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Speakers locked in for Alternative Fuel Summit

Victorian Minister for Energy and Environment Lily D’Ambrosio will be among the cast of speakers confirmed by the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) for its Alternative Fuel Summit.

Speakers from Viva Energy, CMV Truck and Bus, Volvo Group, Daimler Truck, Hyzon Motors and SEA Electric will join D’Ambrosio in giving keynote presentations at the upcoming event.

Recognising the need for the transport industry to evolve and shift towards greater emissions reductions, the VTA has created the inaugural Alternative Fuels Summit, in partnership with industry leaders Viva Energy Australia and CMV Truck and Bus.

“This exciting new initiative will bring together key stakeholders from the transport and logistics industry, government, regulators and researchers, to explore how our industry can embrace alternate fuels while also meeting the growing freight needs of the nation,” said VTA CEO Peter Anderson.

“The transition to Alternative Fuels in the transport industry is quickly gathering pace and, with the new federal government setting more ambitious emissions reduction targets, it is essential operators understand their future in the heavy vehicle category.”

The program for the Alternative Fuels Summit is still taking shape with more key speakers confirmed for the event, being held on Tuesday 23 August.

“Headlining the Summit is Victorian Minister for Energy and Environment Lily D’Ambrosio who will update attendees on the Victorian Government’s strategies for supporting the transition to alternative fuels,” Anderson said.

The Minister’s remarks will be complemented by Freight Victoria CEO Praveen Reddy, who will provide a more specific focus on the heavy vehicle sector and its uptake of alternative fuels.

“Co-event sponsor Viva Energy Australia has announced several significant investments in alternative fuels, and we are thrilled to welcome Chief Business Development & Sustainability Officer Lachlan Phiffer, Future Fuels Manager Sandra Lau, and Carbon Solutions Manager Rob Cavicchiolo to talk about how Viva is tackling the transition to alternative fuels, and its Geelong Hydrogen Station,” said Anderson.

“Vehicle servicing and fuel infrastructure is also a critical part of the Alternative Fuels transition, so we are delighted to have VACC CEO Geoff Gwilym address the Summit on steps his organisation is taking to ensure continuity of resources throughout the fuel network during the transition.”

The VTA said the other speakers will provide a comprehensive update on heavy vehicle equipment and technology being rolled out that embraces alternative fuels.

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