Do you want to learn more about battery and fuel cell buses?

Join the zero-emission bus conversation in Paris where we will again bring together manufacturers, operators, policy makers and industry to discuss decarbonisation of public transport.

2 nd edition
Over 360 global stakeholders
organisations attended the event

The Paris Zero Emission Bus Conference follows the successful 2nd edition held in Cologne, Germany, in November 2018. Over 360 global stakeholders representing 220 organisations attended the event.

Expert speakers debated routes to commercialisation and discussed technological readiness of the two zero emission options: battery and fuel cell buses.

ZEB 2020 will call on European manufacturers, policy makers and operators to scale up their zero emission ambitions to become global leaders in the transition to a zero-emission society.


9:00 - 9:30

Coffee & Registration

9:30 - 10:30

SESSION 1: Towards Net Zero: Policies & State of Play

High level politicians are invited to outline their policies and affirm their commitments to supporting uptake of zero emission vehicles.

  • Towards net zero: France’s climate commitment
  • Welcome address
  • Transitioning to zero emission: RATP Bus Plan 2025
  • Modal shift: how do we encourage increased use of public transport as a climate solution
  • A detailed examination of today’s options
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee & Networking

11:00 - 13:00

SESSION 2: Zero Emission Buses: Experience & Outlook

This session will examine the current solutions and forecast trends for deploying zero emission buses in a dialogue between experienced operators and manufacturers.

  • Why are we still buying diesel? And how do we transition away?
  • Currents trends and forecasts: battery & fuel cell buses
  • Technical solutions – are zero emission buses ready?
  • On the stand: What can zero emission buses offer? Selected operators share their experiences and expectations of operating zero emission vehicles. The operator panel will have the opportunity to put their questions directly to the suppliers in this interactive session.
13:00 - 14:15

Lunch & Exhibition

14:15 - 16:15

SESSION 3: The Infrastructure Challenge: Deployment at Scale

This section outlines the challenges and barriers to scaling up infrastructure. Representatives from industry will present their solutions to the major challenges currently preventing widescale uptake of zero emission options.

  • Overcoming economic barriers to large scale deployment
  • Operational challenges for zero emission infrastructure
  • Panel: BATTERY – Infrastructure for a full fleet conversion challenges and ways forward
  • Panel: HYDROGEN – Infrastructure for a full fleet conversion challenges and way forward
16:15 - 16:45

Coffee & Networking


Networking cocktail at the Eiffel Tower in the Gustave Eiffel Room.*

*Prior registration required

9:00 - 9:30

Coffee & Registration

9:30 - 11:15

SESSION 5: Innovative Economics

This session will outline business models and pathways for moving from funding to financing of complete fleets of zero emission buses and their associated infrastructure.

  • Welcome address
  • Creating the conditions for zero emission fleets in France
  • Moving from funding to financing
  • Supplier pitches
11:15 - 11:45

Coffee & Networking

11:45 - 13:10

SESSION 6: Ambitious Transitions: International Plans to Transition to Zero Emission Fleets

This session will provide examples of ambitious scale-up plans from around the world, showing that zero emission bus technologies have no borders.

  • International Infrastructure Scale Up
  • Panel: Scaling up international ambition – full fleet transition plans
  • Call to action
13:10 - 14:30

Lunch & Exhibition









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venue & hotels

The European ZEB 2020 conference will be held at the Maison de la Chimie, which is located in the heart of Paris near the French National Assembly in the Invalides neighbourhood.


Due to the current uncertainty surrounding the global spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the European Zero Emission Bus Conference (ZEB) until Autumn 2020

contact us

Madeline Ojakovoh
Element Energy
Tel: +44 (0)203 813 3901

Michela Bortolotti
Hydrogen Europe
Tel: +32 (0) 472 395 486

getting to the venue

Maison de la Chimie
28 rue Saint Dominique
FR-75007 Paris


By Metro
Station Invalides / Lines 8 and 13
Station Assemblée Nationale / Line 12

Station Invalides / Lines C

By Bus
Station Invalides / Line 69
Station Assemblée Nationale / Lines 63 / 73 / 83 / 84 / 94

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