EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2022

Sponsored by
Brightly Software
ioki - a DB company
Marston Holdings


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, South 2022 takes place at Browns Courtrooms, Covent Garden, on Wednesday March 30th. It follows on from EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021 (hosted in London, last June 23rd) and two equally 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 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:

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)


“Innovative Technology for a Greener and Cleaner London” – The global coronavirus pandemic had a very significant impact on travel trends across London, and we saw an increase in journeys walked and cycled. Although it is still early days, recent demand trends indicate we are in a period of steady and sustained recovery, and it is critical that the full capabilities of our networks remain available to continue to support a return to normal and the longer-term viability of the Capital.

Dan Champion – Head of Air Quality, Environment & Technology at TfL – leads the sponsorship of the Mayor of London’s and Transport for London’s investment in air quality, environment and operational technology. Investment in TfL is essential for London’s and the UK’s recovery and, in this opening keynote, Dan will explain why, from seamless journeys to creating more capacity, investment in technology is crucial for making that recovery a green one. His presentation will also touch on some of the innovative schemes – e.g. the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for HGVs, expansion of London’s ULEZ to 18 times the size of the central London zone, EV Charging Infrastructure etc – that his team have already helped deliver to drive down emissions.

- Dan Champion

“Utilising Innovative Transport Solutions to Tackle Southampton’s Air Quality Challenge” – Southampton is the third-most population dense city in England, and like many major cities, continues to experience persistent congestion and poor air quality in certain key areas of the city. While road sources remain the principal source of key pollutants in the city, shipping and other industry also contribute and provide unique challenges to address.

While Southampton has seen improvements in air quality over recent years, the city is set to grow, with 42,000 new homes forecasted between 2016 and 2037 and projection that The Port of Southampton could be handling twice as many cruise ship passengers by 2035.

As such there’s clearly a need to identify and pursue new, innovative opportunities for improving transport to ensure improvements are maintained over coming years.

Southampton City Council is working with other councils and public authorities on the Solent Future Transport Zone programme. This is a £28m DfT funded programme of innovative transport projects, including e-scooters, bike share, sustainable logistics and delivering a Mobility-as-a-Service application for the Solent region, all of which hope to improve transport across the region and reduce the contribution of transport to poor air quality.

This insightful keynote will be co-presented by Southampton City Council’s Sustainable Projects Lead (Air Quality), George O’Ferrall, and Solent Transport’s FTZ Project Manager, Rob Gloyns.

- George O’Ferrall, Rob Gloyns

Opening the Door to Air Quality ‘Safe Havens'” – Nathan Wood is chair of one of the most high profile special interest groups in the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Health & Well-being in Buildings Group evolved out of the Association’s Indoor Air Quality group when members identified a need to reflect the use of building engineering solutions to improve the wider health and well-being of building users.

The removal of most Covid restrictions in the UK has increased calls for clearer practical guidance and the setting of specific indoor air quality (IAQ) contaminant targets to support the health and wellbeing of building occupants. BESA has, therefore, produced a concise guide to good practice: Indoor Air Quality for Health & Well-Being, which is designed to help building owners, managers and engineers interpret IAQ data and turn it into useful strategies for improving the indoor environment.

In this keynote, Nathan will provide an introduction to BESA’s Safe Haven campaign and outline the new BESA guidance which sets out target limits for a range of airborne contaminants in a variety of indoor spaces. It explains how air quality data gathered during specialist surveys or from the wide range of low cost real-time and continuous IAQ monitoring devices, can be interpreted and acted upon.

- Nathan Wood

“Saving 15 Million Tonnes of CO2 through the Introduction of DRT” – 380,000 on-demand vehicles could replace around 12 million private cars in Germany. This would result in a CO2 saving of approximately 15 million tonnes per year – 10 per cent of the total CO2 emissions emitted annually by traffic in Germany.

These exciting findings are the result of the ioki study on “Public Mobility in Germany”, which shows the power that the use of data can have in the analysis of mobility circumstances. The response to this study was overwhelming in Germany, and after being quoted in the national news “Tagesschau”, ioki are pleased to announce that they will be conducting more of these studies for other European countries, including the UK.

In ioki’s session, co-presented/hosted by Alina and Anna, you will learn how mobility analytics consulting services can help you to reach your climate goals through new public mobility offers, what role DRT solutions play in this context and why autonomous transport will be an increasingly important building block in the development of public transport.

- Alina Bahr, Anna Filby

“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.

- Nick Ruxton-Boyle

Air Quality and Highways Operations – How to Track, Analyse, Recommend and Predict the Impact” – Brightly is the global leader in intelligent asset management solutions, enabling organisations to transform the performance of their assets through Enterprise Asset Management, Strategic Asset Management, IoT Remote Monitoring, Sustainability and Community Engagement. Hannah Winstanley – Senior Director, Client Services Centre – is leading Brightly’s full carbon reduction strategy plan.

Aligning to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Hannah’s presentation will provide examples of how a shift in highways and environmental operations can have a positive impact on air quality and GHG reduction. By tracking and measuring the emissions of inspections, reactive and planned works, she will demonstrate how to build a baseline carbon footprint of each asset and roll-up data across asset portfolios. Analysis of the data will provide insight and recommendations for strategies to reduce carbon and predict trends over time.

- Hannah Winstanley


  • 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 am Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
  • 12:40 am - 1:00 pm Keynote Speaker 3
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Close and Lunch Networking

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Supported by
Transport for London (TfL)
Mayor of London
Southampton City Council
Solent Transport
BESA - The Building Engineering Services Association

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