2nd Annual (2019)

Air Quality Forum

Tuesday 26 February 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Christine McHugh
Associate Director
Part 1: Overview of policy
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can air quality be improved in the UK? How is policy supporting this and what further steps are needed?
  • Progress with the UK Air Quality Plan
  • What are the potential impacts of Brexit on environment policy
  • Potential impacts of new NPPF guidance on air quality and planning
  • Considering the growing issue of indoor air quality
Morning refreshments
Part 2: Creating and actioning plans to improve air quality
Improving air quality in London
  • Work underway to improve air quality in London
  • The effects of introducing Ultra Low Emission Zones
  • Challenges facing emissions reduction and introducing targeted responses
  • How can the mitigation measures introduced in London be applied to other areas in the UK?
Silviya Barrett
Research Manager
Centre for London
Implementing clean air zones – creating plans and progress with the introduction of clean air zones
  • Progress with the introduction of clean air zones
  • How are clean air zones being implemented?
  • Plans for reducing emissions
Guy Hitchcock
Technical Director
Networking lunch
Part 3: Introducing targeted responses and monitoring improvements to air quality responses
Methods for monitoring air quality – how to best measure and monitor the solutions introduced
  • How to measure the impact of air quality initiatives
  • What monitoring equipment and technologies are available?
  • Cost effective measures to monitor air quality
  • Using monitoring to measure the effectiveness of target strategies and different approaches
Marieke Beckmann
Research and International Strategy Lead, Energy and Environment
National Physical Laboratory
How will new and emerging transport technologies help reduce emissions and what steps are needed to plan for these now?
  • Planning for electric vehicles – how to support increased usage
  • How can we EV take up be accelerated 
  • Are electric vehicles greener? Ensuring clean energy for power supplies 
  • What does the 2040 diesel ban mean for electric vehicles? Is the UK prepared for this?
Gloria Esposito
Head of Projects
Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
Planning for greener cities: the role of new developments to plan for improved urban design and active transport
  • Area wide urban design – implementing long-term solutions to improve air quality and achieving developer buy-in
  • Using modelling data to make informed decisions on air quality improvements
  • The role of planning in supporting health and well-being
  • Urban planning, the changing role of town centres, and introducing measures to improve air quality
  • When to consider pedestrianisation
  • The impact of negative contributions to air quality in projects getting planning approval
Afternoon refreshments
Overcoming the challenges from the rapid emergence of low emission environments
  • Policy and strategy driving the introduction of low emission environments
  • Overview of the wide range and type of measures
  • Determining their suitability for different context and conditions
  • Understanding the challenges with public approval and delivery
  • Planning for the future - can these schemes successfully co-exist?
Glenn Higgs
Technical Director
The role of public health in improving air quality
  • Using education to improve air quality
  • Changing transport patterns and promoting active transport
  • How can health initiatives be used to support air quality improvements?
Chris Large
Global Action Plan
PANEL DISCUSSION: Implementing joined up strategies and working collaboratively to implement a range of measures to improve air quality
  • Partnership and collaborative working to improve air quality
  • Communication between teams when designing air quality action plans
  • Implementing a joined up approach
  • Innovations and new methods to combat poor air quality
  • What measures have worked and what haven't?
Chair's closing remarks
Close of conference

*All sessions include a short Q and A.*