Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for addressing air quality in the UK: the Clean Air Strategy, decarbonising transport, and the role of local government

Morning, Tuesday, 21st May 2019

Central London


This conference will discuss next steps for improving air quality in the UK, with sessions focusing on the implementation of and response to the Clean Air Strategy, reducing transport emissions and the impact of local initiatives.

The seminar follows the publication of the Clean Air Strategy  - which outlines government priorities for reducing public exposure to particulate matter across all sources of air pollution - including transport, homes, industry and farming.

Delegates will consider the scope of the Strategy, and issues around setting guidance for industry and local stakeholders.

We also expect discussion on protecting young people and vulnerable groups, as part of setting the priorities for improving air quality and reducing long term exposure to emissions.

Further sessions will examine data collection, sharing and utilisation - including how progress will be monitored and measured - and how the strategy might further develop.

With a raft of government policies and projects aiming to support decarbonisation, attendees will discuss what more can be done to reduce emissions across the transport sector, including the role of low-carbon fuels and electric vehicles.

The agenda includes sessions on developments across road networks, aviation and airports, and ports and shipping - as well as how the issues are being addressed at a devolved and local level.

It will also bring out latest thinking on what more can be done to support research, and the development of innovative technology across the transport sector, to reduce emissions as it prepares for plans to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.

In light of the Offsetting Transport Emissions call for evidence announced in the Spring Statement, we also expect discussion on travel providers and whether carbon offsetting options should be available to customers, and how this might improve consumer understanding of emissions and the journeys they take.

Further sessions assess what more needs to be done in air pollution hotspots to improve public transport links and facilitate low-carbon surface access transport.

Attendees will also consider key issues for local authorities, including the impact of Clean Air Zones and how charging zones will be designed and evaluated.

Following the review of interventions for reducing outdoor air pollution published by Public Health England, we expect that delegates will examine practical measures for local government in improving air quality - including the use of spatial planning to reduce transport network congestion, implementing vehicle-free environments, and supporting the development of active travel infrastructure and encourage behavioural change.  

Keynote Speaker

Dr Bob Moran

Deputy Director, Head of Environment Strategy, Department for Transport


Asher Bennett

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Tevva Motors

Dr Michelle Carter

Interim Head of Transport, Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK

Councillor Aidan Van de Weyer

Deputy Leader & Lead Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning & Transport, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Mark Simmonds

Head of Policy and External Affairs, British Ports Association

Nick Molden

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Emissions Analytics

Councillor Waseem Zaffar

Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Birmingham City Council

Dr Hazel Peace

Division Director, Air Quality, Jacobs