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, strategic decision makers and planners 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, EA, 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, carbon capture and storage, and commercial sector initiatives such as emissions based parking tariffs and anti-pollution bus stops. We also explore the coronavirus crisis as a catalyst for change, accelerating the use of available solutions and motivating investment in new innovation.
EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 2021 will be hosted in Leeds on Thursday November 11th. It follows on from EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021 (London, June 23rd) plus two highly acclaimed 2019 editions (hosted in London and Birmingham). 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 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.
Previous Emissions & Air Quality Smart Classes have attracted senior delegates from stakeholders such as:
Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) • Amey Consulting • Arriva UK • Arup • Bath City Council • BEAMA • BEIS • Birmingham City Council • Black Country LEP • British Standards Institute (BSI) • Cambridgeshire County Council • Cheshire West and Chester Council • City of London Corporation • The Climate Reality Project • Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) • Connected Places Catapult • Coventry City Council • CrossCountry Trains • COWI • Cummins • Cundall • Derbyshire County Council • Eastleigh Borough Council • Essex County Council • FCC Environment • Freight Transport Association (FTA) • Greater London Authority (GLA) • Royal Borough of Greenwich • Hammersmith & Fulham Council • Hertfordshire County Council • Highways England • High Speed Two (HS2) • Kent County Council • Kingston Council • Royal Leamington Spa Town Council • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) • Living Streets • London Borough of Barnet • London Borough of Camden • London Borough of Hackney • London Borough of Hounslow • London Borough of Newham • London Borough of Sutton • London Borough of Waltham Forest • London Climate Change Partnership • London Councils • London Southbank University • Low Carbon Hub • Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (The LowCVP) • Lower Thames Crossing Project • Luton Borough Council • Mersey Travel • Milton Keynes Council • Momentum Transport • National Express • National Grid • Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council • Plan for Earth • Public Health England (PHE) • Reading Borough Council • Ricardo Energy & Environment • Ringway Jacobs • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council • Southwark Council • Staffordshire County Council • Stantec • Stoke-on-Trent City Council • Surrey County Council • Thames Estuary Partnership • Thurrock Council • Transport Focus • Transport for London (TfL) • Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) • UK100 • Unipart Rail • University of Birmingham • University of Exeter • University of the West of England • Vale of Glamorgan Council • Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council • Warwick District Council • Warwickshire County Council • Watford Borough Council • Westminster City Council • WM-Air Project • Worcestershire County Council • WSP etc.
Previous presentations include:
“A national approach to air pollution – Advancing the action plan” • “Air quality best practice in the City of London” • “Technology for good – A new hyperlocal air quality monitoring dimension” • “How to effectively manage and enforce clean air and low emission zones with virtual permits and digital ANPR” • “Innovation in construction – Building by example: Delivering the HS2 air quality strategy commitments to avoid and minimise impacts from construction on local air quality” • “Combining nature and innovation to improve air quality, inside and out” • “WM-Air: Clean air science for the West Midlands” • “The key to achieving long-term sustainable benefits for transport” • “Putting air quality data to work – Opportunities and challenges of fine-grained spatial and temporal air quality information” • “The air that we breathe: Enabling hyper-local air quality monitoring with emerging technologies” • “Breathing life into cities: Combining plants and innovation to process air pollution” • “Connected Coventry – Using technology to tackle air quality” • “Innovation in homes and the pressing air quality challenge” • “Climate change and emissions data driven solutions” • “Making the air healthier to breathe: Clean air for the people” • “Indoor air quality monitoring: Being indoors is a haven from all that pollution – Right?” • “Logistics and air quality – How do we drive further improvement?” • “Healthier and greener city: Westminster” etc.
