Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for Low Emission Vehicles - infrastructure, scaling up and the developing policy agenda

Morning, Wednesday, 16th December 2020

This conference is bringing together key stakeholders with policymakers to discuss key developments and next steps for low emission vehicles in the UK.

Areas for discussion include:

  • the transport decarbonisation policy agenda - including the advanced deadline banning sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, and the major Green Industrial Revolution announcement
  • scaling up EV production and tackling commercial barriers
  • preparing the energy and regulatory system for wide-scale LEV use
  • investment, developing infrastructure and smart transport systems, and integrating evolving LEV technologies
  • prospects for UK leadership in LEV design and manufacturing

The conference is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from DfT; the ORR; the Infrastructure and Projects Authority; BEIS; the Crown Commercial Service; DCMS; Defra; DIT; the Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; the Geospatial Commission; the HSE; HMRC; the NAO; the ONS; The Scottish Government; the Wales Office; Transport for Wales; and the Welsh Government.

Key developments affecting the discussion:

  • Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution - a Government blueprint for innovation-led decarbonisation, with measures outlined for scaling up electric vehicle rollout including:
    • banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, and requiring all new vehicles be zero emissions at the tailpipe by 2035
    • Supporting the manufacturing base for EV production including in key industrial regions like the Midlands and North East, with an additional £500m announced for mass-scale production of EV batteries
    • A further £1.3bn allocated for charging infrastructure expansion, targeting rollout across homes, streets and motorways to improve reliability
  • Creating a plan to decarbonise transport: call for ideas - DfT working on its strategy for publication later this year, following the Road to Zero Strategy
  • Green number plates get the green light for a zero-emission future - the Government’s go-ahead for introduction, alongside investment for zero-emission vehicle research
  • A New Deal for Britain - scaling up of EV battery and component production, charging infrastructure, attracting investment and relevant R&D projects included in the PM’s New Deal initiative - tying in also with the Ten Point Plan
  • the forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy - with development of major projects across transport, energy, utilities, and electricity networks
  • Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Action Plan - following the Government’s Electric vehicle smart charging consultation, which looks at:
    • steps for reducing network costs for EV connection and establishing new market incentives
    • how best to achieve smart charging to reduce grid demands and operation costs
  • Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme - the Government’s ongoing scheme for new LEVs and home charging aimed at further developing EV suitability for consumers and households
  • try before you buy - the Highways England investing electric vehicle scheme, to encourage businesses to switch their vehicle fleets away from diesel
  • The Future Leaders Fellowships scheme - £109m fund for blue sky innovations, including for electric vehicles

The discussion in detail:

  • commercial development - priorities for policy on LEVs in the UK and engagement with key stakeholders:
    • incentives - facilitating the transition to cleaner forms of transport and meeting the target of net-zero emissions by 2050:
      • collaboration - working alongside local governments and across the public sector more widely on decarbonisation strategies
      • infrastructure - scaling up capabilities for EV integration
      • the net-zero agenda - and latest thinking on the Government’s goal of ending the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, and non-zero emission vans and vehicles by 2035
    • scaling up production - building the domestic manufacturing base for UK LEVs:
      • investment - public and private support for regional production bases and maintaining activity and job creation at key industrial sites
      • productivity - increasing industry competitiveness and growing domestic supply chains
    • commercial issues - tackling barriers for the rollout and adoption of electric vehicles:
      • costs - routes to their reduction for vehicles and their associated technology, and the scope for future grant support schemes
      • business models - latest innovative approaches to renting, leasing and ownership
    • regulation - evolving the electricity system framework to reduce barriers for EVs, including rollout costs and industry and consumer incentives for wider adoption 
  • physical infrastructure:
    • rapid-charging networks - rollout, reliability, developing the charging market across the UK, including strategies for:
      • government support - applying the £500m earmarked for EV charging
      • planning - priorities for rural, suburban and city region charge point rollout, and latest policy ambitions for street, household and motorway preparedness
      • targets - how the Government’s goal of six thousand charge points for England by 2035 can be achieved
    • HGVs - commercialising batteries for heavy goods vehicles and developing network capabilities for grid use
      • Technology and infrastructure - increasing battery efficiency and readying voltage levels across power networks
      • tailoring the product - preparing to meet the needs of key sectors including trucking and construction
    • infrastructure - modernising electricity networks for large-scale EV use and charging:
      • smart grid development - increasing flexibility and utilising connected batteries for reserve capacity
      • network decarbonisation - management and the way forward for accelerating the integration of EVs, renewable energy, and energy storage 
  • smart, decarbonised urban environments - optimisation of LEVs for cities, and creating smart, decarbonised and integrated transport networks in urban environments, looking at:
    • local government collaboration - including clean air strategies, latest thinking on clean air zones, sanctions for polluting vehicles, and utilising smart EVs to reduce city-wide congestion
    • residential street charging - and the way forward for integration of EV units and providing real-time data and information, and increasing convenience for users
    • consumer incentives - the way forward for government support for home charging, tailored EV tariffs from energy suppliers, and further innovation in developing EV consumer appeal

The agenda:

  • Developing smart transport systems and integrating LEV technologies as they evolve
  • Scaling up and tackling commercial barriers
    • Innovation across LEV manufacturing and developing products that appeal to consumers
    • Expanding the UK production base and developing domestic supply chains
  • Decarbonising transport and putting the UK at the forefront of LEV design and manufacturing - finance, uptake and innovating vehicle use models
  • Developing the physical infrastructure for EV integration and use across the road network
  • Electrifying freight and other larger vehicles - battery technology, network compatibility, and expanding industry adoption
  • Network integration and grid flexibility, operational costs and grid-connected EV batteries
  • Preparing the energy and regulatory system for wide-scale LEV use - smart city development, market tariffs, and expanding charging options
  • Next steps for policy to accelerate LEV rollout and for the UK’s leadership in transport decarbonisation

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament, and officials from the Department for Transport; the Office of Rail and Road; the Infrastructure and Projects Authority; BEIS; the Crown Commercial Service; DCMS; Defra; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; the Geospatial Commission; the Health & Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; the National Audit Office; the Office for National Statistics; The Scottish Government; the Wales Office; Transport for Wales; and the Welsh Government.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy,  as well as from car manufacturers and support services, other businesses involved in electric vehicles and those from related fields such as infrastructure and systems operation, environmental organisations and community groups, finance, local government, academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Neil Fulton

Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

David Thackray

Sales and Marketing Director, Tevva Motors

Anda Baumerte

Sustainability Manager, Northern Powergrid

Sarah Lane

Investment Manager, Infrastructure, Zouk Capital

Natasha Robinson

Joint Head, Office of Low Emission Vehicles, Department for Transport


Gavin Newlands MP

SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Transport

Lord Redesdale

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Intelligent Energy


Chris Pateman-Jones

Chief Executive Officer, Connected Kerb

Joseph Cosier

Policy Manager, Energy UK

Maggie Bosanquet

Low Carbon Economy Team Leader, Durham County Council

Trevor Hutchings

Director of Strategy and Communications, Gemserv

Michelle Gardner

Environmental Manager - Policy and Climate Change, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Jon Hunt

Manager, Alternative Fuels, Toyota

Thalia Skoufa

Transport Practice Manager, Energy Systems Catapult

Nick Molden

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Emissions Analytics

Toby Poston

Director, Corporate Affairs, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association

Vincent de Rul

Director, EV Solutions, EDF Energy