exclusive online access.