Announcing Keynotes on behalf of TfL and the Mayor of London, Southampton City Council and Solent Transport, and BESA for EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2022


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We’re delighted to confirm our keynote speakers for EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2022, along with their presentation topics:

“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.

“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.

“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.


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 Class, South 2022 takes place in London – at Browns Courtrooms, Covent Garden – on Wednesday 30th March and will give you a fresh take on deploying 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. In addition to our inspirational Keynotes, the event will feature: Rapid fire innovator presentations delivered by leading technology experts and thought leaders, each representing a priority emissions and air quality innovation topic and associated fields of application; Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and specialists to hone delegates’ smart strategies and address some of their specific emissions and air quality challenges; Further networking opportunities with peers and pioneers over breakfast, drinks and cooked lunch, and all at no charge!

Qualifying 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.

Those with relevant credentials can Register here for a free place and join us for what promises to be an insightful half-day of collaboration and knowledge exchange!

Up to 5 innovators/solution vendors can participate at a Smart Class in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity: Check out our Event Sponsorship page for full details on “Smart Class Innovation Sponsorship Packages” or contact us by phone or e-mail if you’d like to discuss this option further. Peruse our Testimonials page (or the individual Smart Class event pages on our website) for feedback from previous delegates, sponsors and supporters!

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EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2022

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.


   London, UK

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