Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

UK aviation - sustainability, sector development and delivering the Aviation 2050 white paper

Morning, Thursday, 30th January 2020

Central London


This conference focuses on the next steps for UK Aviation - with discussion expected on supporting growth in the sector, addressing environmental concerns and enhancing passenger experience.

Taking place following the Aviation 2050 green paper - and with a final white paper version of the aviation strategy due be published later in 2019 - this conference will provide an opportunity to assess the future for the sector including:

  • tackling challenges for sustainable growth;
  • priorities for supporting regional development and connectivity; and
  • opportunities across the industry presented by innovative technologies.

Enhancing passenger experience, meeting capacity challenges and boosting economic growth

Following the Government’s preference for a third runway at Heathrow as announced in the Airports National Policy Statement, and as Heathrow launches its Airport Expansion Consultation on its masterplan, delegates will assess the challenges for its delivery including:

  • what it means for capacity need;
  • the impact of the political climate; and
  • how best to improve surface transport access and passenger experience.

Attendees will also discuss the future role of regional airports in providing extra capacity and supporting economic growth - with discussion expected around utilising spare capacity, developing new routes and engaging with local businesses.

Addressing environmental concerns, and developing new technologies

The discussion takes place with the UK Government committing to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, and following a recent consultation on the future of UK carbon pricing.

Delegates will assess how the UK aviation sector can deliver sustainable growth while meeting its environmental commitments going forward and the role of new technologies and practices in reducing emissions - including innovation in surface transport, low emission aircraft, automation and digitalisation to improve efficiency

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Transport

Fiona Carleton

Director, Expansion Strategy and Future Operations, Heathrow Airport

Keynote Speakers

Fiona Carleton

Director, Expansion Strategy and Future Operations, Heathrow Airport

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Transport


Luke Pollard MP

Shadow Minister, Fisheries, Flooding and Water and Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation


Kim Dietzel

Partner, Competition, Regulation and Trade Group, Herbert Smith Freehills

Cait Hewitt

Director, Aviation Environment Federation

Councillor Ian Harvey

Leader, Spelthorne Borough Council

Baroness Tonge

Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heathrow Expansion

Bryony Martin

Aviation Lead, Buildings and Places, UK&I, AECOM

John Irving

Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Alan Newby

Director, Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes, Rolls Royce

Clive Memmott

Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Rupert Walker

Strategy and Planning Director, South, Network Rail

Simon McNamara

Area Manager, United Kingdom & Ireland, International Air Transport Association

Senior speaker confirmed from NATS