GreenFleet delivers the annual LoCITY Conference

The LoCITY Annual Conference 2018 will be delivered by COMMERCIAL GreenFleet on 5 September at Kempton Park Racecourse, and will give freight and commercial vehicle operators working in and out of London the latest on air quality policies and information on lowering vehicle emissions

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is implementing tough measures to reduce London’s harmful air pollution to protect the health and wellbeing of Londoners.

Reducing vehicle emissions, particularly from older vehilces, plays a key part in this. Measures include the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone, which will come into force in April 2019, and will charge non compliant vehicles for entering the zone.     

What’s more, from 25 October 2021, the area will be expanded to the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads.

This poses a challenge for fleets with non-compliant vehicles operating in and out of London, especially for van and truck fleets given that there is no one-size-fits-all alternative fuel for commercial vehicles.

LoCITY is a programme born out of this need to lower the emissions of commercial vehicles.

The programme brings together a range of stakeholders and aims to support van and truck operators in the transition to a low emission fleet.

LoCITY is engaging, supporting and preparing freight and the fleet industry for the implementation of the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

Support for the industry
The LoCITY Annual Conference 2018 will be delivered by COMMERCIAL GreenFleet on 5 September, at Kempton Park Racecourse and will give freight and commercial vehicle operators working in and out of London an update on air quality policies, give advice about lowering emissions and share best practice.

There will be keynote presentations from leading figures in the industry, including representatives from LoCITY, the Department for Transport, as well as commercial vehicle operators sharing best practice. This will be chaired by Andy Eastlake, managing director of LowCVP.
A LoCITY ‘Drop-In Surgery’, combined with dedicated round table sessions, will offer expert advice.

What’s more, an ‘interactive debate’ will give delegates the chance to have their say on key issues raised on the day.Using handheld technology, instant voting means delegates will get the chance to help shape the future of transport in London.

There will also be break-out sessions with vehicle manufacturers and key suppliers, including test drive opportunities of the latest clean vans and trucks.

Breakfast, Lunch, and all day refreshments will provided too, enabling plenty of networking oportunities.

Conference
The first conference stream will tackle how to plan for a low carbon future. The Department for Transport will discuss the government’s Road to Zero strategy and other policies to shape the future of green motoring and transport.

Christina Calderato from Transport for London (TfL) will share information of London’s ULEZ and TfL’s Freight Action Plan.

Paul Wilkes from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) will explain how their Environmental Standards can help operators on the journey to a greener fleet.

Taking attention towards the organisations operating in and out of the capital, the next conference session will tackle how businesses can transition towards a low-carbon way of operating.

Dean Hedger from leasing and mobility firm Alphabet will talk about options to fund a ULEV commercial fleet, as well as end-of-life vehicles and remarketing.

Mark Barrett from van manufacturer’s LDV explain how to integrate electric vans into a fleet, referencing Royal Mail and IKEA as case studies.

There will also be Q&A and debate panel, chaired by LowCVP’s Andy Eastlake, which will include Mike Foster from the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) & NGV Network and Christina Calderato from Transport for London.

Other speakers will be confirmed in the coming days so keep an eye on the website.

Exhibitors
The LoCITY Conference, delivered by COMMERCIAL GreenFleet, will include opportunities to test drive the latest cleaner commercial vehicles, as well as chat to the companies supplying the industry.

Ford will be bringing its Transit PHEV which has an advanced hybrid system that enables a zero-emission range of 31 miles, and features the multi-award winning Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre petrol engine as a range extender.

Delegates will also get to drive LDV’s EV80 zero-emission van, which has a 120-mile range, as well as its tipper variant.

Van and truck manufacturer Iveco, which has sustainability at the core of its products, will be showcasing the electric and gas powered Daily, as well the Stralis NP.

The Electra full electric refuse collection vehicle will be present for test drives, as will a selection of large and small road sweepers and Bradshaw’s small electric utility trucks.

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