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LowCVP Annual Conference: RESET 2020: Driving the Green Recovery

As the lockdown is loosened, LowCVP’s Annual Conference 2020 asks how we can ‘build back better’ and accelerate the transition to net zero in road transport – last chance to register!

Over 750 delegates are already registered for LowCVP’s annual conference Wednesday July 15 (starting at 11.30am). This online event will provide a forum for policy ideas and proposals to help inform the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, due to be published this year.

Speakers include:

• Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport

• Sir John Armitt, CBE, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission

• Caroline Russell, Local Transport Spokesperson, Green Party

• Dimitri Zenghelis, Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

+ Delegates will vote on specific policy proposals presented by speakers designed to accelerate the decarbonisation of road transport.

+ ‘Two-minute policy pitches’ from Greenpeace; International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT); Transport & Environment; Greener Journeys; BVRLA & others.

+ Results of research into sector leaders’ views (see stakeholder survey) on how we can ‘build back better’ in road transport following the lockdown.

+ Exhibitions, virtual ‘speed networking’, polling and interactivity

Using the latest in digital conferencing technology (Hopin) the conference will maximise the opportunities for interactivity (on-line polling etc), information sharing and networking while slashing the event’s ‘carbon footprint’ as delegates, exhibitors and speakers can access and contribute to the event from their own homes or workplaces.

The LowCVP Annual Conference has been a leading event in the environmental transport calendar for over 15 years, involving senior stakeholders from across government and auto/energy industries, including academia, other governmental organisations, NGOs and others.

This year’s event is sponsored by DPD, Shell Recharge, CNG Fuels and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

LowCVP Managing Director, Andy Eastlake said: “This is a critical moment for the road transport sector which has a key part to play in the transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“Decarbonising the sector is one of the biggest challenges we face, but we could be on the verge of major change with the electrification of cars and vans gathering pace and signs of progress – though still many challenges – in larger commercial vehicle and longer-haul applications.

“The Government is consulting right now on the phase-out – by 2035 or earlier – of cars and vans with an internal combustion engine and promises to publish a Transport Decarbonisation Plan by Christmas. We want to be able to show the rest of the world what can be done for CoP26 in Glasgow in November next year.

“The Committee on Climate Change rightly concluded that decarbonisation of our economy has to be accelerated and we need some more practical and effective policies to achieve this. Our annual conference will focus discussions on many of the policy measures that will be required.”

See the full conference agenda here