Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Low emission vehicles in the UK: infrastructure, uptake and the ‘Road to Zero Strategy’

Morning, Thursday, 18th July 2019

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


This seminar will bring out latest thinking on policy to reduce transport emissions and next steps for low emission vehicles in the UK.

Delegates will examine the progress of the Road to Zero Strategy and the challenges in achieving the Government’s aim of at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030.

It also takes place in the context of the Prime Minister’s announcement of a legislative amendment that would set a target to reduce greenhouse emissions to net-zero by 2050, including those emitted by transport.

With the plug-in car and van grants planned to end in 2020, delegates will assess next steps that will be needed to incentivise consumers to adopt low emission vehicles and what these incentives may look like after 2020.

They will consider options for addressing regulatory barriers for decarbonising transport such as creating a tax regime that supports decarbonisation of fleets following HM Treasury’s Review of WLTP and Vehicle Taxes, with a government response expected later this year.

Attendees will also assess the opportunities for maximising the contribution of low emission vehicles to reducing emissions and particulate matter in the context of the Clean Air Strategy 2019.

They will examine practical measures for local government in improving air quality, outlined in the review of interventions for reducing outdoor air pollution published by Public Health England - 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. 

We also expect discussion on what can be learnt from the launch of London’s ULEZ as local authorities develop low-carbon transport systems, the impact of Clean Air Zones, and how charging zones will be designed and evaluated.

In light of the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, attendees will also discuss options for developing the charging network, such as proposals for ultra-rapid charging infrastructure at existing motorway services versus home charging.

They will also discuss the prospects for increasing private and public investment in innovative charging technologies, with the Government launching a £40m programme to develop and trial new types of on-street charging technology.

As preparations are made for the continued take up of electric vehicles, delegates will consider the issues surrounding the development of a future-proofed energy grid.

It follows the launch of the Government’s Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, as well as Ofgem’s proposals for re-wiring the energy system to accommodate electric vehicles while seeking to ensure that costs are kept down for consumers.

Attendees will also examine potential solutions for reducing emissions following £25m government investment for new zero emission technologies, as well as potential innovation for larger vehicles and road freight that may be more challenging to electrify, such as the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight, ports and shipping and Hydrogen for Transport schemes.

Keynote Speakers

Neil Fulton

Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Stephanie Edwards

Head, Infrastructure Policy, UK Office, Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Keynote Speakers

Stephanie Edwards

Head, Infrastructure Policy, UK Office, Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Jo Evans

Head of Strategy, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

Neil Fulton

Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult


Ian Cameron

Head of Innovation, UK Power Networks

Rebecca Kite

Environment Policy Manager, Freight Transport Association

Mark Richards

Partner and Co-Leader, Energy, Environment and Infrastructure, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Graeme Cooper

Project Director, Electric Vehicles, National Grid

Clive Southwell

Sales Director, UK & Ireland, Enel X

Matthew Walters

Head, Consultancy and Customer Data Services, UK, Leaseplan

Claire Turner

Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better

Jon Hunt

Manager, Alternative Fuels, Toyota

Rajni Nair

Senior Policy Researcher, Citizens Advice

Peter Feehan

Partner, Pinsent Masons