3rd Annual (2020)

Air Quality Forum

Tuesday 25 February 2020


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Dr Claire Holman
Brook Cottage Consultants
Part 1- Government support for air quality improvements – addressing at a national and local level
Panel discussion: plans to reduce emissions and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040 - what steps need to be taken?
  • Developing new initiatives for quicker actions on solving air quality issues
  • Is the current policy effectively tackling the issue of improving air quality? What changes should be put in place?
Chris Large
Global Action Plan
Celina Colquhoun
39 Essex Chambers
Ned Westaway
Francis Taylor Building
Air pollution and the impact on health – what is the real scope of the problem and how do you engage the public with the issue?
  • Educating the public about the real impacts of air quality on health and encouraging active travel
  • How can we categorise the impact of air quality on health to see who is most vulnerable and adequately plan for ways to improve public health
  • What does current research indicate about the health risks that poor air quality causes
  • What can we do today to reduce the levels of exposure to air pollution?
  • Meeting the World Health Organisation Air Quality Guidelines
Professor Paul Cosford CB
Emeritus Medical Director
Public Health England
Morning refreshments
Part 2 - Practical guidance on how to effectively produce and implement air quality action plans – successfully overcoming the commonly associated challenges
Practical guidance on delivering air quality improvements while developing the transport network
  • Planning and maintaining transport infrastructure without impacting air quality
Justin Bishop
Senior Consultant
James Bellinger
Senior Consultant
Part 3 - Using technologies to monitor their effectiveness
Accurately obtaining air quality data – what monitoring options are available and how to use these
  • Are the current methods of air quality monitoring effective and accurate?
  • Developing novel ways of monitoring air quality and obtain more accurate data
  • Measuring the effectiveness of new initiatives and monitoring networks to improving air quality
  • Breathe London project – what does the primary data suggest?
Ying Zhang
Strategic Development Manager
National Physical Laboratory
Networking lunch
Combining the best of monitoring and modelling
Dr Claire Holman
Brook Cottage Consultants
Part 4 - Implementing the required infrastructure to support the rise in low carbon vehicles
Panel discussion: Responding to the rise in low emission vehicles – what is the projected uptake and what infrastructure is needed to support this?
  • Predications for the increase in low emission vehicles – projected uptake rates
  • Are we prepared for the 2040 diesel ban? Is the UK ready for a surge in electric vehicles?
  • Introducing the infrastructure needed to support low emission vehicles
  • Revolutionising public transport – introducing electric, hybrid and hydrogen buses
  • What will happen to the Fuel Excise Duty (FED) with the emergence of the low emission zones?
  • Incorporating electric vehicle charging points on new developments – why does this matter?
Sebastien Lechanoine
Policy Advisor - Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Office for Low Emission Vehicles
Justin Bishop
Senior Consultant
Part 5 - Projects which are actively tackling the issue of poor air quality
Air quality Action Planning at LB Newham; challenges and lessons learnt
  • Monitoring schools – how the borough is implementing road closures around schools to improve air quality
  • Reinforcing targeted solutions to address poor air quality within the borough
  • The air quality task force; an interdisciplinary team which tackle poor air quality within the borough – how effective has this been so far?
Helen Masterson
Noise and Pollution Manager
London Borough of Newham
Afternoon refreshments
Project Update: Clean Air Villages
  • Cross River Partnership’s Defra-funded Clean Air Villages project is working across different boroughs in London to improve air quality
  • The project’s focus is to work with businesses in pollution hotspots to streamline deliveries and servicing and to implement tangible long term solutions that will improve local congestion and pollution
Kate Fenton
Project Manager
Cross River Partnership
WM-Air – Clean Air Science for the West Midlands
  • WM-Air is applying environmental science research expertise from the University of Birmingham
    in support of improved air quality and health across the West Midlands, to improve understanding of
    current and future air pollution sources, predict future air quality under business-as-usual and
    alternative scenarios, and quantify the air quality, health and economic benefits of policy options
William Bloss
Professor of Atmospheric Science
University of Birmingham
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking refreshments

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