Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for zero emission vehicles in the UK - charging infrastructure, market dynamics, government policy, incentives and competitiveness, supply chains, and innovation in batteries, hydrogen and HGVs

March 2023

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

This in-person conference focused on key issues affecting the future of zero emission vehicles in the UK.

It brought key policymakers together with stakeholders to discuss next steps for growing the UK charging infrastructure - as well as priorities for driving rollout in the UK, latest developments in battery technology, including hydrogen, and the impact of high energy costs.

The conference was also an opportunity to discuss the recently published Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Plan, along with future direction of government policy, and the incentives and support being offered for the ZEV market, with net zero reaffirmed as a key priority.

Delegates examined issues relating to Taking Charge: the UK electric vehicle infrastructure strategy and progress on Decarbonising Transport, as well as wider developments such as the Critical Minerals Strategy and the Hydrogen Sector Development Action Plan being implemented in the drive for UK green energy and supply chain self-reliance.

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Caroline Low, Director of Transport Decarbonisation, Department for Transport; Maria Bengtsson, Partner, UK&I Electric Vehicle Lead, Ernst and Young; Philip Meikle, Transport Strategy Director, Transport North East; and Claire Miller, Director of Tech & Innovation, Octopus EV.

Sessions in the agenda included:

  • ZEVs in the UK: market dynamics and developments - key opportunities and challenges - prospects for meeting policy targets for transition - support for growth in EV uptake
  • charging: infrastructure and planning - accessibility and tackling regional disparities - local government initiatives - efficiency and costs - competition - investment - impact on the grid
  • EV car and freight rollout: costs, incentives and taxation - providing certainty and support for consumers and businesses - overcoming barriers to production - prospects for hydrogen power
  • battery technology: progress on development and sustainability - tackling supply chain issues and cost barriers - sector confidence - support for investment, research and innovation
  • policy: the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy - impact on levelling up, tourism and wider policy aims - integration of ZEVs into the design of future transport and smart transport systems

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from Cabinet Office; CCS; CMA; DBT; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; Department of Finance, NI; DESNZ; DfT;  DIT; DLUHC; DVSA; HSE; MCA; MoD; OBR; Office for Investment; Office for Product Safety and Standards; Office for Zero Emission Vehicles; The Planning Inspectorate; Transport Scotland; UK Space Agency; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda