Lunch with Leon episode 23 – Graeme Cooper

Tools in the toolbox – how many do we need?

Graeme Cooper is Project Director / Transport Decarbonisation at National Grid and, fresh from his appearance on Top Gear, he chats with Leon Daniels about how, in the last week, all the decarbonisation jigsaw bits are finally coming together.

Graeme talks with an easy engaging energy and passion, presenting serious thought leadership in an easy-to-digest form and explains his mantra “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

He unpicks the government’s recent announcements and its 10-point decarbonisation plan. Crucially, he tackles the oft-asked ‘big question’: Do we have enough grid capacity for clean transport?

What if the entire country went to electric cars tomorrow – would the lights go out?

Graeme sets out the how the government’s £950m to future-proof the grid will be spent and where he sits in the hydrogen v electric debate

He explains why, in heading towards 2050 net zero, “transport is the easiest to fix” and how almost limitless capacity for electric bus garages and is available right now.

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