Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for low carbon road transport: innovation, EVs and transition strategies

Morning, Tuesday, 28th November 2017

Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ


This timely conference focuses on next steps for decarbonising road transport in the UK, assessing commercial prospects and policy options - and the way forward for innovation in all-electric vehicles, hybrids and alternative fuels.

Discussing both private and public transport, it follows the release of a UK Air Quality Plan 2017 for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which advocates local authority led responses to air quality and emissions; funding streams to help councils implement clean air measures; support for low-emission and retrofitted buses and changes to the tax treatment of diesel vehicles.

With car companies announcing vehicle scrappage schemes and the recent government announcement on tough emission tests for diesel cars along with mandatory testing for new diesel and petrol cars in place from September, delegates will consider policy options for lowering emissions. This includes the development of Clean Air Zones, adapting driver behaviours, initiatives to increase the uptake of alternative fuels and encouraging the transition of fleet vehicles.

The seminar also takes place in the context of the National Infrastructure Commission’s recently launched consultation, which will consider opportunities for decarbonising road transport; the Clean Growth Strategy, which outlined new policies to promote low-carbon road transport; and the parliamentary inquiry on developing the electric vehicle market and associated infrastructure.

Further sessions will examine the role of subsidies such as the expanded Plug-In Grant and the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. With Government also announcing a planned ban on sales of conventional and hybrid cars and vans by 2040, delegates will consider the technical and regulatory priorities for increasing electrification of the road network, installation and management of charging infrastructure, and challenges for the electricity grid for increasing demand in homes and in public places.

Guest of Honour

Richard Bruce

Director, Energy, Technology and Innovation, Department for Transport

Guest of Honour

Richard Bruce

Director, Energy, Technology and Innovation, Department for Transport

Keynote Speakers

Karl Anders

National EV Manager, Nissan GB

Ian Constance

Chief Executive, Advanced Propulsion Centre

Ian Cameron

Head of Innovation, UK Power Networks

Philippa Oldham

Head of Transport and Manufacturing, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Matthew Croucher

Environmental Manager - Climate Change and Business Energy, SMMT

Caroline Coates

Head of Automotive and Insurance Sectors and Executive Partner (Birmingham), DWF

David Martell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chargemaster


Iain Stewart MP

Member, House of Commons Transport Select Committee

Anna McMorrin MP

Member, Environmental Audit Select Committee


David Jollie

Market Analysis Manager, Anglo American

Clare Wenner

Independent Consultant and former Head of Renewable Transport Fuels, Renewable Energy Association

Sylvia Broadley

Green Fleet Change Manager, Growth and Transportation, Birmingham City Council

Speaker confirmed from Addison Lee

Alistair Kirkbride

Executive Director, Carplus

Dr Rebecca Driver

Director, Analytically Driven