Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

Morning, Thursday, 18th July 2019

Central London


With transport being the single largest greenhouse gas emitter in the UK, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess the current progress of the ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ and challenges in achieving the Government’s aim of at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030.

Delegates will examine the issues in the context of increased devolution of transport strategy, national infrastructure priorities and the future regulatory environment.

Delegates will consider the issues surrounding the development of a future-proofed energy grid following the launch of the government’s Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to ensure the grid is ready to facilitate the mass take up of electric vehicles, as well as Ofgem’s proposals for re-wiring the energy system to accommodate electric vehicles while ensuring costs are kept down for consumers.

With the Plug-In Car and Van Grants planned to end in 2020, discussion will also look at next steps that will be needed to incentivise consumers to adopt low emission vehicles and what these incentives may look like after 2020, as well as regulatory barriers for decarbonising transport.

This will include discussion on how local authorities can develop low carbon transport systems, and assess the success of Low Emission Zones.

Further discussion is expected on 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.

In light of the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund which is expected to launch in Spring 2019, attendees will also discuss solutions for developing the charging network and increasing investment in innovative charging technologies with the government launching a £40m programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology.

Attendees will also examine potential solutions for reducing emissions from larger vehicles and road freight that may not be harder to electrify, such as biogas.

Keynote Speaker

Neil Fulton

Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Keynote Speakers

Vicky Edmonds

Joint-Head, Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Graeme Cooper

Project Director, Electric Vehicles, National Grid

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

Becki Kite

Environment Policy Manager, Freight Transport Association

Mark Richards

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

Senior speaker confirmed from Nissan GB

Senior speaker confirmed from UK Power Networks

Clive Southwell

Sales Director UK, Enel X

Matthew Walters

Head, Consultancy and Customer Data Services, UK, Leaseplan