Sponsored by
Eunomia Research & Consulting
Hawa Dawa
Vortex IoT


According to Public Health England, “approximately 29,000 deaths per year in the UK could be attributable to man-made particulate matter pollution”. In London alone, nearly 9,500 people die early each year due to long-term exposure to air pollution. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs estimates the annual cost to the UK economy at about £16 billion.

EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how they can deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to improve urban air quality and drive down emissions and air pollution in our cities and regions. Delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers and strategic decision makers from progressive city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils; public and private transport operators/service providers; sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; freight and logistics operators; airports and port operators; vehicle manufacturers; energy providers; potential partners from industry (e.g. retail, construction, manufacturing and waste management sectors) and healthcare; DfT, Defra, BEIS, DHSC and supporting national agencies; prime contractors etc. Core themes range from IoT smart emissions monitoring, hyperlocal air quality monitoring, indoor air quality innovation, air pollution forecasting models based on neural networks, air pollution abatement systems/technologies, and mapping and visualising air quality in real-time, to managing and enforcing clean air and low emission zones, machine learning techniques to analyse weather and emissions data, deploying telematics and geo-fencing technology, EVs and hydrogen buses, Mobility-as-a-Service, innovative ways to clean polluted air, and commercial sector initiatives such as emissions based parking tariffs and anti-pollution bus stops.

Following an extremely well received edition in London back in April, we’ll be hosting EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2H 2019 in Birmingham on November 14th. Delegates will hear from industry movers, shapers and disruptors during initial rapid-fire thought leadership presentations, before moving on to in-depth consultations with experts and peers during the roundtable discussions. In addition, the Smart Class will once again feature up to 3 keynote presentations from major buyer side stakeholders giving real world insight into their collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies. This half day interactive event is free to attend for bona fide delegates satisfying our registration criteria.

Testimonials and feedback from our first half of year EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2019 event:

“Very informative and useful. Format perfect!” – Phase 1 Air Quality Lead, HS2 • “All presentations were interesting as they showed ways to monitor and efficiently mitigate air pollutants. All of the roundtables were valuable too, speakers knew their subjects and responded to our questions well. This was a really interesting event and I found it beneficial as a LA officer and individual” – Scientific Officer, Environmental Health, LB Barnet • “I’m interested in local government interventions and what can be done by councils to drive and coordinate change. A stimulating event which increased my overview of the subject. Thank you” – Councillor, Royal Leamington Spa Town Council • “Excellent event, very well organised, good pace, great range of contributors and well balanced. Has given me a lot of opportunities to follow up!” – Head of New Products, Unipart Rail • “All the roundtables were useful and all of the presentations were interesting too” – Sustainability Officer, LB Camden • “Smart Classes are doing a fantastic job of bringing together experts and those interested in ‘Smart’ solutions. Thanks for yet another great event, I really enjoyed the sessions! Smart Classes offer a great opportunity to stay up to date with the latest technologies and concepts in the infrastructure arena” – Partner, London Climate Change Partnership; Chair, Thames Estuary Partnership; and Founder, Plan for Earth • “An interesting and informative morning. Thank you!” – Air Quality Officer, City of London Corporation • “A really interesting morning” – Director of Policy Development, Confederation of Passenger Transport • “Excellent event today guys. I look forward to working with you again” – Managing Director, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor) • “Great day and, as always, lively debate” – Managing Director, Imperial (Innovation Sponsor)


“The Key to Achieving Long-Term Sustainable Benefits for Transport” – Transportation is responsible for large volumes of carbon and air quality emissions in the UK. Recent strategies to reduce the emissions from the sector have focussed on a mass switch over to low and zero emissions drive train technologies such as bio-diesel, gas and electric. Whilst such solutions directly reduce the emissions of the sector, decarbonisation is not a panacea for the negative externalities of transport sector. As our understanding of the science and engineering relating to carbon and air quality emissions from transportation develops it is becoming apparent that a more holistic approach is required to address the direct and in-direct impacts of the sector. This presentation from Eunomia Research & Consulting will provide: a brief overview of the carbon and air quality issues in transportation affecting local authorities; present two core strategies for mitigating the impacts of transportation-based emissions, providing specific soft and hard solutions that are available to Local Authorities; and, the next steps which are required to move forwards. Their discussions will also focus on: identifying the key issues within local authorities relating transport-based emissions; opportunities, and potential barriers to the implementation of solutions amongst local authorities; identifying the stakeholders who should be included in emissions reducing transportation solutions.

