By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy UITPANZ

EIGHT INTERACTIVE online sessions will constitute the first zero-emissions bus (ZEB) forum for the Australasian region, to be held 1 October – 19 November, organiser The International Association of Public Transport in Australia New Zealand (UITPANZ) has announced, recently.

“Public transport is vital to a clean, healthy future for our communities and the ZEB Forum will be pivotal in shaping that vision," said UITPANZ executive director Michelle Batsas.

The event – with ‘premium sponsor’ Transport for NSW and ‘gold sponsors’ Arup and L.E.K. Consulting – over the eight sessions will include webinars and a World Café, UITPANZ confirms.

According to organisers it will, "…bring together public transport authorities, policymakers, operators, OEMs and bus manufacturers, technology and energy providers, charging solution suppliers and battery manufacturers, consultants and researchers to share knowledge and collaborate on the future of ZEBs in Australia and New Zealand."

Participants will hear from a range of local and international experts, including:

• The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, Minister for Transport and Roads, NSW Government;

• The Hon. Julie Anne Genter, Minister for Women, Associate Minister for Transport and Health, New Zealand Government;

• Elizabeth Mildwater, deputy secretary Greater Sydney, Transport for NSW;

• Bernt Reitan Jenssen, chief executive officer of Oslo's public transport authority Ruter AS, Norway

• Joe Ma, deputy general manager, Shenzhen Bus Group, China

• Lauren Skiver, CEO/general manager, SunLine Transit Agency, California, USA;

• Leslie Carter, managing director, MRCagney;

• Natasha Santha, partner - Transport, New Mobility & Energy, L.E.K. Consulting;

• Scott Gallacher, general manager, Metlink, Greater Wellington Regional Council;

• Hallie Liao, head of the International Development Department, Shenzhen Bus Group, China;

• Puay San Goh, director Bus Infrastructure and Assets, Land Transport Authority, Singapore; and

• Darek Koper, AT Metro manager Bus Services, Auckland Transport.

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UITPANZ executive director Michelle Batsas and general manager Angé Anczewska will facilitate the ZEB Forum, with the goal being to shape the future of sustainable mobility in Australia and New Zealand, they state.

"Covid-19 has presented many challenges for the public transport industry, but authorities and operators are eager to seize the chance to make our transport systems more sustainable," Batsas said.

"Public transport is vital to a clean, healthy future for our communities and the ZEB Forum will be pivotal in shaping that vision."

Full details and registrations for the ZEB Forum are available at https://encore.com.au/UITP/ZEB-Forum/register.php



The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility and is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes, it states.

It has 1,800 member companies from 100 countries and its members are public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, research institutes and the public transport supply and service industry, it says.

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