In this series SocEnv invites CEnv speakers to discuss merging technologies and the innovations that have made a real difference to the environment.
Electric Vehicles: Panacea or Dead End?
Brian Robinson, Director at BJR Solutions Ltd and Commercial Vehicle Emissions Consultant at The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, will highlight some recent innovations in electric vehicles (focusing particularly on cars, vans, trucks and buses) and outline the main challenges facing this rapidly growing and much talked-about sector. He will describe their life-cycle environmental impacts and how differing assumptions about supply chains lead to wide variations, compromising our ability to inform national and international policy-making and regulation with robust evidence.
Brian will conclude with his own thoughts on how the sector is likely to further develop, what technological alternatives may emerge and the extent to which the mass uptake of EVs over the next decade or two may not deliver all the environmental benefits many hope for.
The Air Quality Strategy - A Port of London Authority Case Study
Tanya Ferry, Environment Manager at The Port of London Authority will talk about reducing emissions to air from a complex fleet of vessels in the port there is a range of innovation and more ‘normal’ road solutions, the PLA has had to apply a number of approaches to drive innovation in a small market, affect changes in the international field and avoid impacting trade, tourism or the Thames environment. With significant targets of the ports strategy to reach in short time, these first few years are the most challenging to effect change.