EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 2022



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 2022 will be hosted in Leeds and is now provisionally scheduled to take place on Friday June 17th (to be rescheduled from January 27th in light of current Omicron infection rates). It follows on from EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021; two equally highly acclaimed 2019 Emissions & AQ editions (hosted in London and Birmingham); and EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2022 (to be hosted in London on March 30th). 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 • Arcadis • Arriva UK • Arup • Bath City Council • BEAMA • Bedford Borough Council • BEIS • Birmingham City Council • Black Country LEP • British Standards Institute (BSI) • Buckinghamshire Council • Cambridgeshire County Council • Cenex • Cheshire West and Chester Council • City of Edinburgh 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) • Ipswich Borough Council • Jacobs • Jaguar Land Rover • 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 • Natural Resources Wales • 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) • Trees and Design Action Group • UK100 • UK Government • Unipart Rail • University of Birmingham • University of Exeter • University of the West of England • University of Warwickshire • Vale of Glamorgan Council • Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council • Warwick District Council • Warwickshire County Council • Watford Borough Council • Westminster City Council • Witteveen+Bos • 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)


“Harnessing Digital Innovation to Improve Air Quality across Greater Manchester” – Air pollution is linked to a range of very serious health conditions and contributes to early deaths. Greater Manchester (GM) is taking action to improve air quality on local roads – now and for future generations. All ten local authorities across Greater Manchester have worked together to develop a joint Clean Air Plan for Greater Manchester. This includes a category C Clean Air Zone, which will be key in ensuring compliance with legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is achieved in the shortest possible time and by 2024 at the latest.

Join Megan Black, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Head of Logistics and Environment, for an overview of the GM Clean Air Plan. This keynote will also give us the opportunity to gain insights into the role innovation, digital technology and data insights have played and continue to play in the development, implementation and monitoring of the GM Clean Air Plan and the Clean Air Zone.

- Megan Black

“The Decarbonisation of Transport and Improving Air Quality in a Growing City” –  Leeds City Council has made a number of commitments related to both Air Quality and decarbonisation. This follows on from the declaration of a Climate Emergency in 2019 and ongoing work to deliver continuing improvements in air quality. As a city, Leeds aims to be Carbon neutral by 2030 and changes in Transport will play a critical role in meeting that target. To this end, Leeds is working on its own fleet, how the city moves goods and people, and how people live.

“Leeds has ambitious targets to change the way we travel, with modal shift targets designed to transform the city into being a place where you don’t need a car”, says Andrew Hickford, Project Manager for Leeds City Council’s Sustainable Energy & Air Quality Service, which has responsibility for the Leeds Climate Emergency action programme. “We also have targets for our own fleet: by 2025 we will no longer purchase any conventional engine vehicles and by 2030 the fleet will be zero emission or ULEV. We are also adopting the tougher WHO targets for air quality having already delivered compliance with UK and EU legislative targets for NOx”.

In this keynote, Andy will overview the work that has been delivered to date and look forward to the changes that LCC are are planning to reduce the carbon impact of transport in the city as they work to meet their 2030 targets.

- Andrew Hickford

“Living Labs: Learning from our Urban Environment” – The University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University use a living lab approach to research and understand air quality in the city of Leeds.

The Leeds Living Lab drives the University of Leeds commitment to embed sustainability through knowledge, engagement, collaboration, and innovation: “By bringing together students, staff and city partners, we research and test sustainable solutions to global issues using the University and our communities as a testbed”. In complementary research, the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett have worked with Leeds City Council to deploy a network of sensors across the city region to monitor the urban environment.

The Living Lab for Air Quality began in November 2017, with the aim of building knowledge of air quality and pollution on campus to shape action that drives improvements to the environment and to the health of UoL’s students, staff, and community. Studies have included particulates on campus, indoor vs outdoor air quality relationships and commuter exposure. In addition to similar studies on air quality, the LSI at Leeds Beckett have also been monitoring the Leeds urban heat island and quantifying the impact of green space on urban heat.

Outputs from the Living Lab have been used to inform decision making and policy, including Leeds’ Landscape Strategy and Travel Plan, helping to reduce emissions from vehicles and limit exposure to poor air quality.

This keynote presentation will look at the benefits of the living lab approach, share learning and examples of work to date and consider the opportunities for expanding and replicating the model along with future work in the city.

- Thom Cooper, Dr Jim Parker


  • 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

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
Leeds City Council
University of Leeds
Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University

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