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Pollution in Bristol: Our Emissions and Transport

  • Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 07:45 to Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 10:30
  • Zoom - Worldwide, ,
  • The Future Economy Network
  • smes, BAME communities, anyone affected by pollution, anyone wanting to know more about air quality/improve air quality, businesses, start ups, students, elderly, families with children in deprived wards


We are keeping a close eye on all updates in relation to COVID-19. Our October events are now online, and include the same opportunities to network, take part in live discussion and the option to do a 60 second pitch!

There is much to discuss when it comes to Bristol's pollution. What is the current situation with our transport and emissions? How is it monitored and what can we do to create better air quality for all? What are the benefits of improving your air quality?
Come along to discuss the benefits of improving air quality in Bristol on UK Clean Air Day.

This event is sponsored by The Future Economy Network members Stantec, a top tier global consultancy at the forefront of planning, design and delivery of infrastructure and development in the UK.

We will welcome Network members TLT LLP, Stantec, University West of England, Bristol City Council and University of Bath to speak.

Sam Akehurst, Professor of Advanced Powertrain Systems, University of Bath

Sam will discuss how the automotive sector are planning to meet the challenges of improving air quality and a net zero CO2 environment. He will highlight the challenges of moving to a fully electric vehicle fleet and the fact the electric vehicles are not an immediate panacea. He will also discuss the effect of vehicle on non-exhaust emissions and the need to change peoples’ behaviour to car use.

Steve Crawshaw, Air and Environment Programme Coordinator, Bristol City Council
Steve will be presenting material on the air quality situation in Bristol, with reference to recent monitoring data and trends, the effect of the COVID – 19 lockdown and the council’s plans to secure compliance with the legal objectives for nitrogen dioxide.

Dr Jo Barnes, Senior Research Fellow, AQMRC, UWE Bristol

In many ways, the potential benefits of improving air quality are simply the removal of the disbenefits, for example on public health. However, there is also much more to be gained, not least in reducing congestion and carbon emissions. In this talk we will explore some of the other potential benefits of improving air quality, in case helping to relieve  approximately 40k premature deaths nationally per annum wasn’t incentive enough!


07:45 - 07:50 - Registration

07:50 - 08:10 - Welcome and Facilitated Networking

08:10 - 08:20 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:20 - 08:25 - Handover from Maria Connolly, TLT

08:25 - 08:30 – Introduction by Nicole Holland, Stantec

08:30 – 08:45 – Sam Akehurst, University of Bath

08:45 - 08:55 - Questions for Sam

08:55 - 09:10 - Steve Crawshaw, Bristol City Council

09:10 - 09:20 - Questions for Steve

09:20 - 09:35 - Jo Barnes, UWE

09:35 - 09:45 - Questions for Jo

09:45 - 09:55 - Summary by Nicole Holland, Stantec

09:55 - 10:05 - Final Questions to All Speakers

10:05 - 10:10 - 60 Second Pitches

10:10 - 10:15 - Close

10:15 - 10:30 – Optional Facilitated Networking

Meet Our Speakers!

Nicole Holland, Air Quality Scientist, Stantec

Nicole Holland is an Air Quality Scientist with over seven years of experience within the environmental sector, including over four years of experience in air quality. She has undertaken air quality assessments for a wide range of projects throughout the UK, and is experienced in assessing the effects of air quality on both human and ecological sensitive locations.

Sam Akehurst, Professor of Advanced Powertrain Systems, University of Bath

Sam is also Deputy Academic Director of the Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS), a new £70M research institute on the Bristol and Bath Science Park opening in early 2021. He leads research into future low emissions and zero emissions propulsion systems with UK and global vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and McLaren. He also studies the effect of vehicle design on real driving emissions and the impact of driver behaviour on vehicle emissions.

Steve Crawshaw, Air and Environment Programme Coordinator, Bristol City Council
Steve has worked for Bristol City Council for over 20 years as a project manager in the sustainability and climate change service. He has worked on a variety of projects but has been mainly focussed on air quality management.

Dr Jo Barnes, Senior Research Fellow, AQMRC, UWE Bristol

Jo has 16 years' experience working in air quality management, policy and practice research working with and on behalf of numerous local authorities, Defra and the Devolved Administrations, other Member States, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission. Jo's main research interests are in urban air pollution, particularly from road traffic, helping to understand and raise awareness of the health impacts and environmental justice issues relating to local air pollution, and other urban stressors, to shape and influence policies to improve public health in towns and cities globally.

This event is sponsored by Stantec.
Stantec is a top tier global consultancy, working with clients and communities in the UK for over 150 years. Stantec has consistently been at the forefront of planning, design and delivery of infrastructure and development in the UK. Stantec’s dedicated air quality team specialises in undertaking air quality work for a wide variety of development projects, as well as providing support to Local Authorities

This event welcomes BAME communities affected by Bristol's pollution. If you live in one of Bristol's deprived wards and would like support in attending this event, please email us at

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