Association Webinars: Trucking & Transportation: the Challenges to the Energy Status Quo


In this webinar, the panel will look at the future of trucking and freight transportation and tackle the question whether there is an opportunity for a significantly different future in the energy that powers the supply chain. Is the diesel engine doomed to obsolescence or is it a moving target for alternative technologies? Is there a battery vs. hydrogen showdown on the horizon? Will there be a difference between what powers over-the-road transportation and what powers the last mile, which in an e-commerce world is more important than ever? We'll discuss these and other issues in the webinar.


John Kingston is the editor at large at FreightWaves, the largest online source of news and data for the trucking and freight sector. He has been involved in energy markets since joining Platts in 1985.


John "JT" Engstrom serves as FreightWaves' Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the Market Expert team of analysts, FreightWaves' proprietary research group Freight Intel, and the commercial engagement team. Engstrom will also help with corporate strategy, partnerships, and prepare the company for the next stage of growth.

Prior to joining FreightWaves, JT was a top Transportation & Logistics analyst and Wall Street investment banker at STIFEL. While at STIFEL, in partnership with Board of Advisors member John Larkin, JT was consistently ranked among the top three equity analysts by StarMine in both the road & rail as well as airfreight & logistics categories between 2014 and 2018. Throughout his tenure in investment banking in 2018 and 2019 JT focused on public market, private equity, and family office deals completing nearly $1 Billion in transactions in trucking and asset light logistics.

Prior to that JT was in Oliver Wyman's Transportation & Logistics management consulting practice. Engstrom's first job out of college was writing route optimization models and algorithms for truckload carriers.

Allen Schaeffer, serves as chief executive for the Diesel Technology Forum, a position he has held since the inception of the organization in 2000. The Diesel Technology Forum is a not-for profit educational organizational that is the established and leading voice for diesel technology in all applications.

In this capacity Allen represents the leaders in advanced diesel engine, equipment and fuels technology on a variety of matters related to environmental, public health, transportation and energy policy related to the use, sociability and sustainability of advanced diesel technology.

Allen directs the Forum's work which spans a range of policy, strategic communications, media and research activities in the US and international settings. He has over 30 years of experience in energy, environmental, and transportation policy.

For thirteen years he served as Vice President of Environmental Policy at the American Trucking Associations (ATA), where he represented the trucking industry in legislative and regulatory policy matters at the national level and was principal environmental and energy advisor to a research foundation and 60 affiliates at the state and regional level.

Schaeffer has also served in a variety of capacities including on EPA's Federal Advisory Committee Subcommittee on Ozone, Particulate Matter and Regional Haze and the Clean Diesel Workgroup of the Mobile Source Technical Review Committee. He is a 30+ year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Public Health Association, and a former Respiratory Therapist.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland College Park and a Master of Environmental Health Sciences degree from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore MD.

Zane McDonald - Lead Analyst, Hydrogen & Transportation Technology, S&P Global Platts Analytics
Zane McDonald joined S&P Global Platts Analytics from the International Energy Agency in 2018 to research and model technology and policy scenarios critical to the energy transition. Zane's expertise contributes to several Platts Analytics Scenario Planning research topic areas, including: cross-commodity hydrogen analytics, current trends and advancements in alternative transportation technologies, longterm transportation oil product demand, and environmental policy analysis. Zane received a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Marshall University and an M.Sc. in both Energy Systems and Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Davis.


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