Join us at 3ppp’s leading 5th annual Low Carbon Britain conference.
Low Carbon Britain 2019 Developing a Smart, Resilient, Digital Society is a unique conference that will address Great Britain's current carbon reduction position and allow us to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals. One of the main focuses of the conference is to discuss how public sector along with towns, villages and cities can reduce their carbon emissions. The current situation will be highlighted and a discussion surrounding how this can be improved and delivered will play an imperative part within the conference.
"Partnerships” are vital in overcoming the challenges and in discovering new opportunities.
On the 2 May 2019, the Committee on Climate Change will publish new advice to the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations on the UK’s long-term climate change targets.
Collectively we now seem to have renewed interest in the UK’s climate target – and the ambition of ‘net zero’ emissions in the UK is no foregone conclusion.
This years Low Carbon Britain conference will look at opportunities of discussing credible strategies to reach net zero transport emissions in the UK. Recently the Government sanctioned £40bn of infrastructure spending over the next decade to deliver 30GW of offshore wind – a third of the UK’s electricity needs in 2030.
The Chancellor also announced the phase out of fossil-fuelled heating in new UK homes. "Just a few years ago all of this would have been incredible; now it is barely news" said Chris Stark, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change.
On the 21st February 2019 the Committee on Climate Change and its Adaptation Committee, assessed whether the UK’s housing stock is adequately prepared for the challenges of climate change; both in terms of reducing emissions from UK homes and ensuring homes are adequately prepared for the impacts of climate change.
The report’s key findings are that:
- the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets will not be met without the near-complete elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from UK buildings.
- emissions reductions from the UK’s 29 million homes have stalled, while energy use in homes – which accounts for 14% of total UK emissions – increased between 2016 and 2017.
- efforts to adapt the UK’s housing stock to the impacts of the changing climate: for higher average temperatures, flooding and water scarcity, are lagging far behind what is needed to keep us safe and comfortable, even as these climate change risks grow.
The Committee’s report says action is needed in the following five areas:
- 1: Performance and compliance. The way new homes are built and existing homes retrofitted often falls short of stated design standards.
- 2: Skills gap. The chopping and changing of UK Government policy has led to a skills gap in housing design, construction and in the installation of new technologies.
- 3: Retrofitting existing homes. Ensuring existing homes are low-carbon and resilient to the changing climate is a major UK infrastructure priority, and must be supported as such by the Treasury.
- 4: Building new homes. New homes should be built to be low-carbon, energy and water efficient, and climate resilient.
- 5: Finance and funding. There are urgent funding gaps which must be addressed, including secure UK Government funding for low-carbon sources of heating beyond 2021, and better resources for local authorities.
The following infographic highlights the key messages from this report. Click the image below for a higher resolution version.
By making cities smarter automatically lowers carbon emissions within cities, this conference will underline an array of solutions and throughout the day a number of excellent case studies will be showcased.
Transport & Air Quality
Britain is on the verge of a transport revolution. For much of the past half century, many of the improvements to transport have been gradual and incremental, and focused on increasing the capacity of existing infrastructure to meet growing demand. Yet today, radical new technologies are emerging that within a generation will transform everyday journeys. Zero tailpipe emission cars are replacing those powered by fossil fuels. Self-driving vehicles will soon allow disabled people and older people to enjoy the freedom to travel that the rest of us take for granted. And advances in data will improve the way that transport services are devised, planned and delivered for the passenger.
Such fundamental change in transport within a relatively short period of time and across so many different technologies is unprecedented. The last development in transport to have such profound implications for the country was the advent of affordable motoring in the 1950s, which offered previously unimagined independence to millions of people, and brought massive benefits to our economy. However, it also brought new challenges. There was a decline in public transport use, cycling and walking, and an increase in traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
Life in Britain was reshaped by motor vehicles and mobility was improved for the majority, but not every change was positive.
This time must be different. The best transport technologies of the future will not just make journeys faster, they will also make them safer, easier, more comfortable and more affordable. They will make our towns and cities quieter and less polluted. And they will give us the option to see mobility as a service, integrated and accessible to all.
With a long history of transport innovation, a world-class research base and many established technology leaders, the UK is well placed to harness its domestic expertise and to profit from a growing market for cleaner, safer and more efficient transport. The Government will support businesses, engineers and academics to use their creativity to solve transport challenges, while remaining mindful of the broader impacts of their innovations.
The UK government have already launched several complementary programmes of work, including the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, the Last Mile and Light Rail calls for evidence, and significant measures to improve air quality and decarbonise passenger and freight transport. These are all parts of a single connected approach.
Much of the change in travel will happen first and fastest in urban areas, where transport is busiest, economic opportunities greatest, and space most restricted. Our Future of Mobility programme starts with this urban strategy, which sets out the Principles which will guide our approach to emerging mobility technologies and services. We will be setting out our thinking on the future of rural mobility in due course, to explore how the benefits of transport innovation can be enjoyed by everyone, wherever they live.
We have an extraordinary opportunity here – to put Britain at the heart of the next mobility revolution, and bequeath a better, greener and more successful country for future generations. It’s an opportunity that we are determined – with your help – to seize.
Low Carbon Britain 2019 - Developing a Smart, Resilient, Digital Society will be an opportunity for you to be part of this inspiring journey.