EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 2022

Sponsored by
Marston Holdings
Slingshot Simulations
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.

Qualifying delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, environmental managers 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 takes place at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, on Friday June 17th. It follows on from EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2022 (hosted at Browns Courtrooms, Covent Garden, on March 30th); EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021 (hosted last June at The Barn, Greencoat Place Meeting and Conference Centre); and two equally well acclaimed 2019 Emissions & AQ 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 in-person 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:

Adur District Council • Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) • Amey Consulting • Arcadis • Arriva UK • Arup • Aylesbury Vale Borough Council • Bath City Council • BCP Council • BEAMA • Bedford Borough Council • BEIS • BESA • Birmingham City Council • Black Country LEP • Bolton Council • British Standards Institute (BSI) • Buckinghamshire Council • Cambridgeshire County Council • Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority • Canterbury City Council • Cenex • Cheshire West and Chester Council • City of Edinburgh Council • City of London Corporation • The Climate Reality Project • CLS Energy • Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) • Connected Places Catapult • Coventry City Council • COWI • CrossCountry Trains • Cross River Partnership • Croydon Council • Cummins • Cundall • Dacorum Borough Council • Dartford Borough Council • Derbyshire County Council • Eastleigh Borough Council • East Sussex County Council • Enfield Council • Environment Agency • Essex County Council • FCC Environment • Freight Transport Association (FTA) • GHD • Gloucestershire County Council • Greater Cambridgeshire Planning • Greater London Authority (GLA) • Royal Borough of Greenwich • Hammersmith & Fulham Council • Hackney Council • Harrow Council • Hertfordshire County Council • Highways England • High Speed Two (HS2) • Imperial College London • Integrated Transport Planning • Ipswich Borough Council • Jacobs • Jaguar Land Rover • Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea • Kent County Council • Kingston Council • Royal Leamington Spa Town Council • Leicester City Council • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) • Living Streets • London Borough of Barnet • London Borough of Camden • London Borough of Havering • 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 • Mott MacDonald • National Express • National Grid • National Highways • Natural Resources Wales • Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council • Oxfordshire County Council • Plan for Earth • Portsmouth City Council • Project Beyond Consortium • Public Health England (PHE) • Reading Borough Council • Ricardo Energy & Environment • Ringway Jacobs • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) • Slough Borough Council • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) • Solent Transport • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council • Southampton City Council • Southwark Council • Staffordshire County Council • Stantec • Stoke-on-Trent City Council • Surrey County Council • Sustrans • Thames Estuary Partnership • 31tenconsulting • Thurrock Council • Transport Focus • Transport for London (TfL) • Transport for the South East (TfSE) • Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) • Trees and Design Action Group • UK100 • UK Government • Unipart Rail • University of Birmingham • University of Cambridge/CCHPR • University of Exeter • University of Greenwich • University of the West of England • University of Warwickshire • Vale of Glamorgan Council • Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council • Warwick District Council • Warwickshire County Council • Waterman Aspen • Watford Borough Council • Westminster City Council • West Sussex County Council • Witteveen+Bos • WM-Air Project • Wood • Worcestershire County Council • WSP etc.

Previous presentations include:

“London’s green recovery – Getting back on the road to 2030” • “Air quality and highways operations – How to track, analyse, recommend and predict the impact” • “Utilising innovative transport solutions to tackle Southampton’s air quality challenge” • “Saving 15 million tonnes of CO2 through the introduction of DRT” • “Opening the door to air quality ‘Safe havens'” • “Data led air quality improvement and transport decarbonisation” • “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:

