Decarbonization of Trucking

What is the role of Hydrogen Fuel Cells and direct Electrification?

A transatlantic debate

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, in collaboration with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, invites to a special networking event. Join for several discussions with subject matter experts featuring transatlantic perspectives from the public sector, consumer goods companies and technology developers.



Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (DGIC), 1130 Connecticut Ave. NW | Suite 1200 | Washington, DC 20036


8:30 am

Networking Breakfast (Buffet)

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks by Dr. Christoph Schemionek, President and CEO, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce

9:05 am

Introductory remarks by
Dr. Emily Haber, German Ambassador to the United States (tbc)
Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and DoE Hydrogen Program Coordinatory
Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation and Fuels, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy

9:30 am

Session 1 – Panel: Government Perspective: Strategies to Decarbonize Heavy-Duty Vehicles in Germany and the US
Representatives from the US and Germany present their respective strategies and policies to decarbonize road-based freight transport, including fuel cells electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, and overhead lines on the highway

Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Dr. Falk Boemeke, Division Director for Bilateral Energy Cooperation, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
David Livingston, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Department of State
Johannes Wieczorek, Deputy Director-General for Climate Change Mitigation in Mobility and Environmental Protection, Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport
Joseph Majkut, Director, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIC)

10:30 am

Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 am

Session 2 – Panel: The Demand for Sustainable Long-Haul Transportation: Battery Electric and Hydrogen as Solutions to Decarbonize Supply Chains
Representatives from Logistics and Consumer Goods companies speak about their technical and financial needs for zero carbon-based trucking technology incl. Q+A

Bruce Marsh, Director, Corporate Public Affairs, Deutsche Post – DHL Group
Arun Chickmenahalli, Director of Maintenance R&D – Advanced Vehicle Technology, Ryder Systerm, Inc.
Raymond Staples, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, TMP Holdings
Stefan Jacoby, President, Jacoby (TBC)
Phillip Cornell, Principal for Energy and Sustainability, Economist Impact

12:00 pm

Session 3 – Panel: Battery Electric and Hydrogen in Trucking – Technical Solutions and Financial Feasibility
Representatives from trucking and technology companies present their technological solutions, incl. Q+A

Richard Voorberg, President, Siemens Energy North America
Michael Perschke, CEO, Quantron AG
Owen Hopkins, Sales Manager, Hexagon Purus
Reine Alemar, Director Transport Development, Volvo Trucks
Harald Spaeth, President and General Manager Original Equipment, Mann + Hummel
Erika Gupta, R&D Group Head for Sustainable Buildings and Grids, Siemens AG

1:00 pm

Concluding remarks by Dr. Hardy Boeckle, Head of the Economic, Trade, and Finance Department, at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

1:15 – 2 pm

Lunch Break & Networking

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