Automotive and EVs

Planet Pod talks smart cities and EVs with Alex Gilbert, Celine Cluzel and Naomi Nye

Refreshed from our Christmas break, Planet Pod is brimming full of energy for 2019!  What better way to start than by talking to our guests Alex Gilbert, TfL’s Senior Energy Strategy Manger, low carbon energy consultant Element Energy’s Celine Cluzel and Naomi Nye, EV Sales Manager at Alfen, about the opportunities and challenges associated with sustainable transport and smart cities.  This is the first in a series of podcasts focusing on Global Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

 

Our guests:

Alex Gilbert (1)

Alex Gilbert is Senior Energy Strategy Manager at TfL as well as being Principal and Director of Clean Growth Ltd.  In his role with TfL he is curating, commercialising and delivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of TfL; London’s largest and most significant energy user.

This includes, but is by no means limited to: renewables; energy efficiency; transport electrification (including EV charge-points); power and thermal storage; private wire electricity supply; waste heat from the Underground; low carbon housing and urban infrastructure; sustainable property solutions; and decentralised energy networks.

In Alex’s opinion TfL offers the single greatest opportunity to make substantive social & environmental improvements within London.  He asks that, if any Planet Pod listeners have a relevant solution for our Capital, please get in touch with him!

 

Celine_B&W (1)

Celine Cluzel is one of the directors at Element Energy, a consultancy focused on low carbon energy. She leads the transport practice in the London office, with work spanning from cycling freight, cars, trucks, buses and even battery trains; looking at electric, hydrogen and biofuels. She regularly works for the UK Department for Transport, major UK cities and the private sector.

 

Naomi Nye

Naomi Nye has been involved in the EV infrastructure in the UK for the last 5 years, previously working for a UK manufacturer of EV charge points, before moving to Alfen in March 2018. Naomi is EV Sales Manager UK at Alfen which supplies smart EV solutions via our range of distributors and partners.

 

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Planet Pod talks sustainability with James Stephens, Aston Martin’s Director of Global Government & External Affairs

During a a break at a recent sustainability seminar hosted by Aston Martin Lagonda at their Gaydon factory (at which Planet Pod hosts Amanda, Jim and Steve ran breakout sessions) Planet Pod took a pit stop to talk with James Stephens, Director of Global Government and External Affairs, about Aston Martin’s approach to sustainability.  James discusses the drivers for sustainability for this luxury marque and the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (aka Global Goals) and explains to Amanda staff engagement with the car manufacturer’s operational sustainability programme.  We also get a glimpse of the future of high-end personal mobility in the form of the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept and discuss the company’s plans for prestige EVs.

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Volante Vision Concept

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James Stephens has been Director Global Government & External Affairs at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. since August 2015. He is responsible for government affairs, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for Aston Martin Lagonda worldwide.

Prior to Aston Martin Lagonda he served in a number of senior positions for Nissan Motor Company in Europe and BAE Systems in both the UK and United States.

 

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