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Managing Disruptive Transition: Navigating the pathway to 100% electric vehicles

Course dates: 
Monday, 12 February, 2018 to Thursday, 15 February, 2018
The Future Of Electric Vehicles

With Nigel Topping, Paul Dickinson, Sandra Roling and Hugo Spowers

Oil and the internal combustion engine have shaped much of industry and of our lives for over a century. These dominant forces will soon change as the exponential growth of electric vehicles (EVs) continues. At just 2% of market share today, but doubling every 20 months, EVs look set to completely dominate in the next decade. What does this mean for automotive companies, component manufacturers, city planners, environmental policy makers, and investors?

At A Glance

  • An opportunity to share knowledge with, and learn from the experiences of inspiring leaders and how they are working to implement change in their own sectors.
  • Experience a process based on full-systems thinking to encourage a conversation about the challenges in the present, our aspirations for the future and the kinds of innovation we might need in order to address both at the same time. 
  • Practitioner application of the Three Horizons framework and an exploration of other methods of encouraging innovative thought to identify the resources, inspiration and opportunities for practical actions to lead transformative change in our own professional lives.
  • Insight from experts working in the EV and technology fields as well as those advocating for science-based targets and mandatory empirical standards on GHG emissions, resource-dependency and all necessary sustainability measures.

About This Course

Transportation accounts for more GHG emissions that any other sector in most developing economies and more worryingly, is the fastest growing in terms of emissions. European governments and city authorities have already set a 2040 sunset date for the sale of new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles but current progress will not be enough; two decades of subsidization for diesel vehicles has led to cities with dangerously high levels of particulates and other pollutants and even with the lower CO2 emissions of diesel, a transport sector that is based on fossil fuels will still help drive emissions far beyond the 2 degree threshold before 2040.

Left to a natural, market-led transition subject to the well-established advocacy of the auto manufacture and fossil fuel industries, there is little prospect of the wholesale system change required to make EVs the standard form of transport occurring in the timeframe necessary to decarbonize our economy in line with the targets laid out in the Paris Agreement. However, by working within the business and investment community, assisting the inspiring leaders working to implement change, and utilizing networks of leaders in the fields of investment, academia, public policy and business we can enable the technological disruptors or entrepreneurial efforts that will usher in a new era of sustainability.

Combining professional facilitation with bespoke content from expert practitioners in related fields, group development over the four days will evolve to cover participatory mapping of the current system and identification of key stakeholders through to the introduction and application of resources to encourage systems-change and initiate practical steps for transformative innovation.

This class will include:

• Participatory systems-mapping exercises
• Expert practitioner-led learning sessions
• Introduction to the tools and techniques for systems change

Who is this course for:

• Sustainability experts
• Automotive engineers
• Climate change activists
• Local and national government representatives
• Investment professionals
• Anyone who wants to understand what role they can play in heralding in necessary decarbonisation of the transportation sector

What will participants gain from taking part in this course?

• Practical, and participatory experience in the application of the three horizons framework and other resources to create future scenarios based on current systems.
• The opportunity to share knowledge, network, and learn from the experiences of inspiring leaders in various sectors.
• Insight from both environmental activists and policymakers as well as those working in the technological and business sectors on how we can approach the necessary changes in the transportation sector.


The Climate Group CDP We Mean Business


Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping is the CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of organizations working on climate change with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. He has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, consulting for and running manufacturing businesses. Previously, he was executive director of CDP.

Paul Dickinson

Paul Dickinson

Paul Dickinson is the co-founder and Executive Chair of CDP, a global not for profit that represents 827 investors with US$100 trillion in assets (more than global GDP) and uses this authority to instruct corporations to gather and disclose detailed information on their greenhouse gas emissions, strategy on climate change and numerous other data points. He is author of the book ‘Beautiful Corporations’, published by Financial Times / Prentice Hall and a trustee of the Friends Provident Foundation and ShareAction.

Sandra Roling

Sandra Roling

Sandra Roling is leading the development of The Climate Group’s new corporate leadership initiative on electro-mobility, EV100, to bring together major global companies to make public commitments to EV uptake across their influence areas. As part of the corporate programs team, Sandra also contributes to the development of The Climate Group’s broader corporate leadership work, in particular currently the development of EU advocacy work for the RE100 campaign.

Hugo Spowers

Hugo Spowers

Hugo Spowers left motorsport for environmental reasons and set up Riversimple on the basis that a step change in automotive technology is both essential and possible; the principal barriers are not technical but to do with people, politics and business inertia.  Riversimple is a sustainable car company, developing hydrogen fuel cell cars and an all-inclusive usership model that makes energy efficiency profitable.  The Rasa prototype is the first Riversimple car designed for type approval; a pilot trial of 20 vehicles is being launched in 2018.

£ 795.00
Course fees include meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Thursday afternoon, and includes three nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.