Data Led Air Quality Improvements and Transport Decarbonisation: EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 2022 Retrospective


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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.

At EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 2022, Nick Ruxton-Boyle – Director of Environment at Marston Holdings – explained 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 (e.g. Neath Port Talbot Council – air quality monitoring and decarbonisation; Reading Borough Council – behaviour change; Bath & North East Somerset Council’s CAZ; Glasgow City Council’s LEZ), Nick demonstrated 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.

His presentation also featured NASA’s Climate Spiral (visualising global surface temperatures from 1880-2021); provided fascinating insights into territorial UK greenhouse gas emissions by NC sector (Transport, Energy Supply, Business, Residential, Agriculture, Waste Management etc) over the last 30 years and the break down of UK domestic transport emissions since 2019; highlighted solutions ranging from active travel, electric vehicles, public transport and demand management to mode shift, traffic reduction, travel plans and governance; and reflected on last year’s UN Climate Change Conference and the 2021 Environment Act.

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

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us on June 17th for the live in-person event at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Nick’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from: local authorities (e.g. 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; road operators and highways authorities; 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.

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EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, North 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.


   Leeds, UK

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Slingshot Simulations
Vortex IoT

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