Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244

Priorities for reducing emissions across UK transport - innovation, transition, and next steps for the Transport Decarbonisation Plan


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference is bringing together stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the development and implementation of the UK’s first coordinated and cross-modal transport decarbonisation plan, recently published by the Government - as well as priorities and next steps more widely for reducing emissions across the UK transport sector.

Sessions will assess priorities for how the range of transport modes can achieve decarbonisation within an appropriate timescale - with a focus expected on technological innovation, infrastructure requirements, and the use of alternative fuels.

We also expect discussion on what can learned and taken forward for policy and practice from the experience of transport during the COVID-19 crisis, including:

  • the prospects for the modal shift to active travel being encouraged by government carrying through into the future, and how it might be sustained and further developed, and
  • how emissions from public and other forms of transport might be impacted by social distancing rules requiring extra services and encouraging work travel to move more to private transport, and what can done to mitigate adverse effects.

Key areas for discussion:

  • Decarbonising individual transport modes - and how strategies can be coordinated across the whole sector;
  • Innovation - priority areas for achieving emissions reductions, including battery storage, electrification and meeting increased energy demand;
  • Behavioural change - latest thinking on strategies for public and business engagement in helping reduce emissions, and the role of increased public awareness and activism in encouraging change;
  • Infrastructure - supporting the transition to net-zero transport networks for road, rail and maritime, along with adapting to meet future energy demands;
  • Alternative fuels - development and use of biofuels, biogas and hydrogen, and their role in the energy mix going - including production, delivery and implementation challenges; and
  • The future shape of the sector - priorities for supporting the transition and developing a diverse and competitive transport sector as policy seeks to accelerate emissions reduction.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

The agenda:

  • The challenges and opportunities of decarbonising the transport sector and its interlinked systems
  • Priorities for reducing transport emissions - improving efficiency, changing user behaviour, and support for innovation
  • Delivering the infrastructure to support new modes of transport and meeting future electricity demands
  • Promoting the shift to low carbon vehicles - biofuels, hydrogen and the transition from fossil fuels
  • Next steps for the Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, and officials from the Department for TransportDefraMHCLGBEIS; the Committee on Climate Change; the Office for Low Emission Vehicles; the Office of Rail and RoadOfgem; the Cabinet Office; the Department for International Trade; the Health & Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; and the National Audit Office.

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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates