Last chance to secure place at National Air Quality Conference

Taking place this week, the event includes speakers from ClientEarth, Defra, Mercedez-Benz and TfL

There is just one day left to book a place at the inaugural National Air Quality Conference 2014 in London this week, which will feature speakers from both ClientEarth and Defra in the wake of the landmark EU Court ruling last week.

Taking place on at 15Hatfield near Waterloo station on Wednesday (November 26), the event features a number of top air quality policy and science experts from across government and industry, as well as several delegates from the Chinese government who are set to attend.

The first National Air Quality Conference will take place on November 26 2014 in London

The first National Air Quality Conference will take place on November 26 2014 in London

Hosted by, the conference will give delegates the opportunity to discuss the latest developments, exchange information and learn from best practice in the field of air quality management and measurement at both a national and local level.

And, following the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)’s ruling last week in ClientEarth’s case against the UK government over its failure to meet nitrogen dioxide limits (see story), the campaign group’s air quality lawyer Alan Andrews will give his view on the court action and what the UK needs to do to comply.

And, Defra’s head of national and local air quality Dr James Cooper will also speak at the event following the CJEU ruling last week, after which the government said it would be revising its air quality plan “to reflect recent action”.

Meanwhile, with diesel and traffic emissions a major focus of air quality policy in the UK, head of engineering at Mercedez-Benz Nick Blake will provide delegates with an overview of the company’s work toward tackling emissions through engine efficiency.

Other speakers set to engage in discussion at the conference also include IAQM chair Roger Barrowcliffe, TfL’s policy manager Sam Longman, Public Heath England’s Sotiris Vardoulakis and Oxford city council’s environmental policy team leader Mai Jarvis.

Speakers confirmed for the event include:

  • Government update on air quality policy and the Clean Air Act — Dr James Cooper, head of national and local air quality, Defra
  • European court action: what does the UK need to do to meet air quality targets? — Alan Andrews, air quality lawyer, ClientEarth
  • Tackling emissions through engine efficiency and other developments — Nick Black, head of engineering, Mercedes-Benz
  • Working with local authorities and communities — councillor Julian Bell, chair of transport and environment committee, London Councils
  • Air quality policy and practice in London — Elliot Treharne, air quality manager, Greater London Authority
  • Air quality in the UK: setting the scene — Roger Barrowcliffe, Chairman, Institute for Air Quality Management (IAQM)
  • Transport emissions roadmap: tackling air quality issues in the capital — Sam Longman, policy manager, Transport for London
  • Issues arising from health impacts of air pollution — Sotiris Vardoulakis, group leader air pollution and climate change, Public Health England
  • 2014 Low Emission Zone: implementation and early results — Mai Jarvis, environmental policy team leader, Oxford city council
  • Working with local businesses — Uto Patrick, clean air better business, Cross River Partnership

For more information and to book a place at the conference, visit the event website.


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