- Dr Gavin Bailey, Ann Ballinger

“Putting Air Quality Data to Work – Opportunities and Challenges of Fine-Grained Spatial and Temporal Air Quality Information” – The notion of air quality data-based decision making in health management, city and traffic planning is nothing new but what is required now, more than ever before, is a clear tie-up of technology with end-user need. IoT-based technologies promise to merge both digital and physical worlds by transcending spatial and temporal barriers. To use these technologies combined with information from satellites and other measurement methods for better understanding urban air quality is self-evident. However, this approach does not come without its limitations: Questions on data reliability, accuracy, rights-of-use and commercial applicability arise. This presentation from Hawa Dawa’s CEO and co-founder will discuss the opportunities and challenges of combining low-cost sensors with earth observations in predicting comprehensive air quality information in urban centres. The focus will then be on demonstrating concrete, clear and practical applications of air quality data in everyday processes. Finally, the talk will present an outlook for future developments in this field and demonstrate ways in which collaboration could shape the future of Environmental IoT (EIOT).

- Karim Tarraf

“The Air that We Breathe: Enabling Hyper-Local Air Quality Monitoring with Emerging Technologies” – Government and local authorities globally are coming under increasing legislative pressure to better monitor air quality, and to deploy and actively manage ‘clean air zones’ across our cities. By 2050 a huge populations shift will have resulted in 70% of the world’s populations living in urban areas. This seismic shift is driving Smart City initiatives globally. 44% of UK councils currently do not have fit-for-purpose air and pollution monitoring capabilities (The Independent, 2017). With a more stringent government Air Quality Plan about to come into force, councils face significant fines if they are not compliant. Welsh tech company Vortex IoT will deliver a thought-provoking view of the importance of the ‘Air that We Breathe’, and explain how emerging technologies and innovation will contribute to our ever-changing societal needs and how developing a new Hyper-Local Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) solution can provide revenue-generating opportunities for local authorities and play a key role in the creation of new urban business models that are essential as the shape of our towns and cities changes over time.

- Adrian Sutton, Dr Behzad Heravi

“Innovation in Construction – Building by example” – In delivering the HS2 Air Quality Strategy commitments to avoid and minimise impacts from construction on local Air Quality, HS2 has set strict emission requirements for both on- and off-road vehicles and plant. HS2 aims to raise the bar on vehicle emission standards and leave a legacy for future projects, by becoming industry leaders in setting vehicle emissions standards and extending them across the country. They are determined to use the project’s scale and duration to help cut the release of harmful combustion engine emissions by stipulating contractors building Britain’s new high speed rail network use the cleanest vehicles and machinery available. This keynote presentation – to be co-delivered by HS2’s Phase 1 Air Quality Lead, Andrea, and Air Quality Manager, Neil – will touch on the key commitments HS2 has made from an Air Quality perspective, highlighting some of the key challenges to date and overviewing some of the major innovations HS2 has deployed.

- Andrea Davidson, Neil Wait

Keynote from Coventry City Council’s Head of Transport and Innovation – Presentation title and summary description to follow shortly.

- John Seddon

Further presentation titles/descriptions to follow.



  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and Networking
  • 9:00 am - 9:20 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
  • 9:20 am - 10:20 am Expert Presentations
  • 10:20 am - 10:35 am Keynote Speaker 2
  • 10:35 am - 12:15 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
  • 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Keynote Speaker 3
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Close, Networking and Buffet Lunch

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Coventry City Council
High Speed Two (HS2)

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