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Speakers Announced for ‘Creating A Low Emission City Conference’, 26 March 2020, Nottingham

An expert line-up of speakers has been announced for the ‘Creating A Low Emission City Conference’, hosted by Nottingham City Council and chaired by Robert Llewellyn from Fully Charged and Mark Goodier, radio presenter and EV advocate. 

The event, which will explore the practical measures that cities can take to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions, will take place from 9.30am to 3.30pm on 26 March 2020 in Nottingham.

The free-to-attend conference is organised by the ULEV Experience, which is funded by Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service. Both programmes are dedicated to supporting businesses and public/voluntary sector organisations to understand, trial and implement Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) and involve staff in active travel commuting. 

The Conference is sponsored by BP Chargemaster, Cenex, CrowdCharge, DriveElectric and Kia Sandicliffe.

Conference Programme

Welcome by Councillor Sally Longford, Deputy Leader & Portfolio Holder for Energy and the Environment, Nottingham City Council

Keynote speaker

Robert Llewellyn, Fully Charged

Strategic Context and Programme Interventions

Rasita Chudasama, Principal Transport Planner, Nottingham City Council

Panel Sessions chaired by Robert Llewellyn and Mark Goodier:

Delivering a local public EV charge point network

Mark Daly, Senior Transport Planner, Nottingham City Council

Tom Callow, Head of External Affairs, BP Chargemaster

Charlie Jardine, Founder & CEO, EO Charging

Transitioning Local Authority Vehicle Fleets to ULEVs

Matt Ralfe, Innovation & Change Manager, Nottingham City Council 

Tom Horner, Harrogate Borough Council

Carl Nicholson, North Somerset Council

How can a city’s taxi fleet and private hire vehicles shift to low emission alternatives?

John Heath, Market Development Manager, Dynamo Taxis

Dominic Moyes, Sales Director, DG Taxis

Chris Carter, Head of Transport Strategy, Nottingham City Council

Increasing Active Travel in the Workplace

Helen Hemstock, CEO, RideWise

Joanna Ward, Associate Transport Planner, Elliott Wood

Kerryn Chamberlain, Strategic Director, Active Notts Partnership

Transitioning to ULEVs – a business perspective

Lessons learnt from the ULEV Experience, Active Travel and Workplace Travel schemes

Rob Anderson, Programme Manager & Senior Fleet Specialist, Cenex/ULEV Experience

Istvan Sereg, Energy Manager, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Mike Potter, Managing Director, DriveElectric 

Joe Taylor, Tennant Rubber

Steve Holgate, Suez

Developing low energy, carbon neutral, connected neighbourhoods 

Jonathan Bray, Urban Transport Group

Sam Veal, Blueprint 

Mark Gillott, University of Nottingham

Emily Braham, Head of Sustainable Energy, Nottingham City Homes 

Where next? Developing future plans 

Rasita Chudasama, Principal Transport Planner, Nottingham City Council

Katie Greenhalgh, Energy Projects Manager, Nottingham City Council

Matt Ralfe, Innovation & Change Manager, Nottingham Electric Vehicle Service Centre (NEVS)

Closing remarks – Mark Goodier

Commenting on the forthcoming conference, Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy and the Environment, Nottingham City Council, said “This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the work we have been doing to support local businesses and other organisations to make the switch to cleaner vehicles. We’re looking forward to meeting other councils and representatives from industry to share lessons learned and discuss how we can move forward together to build a greener future.

“For Nottingham, as our Go Ultra Low project draws to a close, we’re keen to discuss ‘what’s next?’ and show what more we can do to promote cleaner vehicles and greener ways to commute in the city, contributing to our goal of being carbon neutral by 2028.”

Tom Callow from BP Chargemaster added: “It’s been great to work with Nottingham City Council over the past couple of years, with a progressive approach that has allowed the region to benefit from rapid expansion of public charging infrastructure, making it easier for local drivers to go electric. We hope to be able to share some of the best practice we have developed to help other cities.”

Mike Potter from DriveElectric said: “I’m delighted that the Nottingham ULEV Experience EV loan scheme has been such a success; it has shown that giving employees the opportunity to drive EVs – ie. ‘try before you buy’ – can make a real difference with increasing the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. The preference of employees for the driving experience of an EV combined with lower whole life costs results in a compelling proposition for an electric fleet.”

Mel Potter from CrowdCharge explains that “CrowdCharge will be launching the Electric Nation Vehicle to Grid (V2G) project at the ‘Creating A Low Emission City Conference’, offering Nissan EV owners in the Western Power Distribution licence area – which includes Nottingham – a V2G home smart charger, which could allow them to charge their car for free, as well as helping to balance the grid. We look forward to announcing full details at the event.”

Tom Bloomfield, Business Specialist at Nottingham’s Sandicliffe Kia concluded: “We’re delighted to play a part in helping our great city become a low emission city, with the backing of our manufacturer’s strong beliefs in alternative fuel vehicles. The sales of such vehicles has risen significantly and we only see that increasing more, with Kia aiming to introduce 16 alternative fuel vehicles by 2025. This conference will showcase the importance of the Go Ultra Low and ULEV Experience projects and the progress that Nottingham has achieved.”

You can book your free place at the Creating A Low Emission City Conference here:

Please note that there are now limited spaces left so prompt booking is recommended.

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