DfT to hold global zero-emission summit this September

The DfT is to hold a zero-emission vehicle summit in Birmingham this September.

The department said it will bring together policy makers, industry experts and opinion formers from around globe to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.

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 £1.5bn 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.”

The summit will be held on 11 September at Birmingham International Conference Centre, and will then transfer to Cenex-LCV at Millbrook Proving Grounds on 12 September where delegates can see the latest vehicle innovation in action.

Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex said: “We are honoured that the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Summit will be linked to our 11th annual Cenex-LCV Event this year. The UK is at the forefront of low carbon vehicle technology innovation and we think there is great value for the ZEV attendees to see these technologies first-hand at the Cenex-LCV exhibition.”

The DfT also announced yesterday that it would be continuing with the Plug-in Van Grant until at least 2018, and was also exploring proposals to provide funding for cargo bikes to reduce last-mile delivery emissions.