Zero emission vehicle summit to be held in Birmingham

29th May 2018

Zero emission vehicle summit to be held in Birmingham (iStock)

Birmingham is to play host to the world’s first ever zero emission vehicle summit, which will take place in early autumn.

Running at the city’s International Conference Centre on September 11th-12th, the event will see world leaders joining experts across the automotive industry, academics and financial institutions to discover how far the technology has come, discuss what it can achieve in terms of fuel efficiency and environmental benefits, and explore how it can be effectively rolled out around the world.

The first day will see summit discussions taking place, while day two will centre on Cenex-LCV2018, the UK’s leading low carbon vehicle show. This will highlight the latest innovations.

Speaking about the summit, transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “The government is committed to meeting our climate change targets and cleaning up our air and to help achieve that we are investing £1.5 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2021.

“This ground-breaking event shows Britain leading the way in developing the new technology that will create new jobs and help improve the air we breathe.”

Mr Grayling added that Birmingham had been chosen because of its rich motor manufacturing heritage, which includes work on the development of low and zero-emission cars in recent years.

The decision to stage the event came about after prime minister Theresa May made a pledge during the recent One Paris event to bring industry and government leaders together to find ways of advancing the emissions-free automotive sector.

It is now the government’s aim to put the UK ahead of the pack in the development of zero emission vehicles, with the ultimate goal being to ensure all new cars and vans are emission-free by 2040.

The issue has had a particularly high profile in the last couple of years after the UK was threatened with fines from the EU after numerous urban locations broke legal nitrogen dioxide emissions limits, including Birmingham itself.

Earlier this month, Britain was referred to the European Court of Justice over the matter, along with Germany, France, Italy, Romania, and Hungary.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Zero-emission vehicles will have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the fleet sector can keep moving while at the same time making our cities cleaner and greener in the years ahead.”

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