OWL North Roadshow


16 November

WCRAQ Annual Northern England/Scotland Round Table Debate

  • Presented by: Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality
  • Media Partner: Fleet Vision International magazine
  • Location: Majestic Hotel and Spa, Harrogate
  • November 16 2022, 14:30 – 16:30

Decarbonising transport and reducing air pollution in Northern England and Scotland – long and short-term solutions. 

  • 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, Majestic Hotel and Spa

15:00: Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality – Round Table Debate

Decarbonisation of transport and improving air quality in Northern England and Scotland

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

15:05 – 15:15: WCRAQ update, Jason Airey/Sally Cumner, WCRAQ Executive Directors/Founders

15:15 – 15:45: The future for transport decarbonisation and urban air quality. Professor Alastair Lewis, Atmospheric Chemistry, University of York and a Director/UKRI National Centre for Atmospheric Science

  • Learn to understand the current future role of road transport in defining urban air quality
  • Find out about the decarbonisation of larger vehicles, fuel options and possible air quality trade-offs.
  • Discover how limits on controlling air pollution at the city scale vs national and international levers can work. 

15:45 – 16:30: WCRAQ Debate

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.

Networking dinner on November 16

Dress code: Smart casual, lounge suit/ cocktail dress

18:00: Drinks reception – Sponsored by Dennis Eagle, Majestic Hotel and Spa, Harrogate

19:00: Dinner, Majestic Hotel and Spa, Harrogate

19:00: Welcome by Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, Chairman of OWL, Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality

19:15 – 21:00 Three-course networking dinner

22:00: Informal networking

17 November

08:00 – 09:00: Networking and exhibition viewing

09:00 – 09:10: Welcome and introduction on behalf of CIWM North

09:10 – 09:20: Welcome and introduction on behalf of OWL – Barry Sheerman, MP Huddersfield, Chairman OWL Partnership

09:20 – 09:40: What is the purpose of OWL?/ OWL Clean Air Project update  – Jason Airey, MD, CMS SupaTrak  

  • Learn how to integrate the equipment and services of all the OWL partners into one common platform. 
  • Discover how transitional technologies and long-term vehicle energy solutions work for your organisation. 
  • Find out how OWL and the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality can help you reach zero emissions at point-of-use and become carbon negative. 

09:40 – 10:00: The transition to fleet decarbonisation and the challenges we face in the public sector – Mick Sweetmore, Head of Fleet and Engineering, Merseyside Police, Past President, SOE

  • Improve knowledge of the challenges faced within the public sector by transitioning to alternative fuelled vehicles and meeting sustainability targets.
  • Discuss with fellow fleet professionals the implications and financial pressures we will face meeting with both vehicles and the required supporting estate infrastructure demands.
  • To best understand the challenges we will face with recruiting and retaining vehicle technicians, meeting with current and future skills shortages and looking at developing apprentices as the future workforce.

10:00 – 11:00: OWL Live vehicle and equipment demonstrations/ exhibitor meet and greet

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

11:00 – 11:30: Break and exhibition viewing

11:30 – 11:50: Nottingham City Council fleet electrification case study Matt Ralphe, Innovation and Change Manager Parking, Fleet & Transport Operations, Nottingham City Council

  • Understand the pitfalls and how to avoid them to electrify your fleet.
  • Hear how Nottingham’s eight electric RCVs perform and why it bought another twelve.
  • Take away tips on emerging real-world technologies to help local authorities switch to EV.

11:50 – 12:10: 21st-century solutions to waste management issues – Sandy Anderson, Service Manager, Domestic Waste and Street Cleansing, Fife Council

  • Find out how Fife Council’s waste management team has adopted a live 360-degree camera solution on refuse vehicles.
  • Discover the steps that have been taken to reduce fuel costs and increase safety
  • See how Waste Operations supports its teams’ mental health and well-being.

12:10 – 12:30: Moving to hydrogen vehicles – more than a fuel change –  Trevor Nicoll, Assistant Director of Environment and Operations, St Helens Council

  • Discover why St Helens was one of the UK’s first to switch to hydrogen.
  • Learn how St Helens will be implementing a green hydrogen infrastructure.
  • Find out how St Helens worked with suppliers from the waste industry to purchase a hydrogen waste collection solution that is fit for purpose for the Council’s requirements.  

 12:30 – 12:50: break and exhibition viewing

12:50 – 13:10: Making diesel history: deploying a nationwide hydrogen refuelling infrastructure – Brendan Bilton, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer for Element 2

  • Learn how hydrogen can accelerate a zero-emission transport fleet.
  • Find out how to develop fuel security for the future.
  • Discover how to become a world leader in hydrogen infrastructure.

13:10 – 13:30: Driver safety training needs to be different –  Road safety interactive workshop  – Andy Drewary, MD, Road Safety Smart\

  • Driver training needs to be alternative!
  • Driver training needs to be delivered differently!
  • Driver training needs to be fun!

13:30 – 14:00Question time: Propulsion and emissions reduction solutions, and your most urgent questions answered – Ann-Marie Knegt, Creative Director, Visie Communications [CONFIRMED]

14:00 – 15:00: Lunch and exhibition viewing

See the OWL speakers here.