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Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Air quality in the UK: reducing transport emissions, the Clean Air Strategy, and the role of local government

When: Tuesday, 21 May 2019
9:00 - 13:00
Where: Central London
United Kingdom

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Sessions focus on the implementation of and response to the Clean Air Strategy, priorities for reducing transport emissions - including those from roads and aviation - and the impact of local initiatives.


The Clean Air Strategy - guidance, data and monitoring, and protecting vulnerable groups

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.

Discussion is expected 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.


Priorities for reducing transport emissions

With a raft of government policies and projects aiming to support decarbonisation, attendees will consider what more can be done to reduce emissions across aviation and airports, road networks, and ports and shipping - as well as how the issues are being addressed at a local level.

Discussion follows the publication of the National Air Pollution Control Programme, and the measures in place for improving UK air quality and meeting abatement targets - including the delivery of devolved air quality strategies, fiscal support for low-carbon fuels and electric vehicles, and addressing challenges for different transport types.

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, in light of an extra £25 million for the Clean Bus Technology Fund, as well as sector preparations for ending 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, discussion is expected 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.


Support for local authorities and local action

Attendees will also consider key issues for local authorities, including the impact of Clean Air Zones, how charging zones will be designed and evaluated, and how innovative projects for improving air quality can be supported on a local level, following £3m recently awarded by the Air Quality Grant.

Following the review of interventions for reducing outdoor air pollution published by Public Health England, it is expected 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.  

The agenda has been structured following consultation with officials at the DfT. The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum. Follow @WEETFEvents for live updates.


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