Seminar Programme

Welcome and introductions
Simon Jack
Keynote speech

Confirmed speaker: Venn Chesterton, Innovation Lead: ULEV, Innovate UK

Venn Chesterton
Innovation Lead: ULEV
Innovate UK
Session One – The future is now

How is the freight and logistics sector adapting to future city requirements? What technology is being developed today for urban deliveries of the future? We learn about some exciting, collaborative projects being supported by Innovate UK to bring new technology to the freight and logistics industry.

  • Find out how local authorities and operators are trialling a new virtual loading bay system to help improve congestion, encourage cleaner freight vehicles and reduce PCN costs.
    Speaker: Neil Herron, CEO and founder, Grid Smarter Cities
  • The Robopilot project aims to bring autonomous racing technology to the light commercial vehicle market, combing sensors around the vehicle with mapping, AI and fleet information to improve safety.
    Speaker: Matt Key, Chief of Business Development, Arrival
  • Calor Gas is working collaboratively to develop and trial a new 16-tonne electric truck with low-emission range-extended capability.
    Speaker: Paul Blacklock, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Calor Gas
  • Gnewt Cargo is working in partnership with the Greater London Authority to trial a first-of-its-kind deployment of larger, zero-emission vans for last-mile deliveries in the capital.
    Speaker, Sam Clarke, co-Director, Gnewt Cargo
  • Q&A 

Audience participation is welcome, with key questions put to our panel of experts

Neil Herron
Founder and CEO
Grid Smarter Cities
Matt Key
Chief of Business Development
Paul Blacklock
Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs
Calor Gas
Sam Clarke
Gnewt Cargo
Networking / Coffee break
Session Two - LoCITY annual progress review

Transport for London will update delegates on the latest air quality strategies in the capital, and show the progress made across its LoCITY working groups in helping the freight sector transition to ultra-low-emission commercial vehicles. Topics include:

  • Mayor of London’s Draft Transport Strategy and London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone – what these mean for commercial vehicle operators.
    Speaker: Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London
  • LoCITY’s new tools and guidance for operators.
    Speaker: Denise Beedell, Development Manager, Federation of Small Businesses and LoCITY Champion  
  • Innovate UK and LoCITY are working together to test the emissions from alternatively fuelled refuse collection vehicles. 
    Speaker: Venn Chesterton, Innovation Lead: ULEV, Innovate UK
  • Next steps for UK and International cities: actions to improve air quality and messages for commercial vehicle operators:
    Speakers: Carl Beet, Transport Strategy Manager, Transport for West Midlands; Andrew Benfield, Group Director of Transport, Energy Saving Trust, Martin Ellis, Account Manager, Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU).  
Alex Williams
Director of City Planning at Transport for London
Transport for London
Denise Beedell
Development Manager
Federation of Small Business (FSB)
Venn Chesterton
Innovation Lead: ULEV
Innovate UK
Carl Beet
Transport Strategy Manager
Andrew Benfield
Group Director of Transport
Energy Saving Trust
Martin Ellis
Account Manager
Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU)
Session Three - Freight expectations
  • TRL explores how a growing trend towards greater visibility of freight movements will see new business models adopted for urban deliveries, and looks at the role that market disrupter technology, such as autonomous vehicles, might play in shaping the future.
    Speaker: Jim Chappell, Freight and Fleet Lead, TRL

The big debate… 

A pan-industry panel will discuss future urban freight requirements and challenges. Topics to cover

  • Direct Vision Standard for trucks
  • Greater consolidation of loads
  • City diesel bans
  • Future fuels
  • Consolidation that works
  • The role of autonomous delivery vehicles
  • Beating congestion
  • Road charging
    Panellists:  James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, FTA; Ross Paterson, Head of Product and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK; Ryan White, Assistant VIce President, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC); Ali Kagalwalla, Insight and Innovation Manager, CitySprint; Tim Ward, Freight and Fleet Engagement Manager, Transport for London. 
Jim Chappell
Freight and Fleet Lead
James Hookham
Deputy Chief Executive
Freight Transport Association
Ross Paterson
Head of Product and Marketing
Mercedes-Benz Trucks
Ryan White
Assistant Vice President
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
Ali Kagalwalla
Insight and Innovation Manager
Tim Ward
Freight and Fleet Engagement Manager
Networking / Coffee break
Session Four - Safe and secure

This session will look at some of the key security and safety issues affecting hauliers operating in an urban environment.

  • Effective harnessing of big data has significant potential to help fleet operators boost safety in urban environments, from predictive analytics for vehicle health, through to real-time risk assessments of busy, city routes.
    Speaker: Matt Hague, Executive Director – Product Strategy, Microlise
  • In the wake of recent terrorism activity involving the use of vans and lorries, the Metropolitan Police will share some of the vital security measures in force around HGV operating centres, and provide essential guidance for fleet managers and drivers.
    Speaker: Sergeant Wayne Watling, Metropolitan Police Commercial Vehicle Unit
  • Know your driver – we hear from top transport law firm Backhouse Jones about the steps you should be taking when recruiting and assessing your driver workforce to make sure your company does not find itself involved in major urban incidents. 
    Speaker: James Backhouse, Director, Backhouse Jones
  • Electric freight vehicles look set to become a popular choice for city operations, offering zero tailpipe emissions and near-silent running capabilities. However, the lack of noise emitted from EVs can pose a safety hazard for vulnerable road users, according to Brigade Electronics. It has been collaborating with the Quiet Road Transport Vehicles working group to develop a product to put white sound back into electric trucks and vans without causing a noise nuisance in built-up areas.
    Speaker: Tony Bowen, LCV Project Manager, Brigade Electronics 
Matt Hague
Executive Director – Product Strategy
Wayne Watling
Metropolitan Police Commercial Vehicle Unit
James Backhouse
Backhouse Jones
Tony Bowen
LCV Project Manager
Brigade Electronics
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