Unveiling our Global Action Plan, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and UKHSA Keynotes for EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2024


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We’re delighted to reveal further details on our keynote presentations for EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2024, which takes place at Greencoat Place Conference CentreLondon, on Wednesday 1st May (8.30am-2.00pm):


“Tackling Air Pollution and Promoting Public Health”Dr Christina Mitsakou is Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist in the Air Quality and Public Health Team (AQPH) at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Christina and AQPH work closely with government departments, such as Defra and Department for Transport, providing scientific evidence input that informs policy development.

In this keynote, she will highlight the health impacts of air pollution across the UK and explain how UKHSA is tackling air pollution through a Cleaner Air Programme organised around increasing the evidence base, influencing and supporting stakeholders, and improving awareness and understanding.

The scope of Christina’s presentation includes:

  • Interventions for (the much underestimated) indoor as well as outdoor air quality
  • Multi-agency partnerships such as the London Air Quality and Health Programme Office
  • Key roles of innovation, data driven insights, collaboration, inclusiveness and behaviour change
  • Recent initiatives such as the UK’s first targeted air quality alert for healthcare professionals


“Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Air Quality Public Engagement in Oxfordshire” – Teaming up to deliver this keynote in two parts are Oxford City Council’s Principal Air Quality Officer, Pedro Abreu, and Oxfordshire County Council’s ZEV & Energy Integration Team Leader, Paul Gambrell:

1. The councils in Oxfordshire have for several years now been involved in many projects to encourage the move to electrified vehicles. Paul will provide an overview of the work completed to date and the resulting impacts, and also outline “what’s next on our electrification journey”.

2. Oxonair is an innovative air quality website, built in partnership with all local authorities in Oxfordshire. Pedro will explain how it has been designed in a simple and accessible way, with significant input from members of the public, to be used as an important public engagement tool to inform, communicate, and raise awareness of air pollution amongst visitors and residents across the County.


“Why Collaboration will be the Key to Cleaning up our Air”Catherine Kenyon is Head of Clean Air Programmes at UK-based sustainability charity, Global Action Plan (GAP). She leads collaborations on air pollution programmes with the health sector, schools, local authorities, and community groups.

Catherine’s keynote will feature real-life case studies from across the UK, demonstrating how collaboration has been used to tackle air pollution. This includes the development of the Clean Air Hospital Framework with Great Ormond Street Hospital, and it’s subsequent scaling up to ICS level, utilising collaborations across primary and secondary care and local authorities to address the root causes of air pollution. Examples will be shared from the education sector on groundbreaking work with schools, businesses, and local authorities to not only improve air quality at the school gate, but to use the voice of young people to secure their rights internationally.

Finally, the presentation will introduce the Clean Air Day campaign, the UK’s largest national campaign on air pollution, and will outline why the need to collaborate and take action on air pollution has never been more important.

Last year’s edition featured keynote presentations from Angela Halliwell, Head of Carbon and Air Quality at National Highways, and Daniel Marsh, Programme Manager for the Centre for Low Emission Construction (CLEC) at Imperial College London 

The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health we face today.

Air pollution can cause and worsen health effects in all individuals, particularly society’s most vulnerable populations. Long-term exposure to air pollution can cause chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases as well as lung cancer, leading to reduced life expectancy. Short-term increases in levels of air pollution can also cause a range of health impacts, including effects on lung function, exacerbation of asthma, increases in respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions and mortality. The annual mortality of human-made air pollution in the UK is roughly equivalent to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths every year. In London alone, nearly 9,500 people die early each year due to long-term exposure.

It is estimated that between 2017 and 2025 the total cost to the NHS and social care system of air pollutants (fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide), for which there is more robust evidence for an association, will be £1.6 billion. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) approximated the annual cost to the UK economy at about £16 billion. More recently, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) reported this figure to be around £20 billion.

EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2024 will give you a fresh take on deploying 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. This will be our seventh Emissions & Air Quality event since 2019, following on from previously acclaimed editions in London, Leeds and Birmingham.

Core themes at an Emissions & Air Quality Smart Class 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, DRT and MaaS impacts, active travel impacts, 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 planetary crises – e.g. climate change, pandemic, biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste – as catalysts for change, accelerating the use of available solutions and motivating both behavioural change and investment in new innovation.

Qualifying delegates 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.

If you meet the qualification criteria described, REGISTER NOW to claim one of the last free places at EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2024. Join us for what promises to be an insightful half day of collaboration and knowledge exchange!

If you’re already committed on May 1st, you’re welcome to extend the opportunity to another appropriate colleague, team member or counterpart.



  • Inspirational keynotes on behalf of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Global Action Plan (GAP), providing invaluable real-world insights into emissions and air quality policies and strategies, ongoing programmes and challenges, digital visions, collaborative initiatives, and adoptions of transformative technologies and data driven outcomes.
  • Rapid fire innovator presentations from eminent technology experts and thought leaders, each representing a priority emissions and air quality innovation topic and associated area of application. Check out our evolving agenda on the event website for speaker profiles and descriptions of the presentations to be delivered on behalf of leading innovators such as Vortex, Marston Holdings, Sustrans and EMSOL.
  • Q&As after each keynote and innovator presentation.
  • Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and specialists 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 cooked lunch, and all at no charge!

REGISTER HERE to secure your complimentary seat!


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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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