Lord Deben, chair of the Climate Change Committee, has been confirmed as a plenary speaker at the Smart Transport Conference.
The in-person conference will bring together senior public sector policymakers at national and local level, and influential private sector leaders from across the UK’s transport sector on November 30 at etc. venues County Hall, London in a Covid-secure environment.
This will be the first major industry-wide in-person gathering following COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which closes on November 12.
The key themes of the Smart Transport Conference are the outcomes of COP26 for the transport sector and the UK's roadmap to decarbonising transport by 2050.
Lord Debenham, who served as secretary of state for the environment from 1993 to 1997, will give the Climate Change Committee’s perspective on these topics.
The conference will also feature a number of breakout sessions looking at key aspects of the Government’s transport decarbonisation plan in detail, putting the spotlight on the freight and logistics sector as it charts its course to net zero; examining the challenges around zero carbon infrastructure, which will be fundamental to decarbonising transport modes; and looking at the role of commuting and how businesses will be working with Government to change employee travel habits.
The burning questions: how much will decarbonising transport cost and who pays will also be discussed at the conference, as well as looking at opportunities for growth from e-scooters and active travel.
Past speakers and panellists at Smart Transport conferences have included: business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng; transport minister Rachel Maclean; shadow transport minister Kerry McCarthy; shadow planning minister and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling and Walking Ruth Cadbury; and Richard Bruce, director of energy, technology and innovation at the Department for Transport.