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LowCVP Conference 2014 – Full Agenda

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The full agenda is now confirmed for the LowCVP Conference 2014 on Tuesday 15 July, with speakers including Baroness Kramer, Minister of State, Department of Transport; Joe Greenwell CBE, Automotive Investment Organisation; and Jerry Hardcastle OBE, Nissan.

The Conference will announce new research, recently commissioned by the LowCVP, which looks at how progress in delivering low carbon road transport has coexisted with an impressive economic performance in the UK’s auto sector; how and if a low carbon policy focus has influenced the climate for investment and jobs.

The event will also include sessions looking at how the national low carbon policy agenda can be delivered at local levels and on the politics and prospects for lower carbon fuels.

A central element, during the morning, will showcase the results of the study on low carbon automotive investment now being conducted by E4tech/CAIR.

As always, the LowCVP Conference has attracted a range of high profile and influential speakers and we are very pleased that Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport has agreed to deliver the keynote address.

There will be sessions on how the national low carbon policy agenda can be delivered at local level and on the politics and prospects for lower carbon fuels.

The final Conference session will focus on innovative approaches to the introduction of electric vehicles. Earlier this year, Bolloré Group announced plans to bring Autolib Paris – the electric car sharing service which began in December 2011 – to London in 2015. Find out about progress in these plans from speakers Cedric Bolloré of Bolloré Group and Matthew Pencharz, Adviser to the Mayor, Boris Johnson, on Environment and Energy – as well as Dave Roberts from the innovative My Electric Avenue project.

Following the conference, all delegates are invited to join MPs and Peers at a VIP drinks reception. Speakers include Lord Deben (John Gummer) who is Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, the independent body established under the 2008 Climate Change Act to advise the Government on policy to tackle climate change. As Rt Hon John Gummer MP, he served for 16 years as a minister, including several years as Environment Secretary.

This will be an excellent networking opportunity and a chance to review the day over a glass of wine.



Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Annual Conference 2014


The low carbon contribution: Driving growth; delivering jobs

Tuesday 15 July 2014


BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, Westminster




Darran Messem, Chair, LowCVP

Welcome from Conference chair

James Murray, Editor, Business Green



Welcome from sponsor

Mark Constable, Senior Product Manager for Electric Vehicles and Future Heat, EDF EnergyARY SESSION I

Driving Low Carbon Automotive Investment in the UK


Launch and presentation of LowCVP Report “Investment in the UK automotive sector 2003-13: Impact of low carbon policy”

Report authors:

Prof Peter Wells, Professor of Business and Sustainability, Centre for Auto Industry Research, Cardiff Business School

Adam Chase, Director, E4tech



Keynote Address and response

The future for low carbon automotive investment

Baroness Kramer, Minister of State, Department of Transport



Response to the LowCVP Report

Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, LowCVP

Joe Greenwell CBE, Chief Executive, Automotive Investment Organisation



Question & Answer session

The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel



Tea and coffee break: Photo opportunity with electric vehicles


Delivering Growth and Jobs


The Climate Context: IPCC report overview

Professor Jim Skea, Committee on Climate Change; Vice-Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change



UK industry’s future: growth, jobs & the environmental imperative

Stakeholder Panel

Dr Rupert Lewis, Head of Automotive Policy, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Jerry Hardcastle OBE, General Manager – Innovation and Performance Projects, Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

Nicola Smith, Head of Economic and Social Affairs, TUC


Each panellist will be asked to contribute their thoughts on some of the key questions. The session will be interactive and generate audience participation.


Panel Question & Answers



Lunch and exhibition viewing: Photo opportunity with electric vehicles

PARALLEL SESSION Inslating national policy to the local context


Session chair: Will Straw, Associate Director for Climate Change, Energy and Transport, IPPR


A Tale of Two Cities

Case Studies:

Local Authority case 1 – London

Murad Qureshi AM, Deputy Chair, Environment Committee, London Assembly

Local Authority case 2 – York

Mike Southcombe, Environmental Protection Manager, York City Council (LowCVP member)



Michael Hurwitz, Director, Energy, Technology and International (ETI), Department for Transport

Prof Greg Marsden, Director, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Gloria Esposito, Head of Projects, LowCVP


PARALLEL SESSION IIsport energy; the low carbon fuels conundrum


Session chair: Darran Messem, Chair, LowCVP


Rob Wakely, Head of Low Carbon Fuels, Department for Transport

A Fuels Roadmap for the UK: Celine Cluzel, Principal Consultant, Element Energy and Jonathan Murray, Director of Policy and Operations, LowCVP


Panel session with Q&A

Laura Buffet, Policy Officer – Clean Fuels team

Diana Raine, European Business Manager for Hydrogen, Air Products

Dr Chris Malins, Fuels Lead, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)

Richard Stark, Advocacy Manager Renewable Energy, AB Sugar

Patrick Lynch, Biofuels Sustainability Manager, Greenergy, Transport & Environment



Refreshments available


Welcome from session chair

Henry Foy Automotive Correspondent, Financial Times

Panel discussion:

Matthew Pencharz, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London for Environment and Energy

Cedric Bolloré, Director of Industry Activities, Bolloré Group

Dave Roberts, Director, My Electric Avenue



Conference summary

Darran Messem, Chair, LowCVP



Post-Conference VIP drinks reception (including invited MPs and Peers) Keynote speaker



Post-Conference VIP reception closes

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