LGTAG President’s Conference to open with debate on air quality and climate change

This year’s Local Government Technical Advisers Group (LGTAG) President’s Conference will kick off with a panel debate entitled ‘Tackling air quality and climate change‘.

The event, which is taking place from 15-17 June, will feature morning and afternoon slots on the first two days and a morning slot on day three.

Day one will see representatives from Marston Holdings, UK100, Transport for London (TfL) and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council tackle this important subject area. Registration for this session is now open.

The panel will be made up of the following speakers:

  • Nicholas Ruxton-Boyle, Director of Environment at Marston Holdings
  • Jason Torrance, Assistant Executive Director at UK100
  • Katherine Drayson, strategic climate change and carbon lead in City Planning, Transport for London
  • Cllr Johnny Thalassites, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council.

The number of local authorities that have declared a climate emergency continues to rise and councils continue to battle with a range of competing demands in this area.

Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area.

There are numerous ways in which this is being done including through the implementation of Clean Air Zones; transition to electric vehicles; 100% recycled materials in construction; emissions-based parking permits; emissions-charging; etc.

One approach to improving air quality is reducing air pollution in towns and cities by discouraging the use of petrol and diesel vehicles via a range of road user and parking charges.

The lockdown response to Covid-19 has caused an unprecedented reduction in global economic and transport activity along with unprecedented air pollution declines.

Climate change cuts across all council departments and functions, and everyone – including the private sector – has a part to play, whatever their role and remit. But with many councils facing severe financial challenges how can they go about locking in the benefits of air pollution reductions and what should they be prioritising?

This exclusive discussion, which is being supported by Marston Holdings, will form part of LGTAG’s Presidential Conference on 15 June at 11am.

The discussion will be preceded by a keynote speaker from central government (subject to confirmation).

Details of all other sessions will be released in the coming days with speakers set to cover a range of topics including active travel, Manual for Streets and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). For now delegates can register for the opening session on day one of the event.

LGTAG Secretary Colin Mann said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s President’s Conference. The event promises to be an exciting one with panel debates and presentations covering a wide range of topics including climate change and active travel.

“Whilst it is a shame that we cannot all meet in person the event will provide a great opportunity to bring everyone together virtually over three days.”

You can register for the session entitled ‘Tackling air quality and climate change’ here