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Huw Merriman to tackle decarbonisation at Virtual Smart Transport Conference

Huw Merriman, chair of the Transport Select Committee

Chair of the Transport Select Committee Huw Merriman will give the committee’s take on transport decarbonisation at the Virtual Smart Transport Conference, which takes place on June 8-9 and is free to attend.

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The UK Government has made a legal commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that transport has a “huge role to play” in that.

Along with the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030 and plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2035, there are a number of areas that the Government will need to look at to decarbonise transport, and it is due to publish its transport decarbonisation plan this spring.

The Transport Committee's purpose is to scrutinise Government and industry performance on national transport and Merriman, who will speak on the first day of the conference (June 8), will outline the steps the committee believes the Government should take to address transport decarbonisation.

Merriman will also be sharing insights from the citizens’ assembly on climate change, which was commissioned by the Transport Select Committee, along with five other House of Commons Select Committees, last year.

The citizens’ assembly sought to understand public preferences on how the UK should tackle climate change because of the impact these decisions will have on people’s lives.

Live Q&A

Following his presentation, Merriman will be taking part in a live panel debate, giving delegates the chance to put their questions to him.

He will be joined on the panel by Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus, the independent watchdog for transport users.

Smith will be addressing the conference’s other key theme: the future of transport post-Covid 19.

Transport Focus has been carrying out weekly surveys on how people feel about travel during the pandemic and Smith will examine the emerging trends.

Eight breakout sessions across the two days will also pick up on the decarbonisation and Covid-19 themes. The topics are: addressing urban air quality; place-based solutions to decarbonise transport; switching to electric; achieving modal shift; decarbonising freight; transport outside cities; data and new mobility trends; and universal and inclusive transport.

Smart Transport would like to thank its Headline Strategic Partners for their support with this virtual event including ABB, Centrica, DAF Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx, Geotab, LeasePlan, Liberty Charge, Macquarie, Raleigh, Renault and Worldline.

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Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry. Watch his presentation below:


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