“I felt slightly apprehensive going into London to attend my first in-person event for a long time. However, the experience could not have been better – inspiring, friendly speakers and delegates that made me want to get out and attend more events like this. I have returned to work with new energy and belief, with my passion for the area that I work in topped-up. The presentations ran smoothly and cohesively, and I learnt from every one of the roundtables. Thank you for the invite. I will be sure to attend future events and have encouraged colleagues to do so too” – Sustainable Mobility Officer, Hertfordshire County Council • “Just wanted to say thanks again for today. I really enjoyed the session and found the topics so interesting and useful. Hope to see you again soon” – Head of Air Quality, Environment & Technology, Transport for London • “A really engaging and enjoyable event with fantastic opportunity for roundtable discussion and networking” – Sustainable Transport Planner, London Borough of Hackney • “Interesting to hear about innovative solutions in London, and very informative and insightful to hear about DRT and integrating transport systems” – Public Health Project Officer, London Borough of Havering • “Really interesting presentations and case study examples. Roundtables were all so good!” – Clean Tech Project Manager, Westminster City Council • “Great event, thanks!” – Head of Desk Air Quality and Surface Transport – Government Relations, Transport for London • “It was a super event and a good opportunity for me and my team to present our new primary schools air quality website…once it’s being well used by schools we’ll have some good data and evaluation for behaviour change” – Principal Policy Officer – Climate & Environment, Canterbury City Council • “Really enjoyed this event and loved the opportunity to share Solent Transport’s progress on the Future Transport Zone” – Future Transport Zone Manager (Southampton City Council), Solent Transport  • “I really enjoyed the event and thank you for the opportunity” – Sustainable Projects Lead (Air Quality Programme Lead) – Green City and Infrastructure, Southampton City Council • “It was a redefining moment for me. All of the sessions were valuable. Thanks for the invite and look forward to being part of the next Smart Class” – Transport Planner, West Sussex County Council • “Excellent organisation and brilliant speakers” – Senior Environmental Specialist, National Highways • “Something good in all of the presentations, all the roundtables had their highlights and speaking to German colleagues was fun and informative” – Lead Sponsor – Regional Programmes, Transport for London • “I enjoyed the Emissions & Air Quality Smart Class…a very good event format” – Managing Director, Thames Gateway Tramlink • “Absolutely brilliant event, really enjoyed the session” – Sector Lead – Smart (ER) Mobility, Stantec • “All of the presentations and roundtables were informative. How monitoring technology can make a difference to behavioural change was most valuable and demonstrating behavioural change impacts to pollutant reduction of particular interest” – Principal Air Quality Consultant, Cundall • “Fantastic event, very interesting presentations! Thank you for the opportunity” – Health & Wellbeing in Buildings Chairman, Building Engineering Services Association • “A great event! Thanks for putting on such a wide range of speakers for us” – Transport Consultant, Integrated Transport Planning • “It was a great event. I enjoyed a lot, learnt new things that I could apply to my role and hope to see you in the future” – Senior Transport Engineer, Dartford Borough Council/Area Manager (South East) – Highways and Transportation, Waterman Aspen • “Thank you for inviting us. We enjoyed the session and learnt a lot” – Research Associate, University of Cambridge – Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research • “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) • “Delighted to take part” – Brightly Software (Innovation Sponsor) • “Great event today, thank you” – Commercial Director, Vortex IoT,  part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thank you for bringing us all together today…and thanks to everyone for all the interesting insights. It really was a great event!” – International Business Development Manager, ioki – a DB company (Innovation Sponsor) • “It was a pleasure to meet you last week at our first Smart Class. We really enjoyed it and had some great discussions during the roundtable format” – International Sales & Business Development Manager, ioki – a DB company (Innovation Sponsor)


“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 planning to reduce the carbon impact of transport in the city as they work to meet their 2030 targets.

- Andrew Hickford

“Innovation in Construction – Eliminating Diesel” – 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 and leave a legacy for future projects, by becoming industry leaders in decarbonising construction.

In their Net Zero Carbon Plan, published earlier this year, HS2 set ambitions to achieve net zero from 2035, which includes reducing carbon from concrete and steel, as well as eliminating diesel from construction. HS2 is determined to use the project’s scope and scale to cut the release of harmful emissions by stipulating contractors building Britain’s new high speed rail network use the cleanest technologies available.

In this keynote presentation, HS2’s Head of Environmental Sciences, Neil Wait, will touch on the significant commitments HS2 has made, highlight the main challenges to date, and provide an overview of collaboration with other major players within construction through the Construction Leadership Council’s ConstructZero and some of the pivotal innovations HS2 has deployed in overcoming these challenges.

- Neil Wait

“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

“Data Led Air Quality Improvement and Transport Decarbonisation” – Alongside cleaning the air, transport decarbonisation is driving more and more public sector investment decisions, with new and innovative digital solutions being sought. This is in conjunction with maintained legacy concerns such as congestion, safety and equality.

In this presentation, Nick Ruxton-Boyle – Director of Environment at Marston Holdings – explains how use of smart city technology and digitised enforcement can generate a platform in which public support can be gained and maintained through good data collection and visualisation.

With reference to real world public sector case studies, Nick will demonstrate how the use of data, before, during and after scheme delivery can justify preferred options, validate outcomes, ensure compliance, and maximise return on scheme investment.

Vortex IoT’s Commercial Director, John Vinson, will be joining Nick for the subsequent roundtable discussions to contribute his expertise around hyper local air quality monitoring and management.

- Nick Ruxton-Boyle

“Sustainable Digital Twins and Future Air Quality Scenarios” – Digital Twins are becoming ubiquitous across all industries, spanning a multitude of use cases, for example smart cities and the development of decarbonisation strategies through active mobility and sustainable transport planning. Underpinning the growth in the use of digital twins is the exponential growth in the amount of data being generated – an unimaginably large number that is expected to at least triple between now and 2030.

This is a double edge sword. On one side, the vast majority of the collected data remains dark – disconnected, unused and not creating value. This results in not only a massive opportunity cost but also contributes millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions each year just to store. On the other side, by linking, discovering and contextualising these dark data sets it is possible to not only eliminate portions of this dark data and associated emissions, but also create new use cases that make a positive impact on the environment at a much faster pace.

In this presentation from Slingshot Simulations, a new approach to automated data linking will be shared along with application use cases related to decarbonised urban mobility strategic planning.

- Alex Trout, Robert Harwood

“Would you like a Glass of Dirty Water?” – There’s increased risk to health from poor indoor air quality, but now the tech is here to help.

Peter Murphy, CEO, ZiggyTec, will present on the increasing risk around poor indoor air quality, how it impacts building occupants’ health and wellbeing, and how technology today can provide simple, cost-effective solutions to benefit all concerned.

He’ll take delegates through the top five factors behind poor indoor air quality, and demonstrate how data solutions can help organisations reduce their harmful effects, thereby protecting building occupants’ health.

And he’ll explain the reasons why indoor air quality is fast rising up the agenda in boardrooms, given its link to ESG, sustainability certification and wellbeing.

- Peter Murphy


  • 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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Supported by
High Speed Two (HS2)
Leeds City Council
University of Leeds
Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University

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