Guest of Honour

Richard Bruce Director, Energy, Technology and Innovation, Department for Transport

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According to a report by the Royal College of Physicians, air pollution kills 40,000 people per year in the UK. The Government is producing a Clean Air Plan next year and has already pledged to ban the manufacture of petrol and diesel cars after 2040 and put £1bn towards the development of electric vehicles, while London has seen the introduction of the T-charge on the more polluting vehicles. This forum will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss and debate priorities for air quality in the UK nationally and locally, including the clean air strategy and the options for low-emissions vehicle in the future, specifically electric vehicles.


08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking


09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming Remarks


09:05 - 09:35
Developing the UK's Clean Air Strategy



Richard Bruce Director, Energy, Technology and Innovation, Department for Transport

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09:35 - 10:30
Lowering emissions and priorities for air quality: Government strategy, next steps and future options

  • Does the government clean air plan go far enough to tackle air quality problems in the UK?
  • After dieselgate, what is the current situation in understanding and testing real world emissions?       
  • To what extent should government action focus on regulation and local action?
  • With NO2 levels in parts of our cities reaching dangerous levels, what is being done and what still needs to be done to improve this?       
  • With the announcement of a joint inquiry involving four different committees (health, environment, transport and environmental audit), what are the likely benefits of greater collaboration between policymakers?

10:30 - 10:35
Chair's Closing Comments


10:35 - 11:05
Refreshments and Networking Break


11:05 - 11:10
Chair's Welcome Back


11:10 - 12:05
Electric Vehicles- the solution we’ve been waiting for?

  • What are the opportunities and challenges that are posed with increased uptake of electric vehicles?
  • What options are there to encourage users to overcome range anxiety and persuade people to buy more electric vehicles?
  • What can be done to ensure that heavy duty vehicles such as trucks and buses are considered and catered for in the transition towards electric vehicles?
  • With the government promising £1bn towards developing electric vehicles and £100m towards electric vehicle infrastructure in their clean air plan, should there be some investment in exploring other low-carbon options such as hydrogen fuel cells as a viable alternative to petrol and diesel?
  • What role do financial incentives play in increasing the uptake of electric and low emissions vehicles?
  • How can the government extend the financial incentives for selling low emissions vehicles onto other sectors?

12:05 - 12:55
Managing Air Quality at Local Level: Powers, funding and duties

  • To what extent are local authorities empowered to intervene and improve air quality?
  • Do clean air zones and local authority air quality plans go far enough to tackle the issue?
  • What are the opportunities for air quality considerations in transport planning?
  • How can buses be part of the solution rather than part of the problem for carbon emissions?
  • Following the deadlines for submission of draft plans for clean air zones, are these satisfactory and how many authorities will opt for charging in these zones and are they alternative options for achieving compliance?
  • How can airports work with local authorities to improve the local air quality in their surrounding areas?

12:55 - 13:00
Chair and Policy-UK's Thanks




Richard Bruce Director, Energy, Technology and Innovation, Department for Transport

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Central London

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