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On May 1st we hosted EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2024 at Greencoat Place Conference Centre, London. This Smart Class gave a fresh take on how to deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies, policies and best practices to improve urban air quality and drive down emissions and air pollution in our cities and regions.

Our film maker captured the keynotes and innovator presentations for additional stakeholders to enjoy post-event!

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us on the day, just complete the short application form below and we’ll grant you free access to the presentation videos, recordings and slides.

Our senior keynote speakers included: Dr Christina Mitsakou, Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist in the Air Quality and Public Health Team (AQPH) at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA); Paul Gambrell, Oxfordshire County Council’s ZEV & Energy Integration Team Leader; Pedro Abreu, Oxford City Council’s Principal Air Quality Officer; and Catherine Kenyon, Head of Clean Air Programmes at Global Action Plan (GAP). Christina, Paul, Pedro and Catherine provided invaluable real-world insights into some of their air quality and emissions policies and strategies, ongoing programmes and challenges, digital visions, collaborative initiatives, adoptions of transformative technologies and data driven outcomes.

The Smart Class also featured inspiring innovator thought leadership presentations from: EMSOL’s Founder & CEO, Freddie Talberg; Sustrans’ London Head of Behaviour Change, Alison Litherland; and on behalf of Vortex and Marston Holdings, Director of Environment, Nick Ruxton-Boyle. The innovators expert teams subsequently hosted confidential, deeper dive, roundtable discussions with all delegates in attendance. The live (in-person only) session also included thought provoking Q&As and further networking opportunities over breakfast, drinks and a cooked lunch.

Noteworthy contributions to these discussions were also made by influencers and decision makers from the likes of Aecom, Air Quality Consultants, Centre for Low Emission Construction, Cundall, Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), First Bus, Global Action Plan, Greater London Authority (GLA), Hackney Council, Imperial College London, Leicester City Council, Mace, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Ricardo, Slough Borough Council, Smart Transport Hub, Southwark Council, Surrey County Council, Systra, Transport for London (TfL), UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Western Gateway Sub-national Transport Body (STB), Westminster City Council, and more!


Topic highlights included: 

  • Tackling air pollution and promoting public health through UKHSA’s Cleaner Air Programme;
  • Sources of air pollution – Energy, manufacturing & construction, industrial processes, residential, fugitive emissions, road transport and non-road transport;  
  • Short-term and long-term health effects of air pollution and the mortality burden;
  • Inequalities in air quality, AQ at schools and deprivation;
  • Air quality alerts to London healthcare professionals; 
  • Indoor air pollution – Sources and types;  
  • Factors affecting indoor air quality; 
  • Indoor air – Burden of disease; 
  • Damp and mould in the house – Guidance; 
  • Supporting stakeholders – Pilot indicators: Air dispersion modelling using Defra’s Automatic Urban and Rural Network, SHAPE air pollution vulnerability data, Pilot Air Quality Health Indicator Tool;
  • Health effects of climate change (HECC); 
  • Sustainable cities & communities and SDG alignment;
  • WHO compliance overview – Daily average NO2;
  • The problem with averages, focusing on real world pollution spikes and going beyond air quality monitoring;
  • Video analytics for pollution causality;
  • ‘Emissions from activity’ sector impact case studies – Waste management, retail logistics, sustainable construction and NHS;

  • EV charging projects in Oxfordshire – e.g. Go Ultra Low Oxford, Gul-E, Park & Charge Oxfordshire, ESO, O-GULO, T-GULO etc;
  • Oxfordshire EV infrastructure strategy – OEVIS; 
  • EVs and public engagement; tracking demand with online tools for residents;
  • OCC’s Oxfordshire wide EV car club pilot based at park and charge hubs; 
  • Oxfordshire BEV and park & charge impacts, including CO2 savings;
  • What’s next on Oxfordshire’s electrification journey? OX-LEVI programme, micro-hubs, further mobility hubs, behavioural change etc; 
  • OXONAir – Oxfordshire’s innovative air quality website; 
  • Air quality maps, post code search engine and diffusion tube index;  
  • Air quality alerts & forecasts and local air quality projects; 
  • Understanding the link between air quality and active travel; 
  • Changing travel behaviours to improve air quality and reduce exposure to air pollution; 
  • Understanding the barriers to active travel; 
  • Knowing when air quality is and isn’t a motivator – e.g. CAZs;  
  • Schools behaviour change case study – Bike It Tower Hamlets travel surveys;
  • Community behaviour change case study – Becontree Low Emission Neighbourhood;
  • Workplaces behaviour change case study – NHS Southeast & Barts;   

  • Why collaboration is key to cleaning up our air; 
  • Global Action Plan – Tackling the root causes of our climate and nature crisis through research, campaigns and collective action that reconnect human and planetary health; 
  • Systems we need to change – Elimination of use of fossil fuels and wood from domestic transport, heating and cooking in urban areas; 
  • Health sector collaboration for clean air – NHS commitments on air pollution, ICS Clean Air Framework, GP pilot with communications campaign with LB Islington; 
  • Schools collaboration for clean air – Schools commitments on air pollution, Clean Air for Schools Framework, Freedom to breathe;
  • Local Authority collaboration for clean air – Clean Air Day, Air Pollution Calculator, Clean Air Night;
  • Making the invisible, visible – The power of harnessing localised air pollution data with innovative highway projects to enhance air quality and road safety;
  • The pollution challenge in Wales; 
  • The Clean Air Plan for Wales – Clean Air Zones, developing a new air quality monitoring and assessment framework, active & sustainable travel, reducing emissions from agriculture and industry, raising public awareness and engagement, cross-sector collaboration;
  • Data driven success stories – Neath Port Talbot council case study; Cardiff City Council’s recent localised air quality monitoring deployment;   
  • Implementing ULEZ schemes, School Streets Zones and other pollution reduction interventions; 
  • Co-benefits of improving air quality around schools and Waltham Forest School Street Scheme case study etc.  

Those qualifying to receive the presentation videos and rich media content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, environmental managers 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; 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, UKHSA and other supporting national agencies; prime contractors; academia etc.

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EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how they can deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies, policies and best practices to improve urban air quality and drive down emissions and air pollution in our cities and regions. EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2024 will be hosted in London on May 1st.


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