Lunch with Leon episode 63 – Victoria Whitehead & Joy Newton

Leon Daniels OBE has lunch with Victoria Whitehead (Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure and Transport at Lloyds Bank) and Joy Newton (Associate Director of Sustainability and ESG Finance at Lloyds Bank).

As the government is urging us towards net zero, and transport is currently such a huge emissions contributor, what’s the role of technology and what’s the bank going to do about it? asks Leon.

The answers, we discover, are absolutely fascinating.

The conversation ranges from the ‘Energy Trilemma’ – finding a balance between security, affordability, and sustainability – to how we are seeing the same thing in the transport sector.

Discussing which technologies are likely to make the most impact, we discover that the bank is looking at a remarkable 85 technologies that are crucial for energy transition, of which quite a lot cover transport.

They also chat about building a UK hydrogen economy and what its role might be for vehicles. The packed lunch concludes by discussing the support available for SMEs to help their net-zero transition. And, we discover what the bank is doing to help SMEs who are ‘nervous’ about making the first step to net-zero transition.

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