Announcing Climate Reality Project, FTA and Westminster City Council Keynotes at EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2019


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We’re delighted to confirm our three keynote speakers, along with their presentation topics, for EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2019 which we’re hosting at Browns Courtrooms in Covent Garden, London, on Wednesday April 17th:

  1. “Climate Change and Emissions Data Driven Solutions” – Introduction to climate change impacts in the UK in key areas with special attention to emissions and air quality related impacts. Trained by former US Vice President and Nobel Prize laureate Al Gore, Climate Reality Project Leader Ines Lopez will also outline in her opening keynote what solutions are being implemented that utilise data and digital innovation to deliver actions to address global warming.
  2. “Logistics and Air Quality – How do we drive further improvement?” – The advent of the Euro VI truck will see logistics’ local emissions fall by 80-90%. But how can we get further improvements in performance in the 2020s, given that the UK requires 2.5 million tonnes of goods delivered into its urban areas every day of the year? In this keynote presentation, the FTA’s Head of UK Policy, Christopher Snelling, will examine the role of future fuels and power sources, alternative methods of delivery, data sharing and consolidation.
  3. “Healthier and Greener City: Westminster” – Air Quality is top of the agenda for Westminster City Council and the Council views tackling air quality with a sense of urgency. Westminster suffers from the worst air pollution in the country and, with 9.9 million drivers in the capital and 370,000,000 miles driven in Westminster each year, road transport contributes to more than half of the most deadly emissions. In this closing keynote, Councillor Tim Mitchell, Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management, explains how Westminster’s approach is to focus on reducing the sources of pollution while helping residents and visitors to take action in reducing their exposure to dirty air. Tim will outline a variety of initiatives to improve air quality that utilise different methods in pollution reduction, including Electric Vehicles, #Don’tBeIdle and the School Clean Air Fund. He’ll also discuss Westminster’s technologically and data driven policies and interventions including their involvement in the monitoring project ‘Breathe London’, trialling of innovative technologies ranging from green infrastructure to retrofitting the council’s waste vehicle fleet, use of data driven evaluation of parking projects and work on eliminating unnecessary vehicle idling.

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. Defra estimates the annual cost to the UK economy at about £16 billion. EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2019 will 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. Having hosted 8 Smart Transport events throughout the UK (not to mention Waste Management and Energy editions) at which Emissions and Air Quality are always key components of discussion, we’re excited to be hosting a national UK edition Smart Class 100% dedicated to meeting the Emissions and AQ challenge with innovation!

Qualifying 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; port operators; vehicle manufacturers; energy providers; potential partners from industry and healthcare; DfT, Defra, BEIS, DHSC and supporting national agencies etc.

Core themes at Emissions & Air Quality Smart Classes range from IoT smart emissions monitoring, hyperlocal air quality monitoring, 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 analysing weather and emissions data, deploying telematics and geo-fencing technology, indoor air quality innovations, EVs and hydrogen buses, Mobility-as-a-Service and commercial sector initiatives such as emissions based parking tariffs and anti-pollution bus stops.

In addition to our inspirational keynotes, EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2019 will feature: Rapid fire innovator presentations from up to 5 leading technology experts, each representing a priority topic/field of digital innovation or application; Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and senior stakeholders to hone delegates air quality and emissions strategies and help address some of their specific challenges; Further networking opportunities with peers and pioneers over breakfast, drinks and hot lunch buffet, all at no charge!

Buyer side stakeholders with relevant credentials can Register here for a free place and join us for what promises to be a truly insightful half-day (8.30am-1.30pm)!

If you’re an innovator, or if your company sources or advises on digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies or best practices that can play a key role in helping our delegates meet their air quality and emissions targets, please ask about the remaining innovation sponsorship opportunities:

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EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how they can deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions and best practices to improve urban air quality and drive down emissions and air pollution in our cities and regions.


   London, UK

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Vortex IoT
Supported by
Westminster City Council
The Climate Reality Project
The Climate Reality Project

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