On the 20th February 2014 the European Commission launched infringement action against the UK over its failure to comply with NO2 limit values. Later this year the European Court of Justice will rule on the consequences of the UK’s ongoing breach of NO2 limits in the ClientEarth case. There is a growing consensus that the health impacts of NO2 may have been seriously underestimated, alongside strengthening evidence on the harm caused by diesel particulates.
In the face of unacceptable health impacts and litigation on two fronts, there is a moral and legal imperative to urgently clean up pollution from diesel vehicles and make the UK a world leader in sustainable urban transport. We believe that a national network of low emission zones has to be a central policy tool to achieve this aim.
In recognition of the complexity of the issue, we are keen to discuss this policy call with a range of stakeholders from central government, industry, local authorities and NGOs. We will then reflect on the main points of this dialogue before publishing a detailed report later in the year.
A full agenda will be circulated in the next couple of weeks and will feature sessions on the legal and health context, local authority perspectives, plans for low emission zones in London and Copenhagen and the current level of technological capability.
The event will be structured to encourage maximum input and participation from attendees.
Confirmed speakers and panel members include:
- Frank Kelly, Kings College London
- Elliot Treharne, Greater London Authority
- Alan Andrews, ClientEarth
- Kåre Press-Kristensen, Danish Ecological Council
- Ogo Osammor, Sheffield City Council
- Sally Jones, Bradford City Council
- Matthew Noon, Cross River Partnership and Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe
- Richard O’Sullivan, Johnson Matthey
1st May, 10:00am-5pm (arrival and refreshments from 9.30am)
The Coin Street Community Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH
Waterloo is the nearest station, see this link for directions: http://coinstreet.org/who-we-are/contact-us/coin-street-neighbourhood-centre/
This is a free event. Please email Maria Arnold as soon as possible confirming your attendance and detailing any dietary or other requirements. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.