Testimonials and feedback from our previous Emissions & Air Quality Smart Classes:
“A very good event, relevant to my work and all of the roundtables were valuable in different ways” – Smart Cities Project Manager and Clean Tech City Lead, Westminster City Council • “A thoroughly informative and enjoyable experience – will be recommending to colleagues! Found all presentations and application areas useful. Monitoring networks, lessons learned and high level policy of particular interest” – Principal Air Quality Consultant, Cundall • “Thank you for a very helpful and informative event. The Smart Class was perfect! Lovely number of people, expert presentations highlighted the importance of central support and data collection, and all of the roundtables were equally valuable” – Senior Transport Planning & Infrastructure Officer, Essex County Council • “HS2 presentation a great example of all that was discussed being put into actual practice, very well presented and a relevant interesting topic. The roundtables were informative, questioning the expert speakers further” – Air Quality Officer, City of London Corporation • “Camera enforcement options, green walls and Hammersmith & Fulham comparisons were of particular interest” – Environmental Health Enforcement Officer, LB Waltham Forest • “All of the presentations and roundtables were good. Most valuable to hear how the City of London is addressing Air Quality issues and to understand the hyper-local air quality deployment model” – Strategy and Partnerships Manager, Smart Cambridge Programme, Cambridgeshire County Council • “Many thanks for inviting me to the event which I found really informative” – Senior Environmental Advisor, Highways England • “All of the presentations and roundtables included good, interesting content. The Hammersmith & Fulham case study info was especially valuable. Also had a great chat about green walls!” – Sponsor Manager for Regional Programmes, Transport for London • “Very happy with my first Smart Class, fingers crossed I will be at another one in the next 3-6 months: very impressed! – Principal Transport Planner, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council • “A useful model for delivery – I like the focus on practitioners and sharing experience. All of the presentations were relevant and related to issues I am currently trying to address” – Head of Environment, Eastleigh Borough Council • “All in all an excellent event!” – Environmental Protection Team Leader, Warwick District Council” • “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 • “Lovely people and interesting discussions” – Environment Manager, CrossCountry Trains • “Good to receive information and advice from practitioners and experts in one place. All the presentations and roundtables were very interesting” – Connectivity Strategy Manager, Staffordshire County Council • “A great event to meet key thinkers in your field” – Research Technician Air Quality, University of Birmingham/WM-Air Project • “Good to meet you yesterday. I enjoyed the meeting and made some useful links” – Professor of Atmospheric Science/Head of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham and WM-Air Project Lead • “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 • “Thank you for holding these classes. Very informative, great for networking and all of the roundtables added value” – Functional Excellence Engineer, Cummins • “All of the roundtables were good” – Strategy Director, Bus, National Express • “A really interesting morning” – Director of Policy Development, Confederation of Passenger Transport • “The presentations provided a good learning experience and overview into the activities conducted. Great insights into programmes and good conversations during the roundtables” – National Networks Programme Coordinator, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK • “A great event in London today…Fantastic to be in the room again, seeing people face-to-face and safely!” – Managing Director & Co-founder, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor) • “Excellent event today guys. I look forward to working with you again” – Managing Director & Co-founder, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor) • “Great day and, as always, lively debate” – Managing Director, Imperial (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thank you Smart Classes!” – Chief Operating Officer, Hawa Dawa (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thanks for having me last Thursday, it was an interesting day with lots to learn. I also managed to use some of what I learnt in my presentation on Friday!” – Business Development Director, Scotscape (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thank you – a very helpful event” – Principal Urban Environment Consultant, ANS Global (Innovation Sponsor)
Keynote presentation on behalf of Leeds City Council to be co-delivered by Stephen Blackburn (LCC’s Data and Innovation Manager and – “Smart Leeds” – Smart Cities Programme Lead) and a senior colleague from LCC’s Air Quality Team addressing Climate and Air Quality challenges, Smart City programme context, role of digital innovation and data driven insights in Leeds’ AQ & emissions strategy etc – Presentation title and summary description to follow.
- Stephen Blackburn
Keynote presentation on behalf of the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University to be co-delivered by Thom Cooper (UoL’s Sustainability Manager) and Jim Parker (LBU) addressing the Leeds Living Lab for Air Quality work and ambitions for using new technology; Urban heat islands and green space etc – Presentation title and summary description to follow.
- Thom Cooper
- 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
- 9:00 am - 9:30 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
- 9:30 am - 10:40 am Expert Presentations
- 10:40 am - 11:00 am Keynote Speaker 2
- 11:00 am - 12:40 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
- 12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Keynote Speaker 3
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Close and Lunch Networking