OWL Wales 2024


Wednesday 27 March

WCRAQ Annual Wales Round Table Debate

Promoting decarbonisation and sustainability in Wales 

  • Discover how to transition to greener transport solutions.
  • Find out about air quality initiatives.
  • Learn how to become an air quality champion in your region and nationally.
  • Discover how the Westminster Commission can help your authority help reach net zero cost-effectively.

14:30: Coffee, tea and networking

15:00: Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality – Emissions Reduction workshop

15:00 – 15:05: Welcome and protocol – Ann-Marie Knegt, Creative Director Visie Communications/ Editor Fleet Vision International

15:05 – 15:20: WCRAQ in Parliament Update, Barry Sheerman MP, Chair Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality

15:20 – 15:30: WCRAQ Update, Jason Airey/Sally Cumner, WCRAQ Executive Directors/Founders

15:30 – 15:40: A brief update on the roll out of Particle Number emission testing as part of PTI/ MOT in Europe – Ralph Wilce, Senior Consultant Wijs Air/ Chair Air Monitoring Working Party, WCRAQ

  • Why are European countries implementing stricter MOT emission testing with the support of the EU Commission?
  • How do the new PTI/ MOT regulations safeguard air quality?
  • Will the test be extended to petrol vehicles and other markets?

15:40 – 16:10: Celebrating measured air quality successes and why further urgent action is needed – Dr James Tate, Associate Professor Transport Studies, University of Leeds

  • Learn how and why air quality is showing signs of recent improvement in UK cities.
  • Learn how to detect the impact of air quality interventions, such as Clean Air Zones (CAZs) and speed management, using open-source analysis tools.
  • Debate why we need to now focus on high-emitters, whether old or newer vehicles that have faulty / tampered emission controls.

16:10 – 16:45: Q&A Session

16:45 – 16:50: Close of debate – Ann-Marie Knegt, Creative Director Visie Communications/ Editor Fleet Vision International

18:00 – 19:00: Drinks reception – kindly sponsored by Dennis Eagle, Dylan Thomas Foyer, Voco St Davids

19:00 – 22:00: VIP Networking Dinner – kindly sponsored by Dennis Eagle, Dylan Thomas Suite, Voco St Davids

If you want to attend, please, contact Sally Cumner [email protected].

The debate findings will be published on the WCRAQ website and the WCRAQ section of Fleet Vision International magazine. WCRAQ will recommend parliamentary questions based on the debate’s outcome and create future WCRAQ/ air quality policy strategies.

Thursday 28 March

OWL Wales Conference

08:00 – 09:00: Exhibitor Set Up – Dylan Thomas Foyer and Suite

09:00 – 09:50: Registration, coffee, and exhibition viewing, outside vehicle area viewing 

09:50 – 10:00: Welcome and introduction – Mick Sweetmore, Head of Fleet Engineering and Transport Services, Merseyside Police 

10:00 – 10:20: Welcome on behalf of OWL – Discover the benefits of the OWL Partnership – Jason Airey, MD, CMS SupaTrak 

10:20 – 10:40: Welcome on behalf of our Chairman – Barry Sheerman MP, Chairman, OWL

10:40 – 11:00: The transition to fleet decarbonisation and the challenges we face in the public sectorMick Sweetmore, Head of Fleet and Engineering, Merseyside Police, Past President, SOE

  • Learn how the latest vehicle technology can benefit your operation during live demonstrations.
  • Discover the implications and financial pressures we are facing to implement alternative energy vehicles and meeting sustainability targets.
  • See how challenges when recruiting and retaining staff affect our future workforce.

11:00 – 12:00: OWL vehicle and equipment demonstrations and exhibitor meet and greet

  • Learn how the latest vehicle technology can benefit your operation during live demonstrations.
  • Find out solutions you can implement to reduce emissions and save fuel.
  • See how driver management software can increase performance and optimise your fleet.

12:00 – 12:30: Break and exhibition viewing

12:30 – 12:50: Optimising your fleet: reduce pollution and improve sustainabilityDavid Hansen, Senior Product Manager, AMCS

  • Discover how route optimisation can reduce mileage, emissions, and costs.
  • Learn how having the correct fleet maintenance measures can minimise downtime and costs while increasing compliance, sustainability, and fuel efficiency.
  • Uncover how AI data-driven fleet & route optimisation can drive sustainability for municipalities.

12:50 – 13:10: Is there a future for the internal combustion engine? – Steve Berrow, Founder at Plazoil UK/Berrow -Zeice/ Tesla Power Generation 

  • Houston, we have a problem. We are already at a 1.5 increase in the global warming rise in temperature. We were supposed to hit this in 2050, but we hit it this year.
  • Discover the solution – Batteries or H2 cells to transition to zero emissions. It remains your choice.
  • Is ZEICE (Zero Emissions Internal Combustion Engine) the solution?

13:10 ­– 13:30: Trends in current local authority procurement – Dewi Lane, Senior Bid Manager, SUEZ

  • Find out about the recommendations we would like to see for procurement as contractors
  • See how these recommendations will produce the best value for local authorities in future tenders.
  • Learn how to maximise procurement stages to ensure the best outcomes for the client and contractor.

13:30 ­– 13:50: One positive action – To make tomorrow better than yesterdayRowland Potter, MD, Executive Consultancy Services

  • Hear a story of challenge and change.
  • Learn how to challenge and change the self. 
  • Discover actions on how to help others.

13:50 – 15:00: Close of conference, lunch and exhibition viewing – Lunch kindly sponsored by AMCS Group

Vehicle/Equipment Demos

Check out our vehicle and equipment demonstrations at various times throughout the day.


OWL brings together suppliers from the waste, transport and logistics industries to develop products and services that are truly integrated.

Lunch – It’s on Us!

There IS such a thing as a FREE LUNCH! In addition to serving you with a delicious two-course lunch you will also be provided with tea/coffee and pastries during the morning break.

Next time we’re visiting Northern Ireland!
Join us at Titanic Centre, Belfast, 10 October 2024