Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

Morning, Tuesday, 28th November 2017

Central London


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 new UK Air Quality Plan for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which advocates local authority led responses to air quality and emissions; new funding streams to help councils implement clean air measures; support for new 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 introduction of new emission tests for diesel cars along with mandatory testing for new diesel and petrol cars in place from 1st September 2017, 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 Government announcing a planned ban on sales of conventional and hybrid cars and vans by 2040. Sessions will allow delegates to examine additional requirements specifically around electric vehicles and the role of subsidies such as the expanded Plug-In Grant and the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. Sessions also consider the technical and regulatory priorities for increasing electrification of the road network, installation and management of new 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

Speaker confirmed from UK Power Networks

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


David Jollie

Market Analysis Manager, Anglo American

Mark Chesworth

Managing Director, Vivergo Fuels

Sylvia Broadley

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

Speaker confirmed from Addison Lee

Alistair Kirkbride

Executive Director, Carplus