Confirming City of London, HS2 and UK100 Keynotes for EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021


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We’re thrilled to announce our EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021 keynote speakers, along with their presentation topics:

  • “A National Approach to Air Pollution – Advancing the Action Plan” – The UK Government and local authorities are coming under increasing pressure to take ambitious urgent action to reduce air pollution, cited by local leaders and Public Health England as a “public health emergency”. As populations continue to grow in city regions, and these city regions continue to face challenges of pollution from road traffic and the burning of wet wood, improving air quality will mean more people, especially children, live healthier lives. UK100, a network of 96 local authorities committed to taking ambitious action to secure clean energy and clean air, has been at the forefront of co-ordinated action to advocate for a national approach to tackle air pollution. Following two national and one international Clean Air Summits over the last two years, convened in partnership with the Mayor of London and Mayors and city leaders from across the UK, priorities for action have been agreed by local leaders. Within the changing landscape of legislation, policy and delivery of on-the-ground programmes – including clean air zones – this keynote from Jason Torrance, UK100’s Clean Air Cities & Policy Director, will discuss why these priorities must be taken forward if we are to have a healthy and productive future.
  • “Air Quality Best Practice in the City of London” – In September 2019, the City of London released its updated Air Quality Strategy, laying out policy and action to deliver improved air quality over the next 5 years. At the heart of the Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, with 500,000 daily commuters (pre-pandemic) and only 9,000 residents, and an ear in Parliament, the City of London is in a unique position to address local air pollution. Bethiah Humphrey‘s keynote presentation will look at recent pollution trends, the importance of collaboration with other policy makers and on-the-ground initiatives and innovations (ranging from Air Quality Monitoring, the City Low Emission Neighbourhood, CityAir app, CityAir Business programme and Clean Air Thames project to the LowCity fleet emissions scheme, ULEVs, EV charging points and actions to deal with idling vehicle engines and buildings emissions) that the City Corporation is taking/deploying to improve air quality in the Square Mile.
  • “Innovation in Construction – Building by Example” – 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 on vehicle emission standards and leave a legacy for future projects, by becoming industry leaders in setting vehicle emissions standards and extending them across the country. They are determined to use the project’s scale and duration to help cut the release of harmful combustion engine emissions by stipulating contractors building Britain’s new high speed rail network use the cleanest vehicles and machinery available. This keynote – to be co-delivered by HS2’s Phase 1 Air Quality Lead, Andrea Davidson, and Head of Environmental Sciences, Neil Wait – will touch on the key commitments HS2 has made from an Air Quality perspective, highlighting some of the key challenges to date and overviewing some of the major innovations HS2 has deployed.

EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021 is currently scheduled to take place on Wednesday 31st March (8.30am-2.00pm) at The Embassy, Belgravia (our Covid-secure central London venue). This event date is obviously dependent upon evolving government guidelines and the coronavirus/lockdown situation closer to the time, so potentially subject to revision.

Pic from our 2019 edition in London (hosted at Browns Courtrooms, Covent Garden)


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. 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.

In addition to our inspirational keynotes, EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2021 will feature: Rapid fire innovator presentations delivered by technology experts and thought leaders, each representing a priority emissions and air quality innovation topic and associated field of application; Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and senior stakeholders to help 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 lunch, 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 a truly insightful half-day!

As with all of our Smart Class events, up to 5 innovators/solution vendors can participate in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity (Imperial, Vortex IoT and Videalert have already secured their slots): 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 2021

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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Vortex IoT

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