March 21st 2018 | Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

What our Speakers have to say

Humza Yousaf MSP

Minister for Transport and the Islands

Humza Yousaf was elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow in May 2011, aged 26. In May 2016 he was re-elected as an MSP, this time to represent the constituency of Glasgow Pollok, and was appointed Minister for Transport and the Islands.

Why do you think it's important to have event's like Holyrood's Green Fleets?

Achieving Scottish Ministers’ ambition to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 will require stakeholders across all sectors to work together.  The sharing of knowledge and experience, plus spreading awareness of new vehicle and infrastructure options is an important aspect of this. Events such as Green Fleets and Transport Scotland’s E-cosse Forum meetings allow an opportunity for relevant individuals and organisations to engage with one another.

The Scottish Government has reaffirmed their commitment to Scotland being a global leader for Electric Vehicles – what do you think is the biggest challenge ahead in terms of meeting this commitment?

The Scottish Government’s 2032 aspiration is ambitious but achievable. Probably no one challenge dominates, rather we face a range of challenges and accompanying opportunities across the roll-out of charging infrastructure; supporting the introduction of vehicles as they transition to being the obvious commercial option; creating a supportive regulatory environment though policies like low emission zone creation; and ensuring that the public are fully aware of the benefits of and necessity for, transport decarbonisation.  

If there was one specific challenge around Green Fleets you could overcome, what would it be and why?

The increasing range of EV types available and their expanding capabilities mean they can fit into an ever broadening variety of duty cycles. Costs for overall EV fleet operations are nearing parity with and sometimes undercutting those for traditional ICE vehicles. Matched with the convenience for fleet operations that our expansion of the ChargePlace Scotland network and support of home and office chargepoints brings – EVs will increasingly be the logical choice for fleet managers in both the public and private sectors. Ensuring awareness of that across the sector is a challenge which is well worth taking on, and events like Green Fleets can help us do that.

Gary McRae

Corporate Fleet Manager, Dundee City Council

Gary McRae graduated from The Robert Gordon University with an honours Degree in Business Studies. He worked in the Haulage industry for 7 years in Dundee before joining Dundee City Council in 2005. Gary has been involved with EV’s and charging infrastructure for the last 5 years and has overseen the introduction of the largest Local Authority Fleet of EV’s in the UK as well one of the largest urban rapid charging networks in the country.

Can you tell us a bit about your role within your organisation and what you do on a day-to-day basis?

I am the Corporate Fleet manager for Dundee City Council and manage all aspects of the council's vehicles and plant. This includes purchasing, managing, maintaining and disposing of assets. I am also responsible for delivering policies in relation to introducing low emission vehicles and infrastructure within the city and wider region.

Why do you think it’s important to have events like Green Fleets?

It is vital to share learning and experiences with other organisations and keep up to date with new developments in this area.

The Scottish Government has reaffirmed their commitment to Scotland being a global leader for Electric Vehicles – what do you think is the biggest challenge ahead in terms of meeting this commitment?

There are a number of issues, one is to get the infrastructure to support the mass uptake of electric vehicles. Another issue is to change the mindset if the people involved and dispel all the myths surrounding EV's.

What would you say is your greatest Green Fleet success story to date?

Dundee Council won Public Sector Fleet of the Year in 2015, Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year 2015 and I was given Green Fleet EV Champion award at Green Fleet awards 2017. Also having the largest Fleet of Electric Vehicles in any Local Authority in the UK.

If there was one specific challenge around Green Fleets you could overcome, what would it be and why?

Having suitable vehicles of all sizes to improve the environmental impact of the fleet.