Air Pollution: Vehicle Emissions, the T-charge and Evidence-Based Policy.

Date: Thursday 19 October 2017

Time: 09:30 - 11:30


Portcullis House
Portcullis House
Houses of Parliament
United Kingdom


Can evidence-based policy handle vehicle emissions’ effect on environment and health?
Evidence on the health effects of diesel emissions, and the revelations that car manufacturers were fiddling their emissions tests, have shocked the public and politicians alike.
However, suggestions to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme to compensate motorists received no mention in the Government’s draft air quality plan, which was published in May. The uncertainty has been met with dismay by drivers and vehicle fleet owners who thought they were acting in the country’s best interest by following government advice for climate change targets.
On 23 October 2017, London joins a growing number of cities around the world taking action against rising air pollution, with the introduction of a £10 vehicle pollution charge for all but the cleanest models.
Join the Royal Meteorological Society, Imperial College London, and the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, to hear experts answer questions on air pollution, health and the environment.


Stephen Doughty MP, Vice-Chair of the APPCCG


Geraint Davies MP, Vice-Chair of the APPG on Air Pollution, and sponsor of the Clean Air Bill 2016-17

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, former Deputy Mayor of London and Mayor's Green Transport Adviser

Prof. Paul Monks, Chair of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group and Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester

Prof. Martin Williams, previously Head of the Air and Environmental Quality Division at Defra and currently at King's College London

Prof. Helen ApSimon, Professor of Air Pollution Studies at Imperial College London


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TRAVEL INFORMATION | The Portcullis House (postcode SW1A 2LW) entrance is marked 4 on the map.

Rail and Underground - Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station, which is fully wheelchair accessible. Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations are about 20 minutes away by foot and have connecting buses.

Bus - Buses stop near Parliament Square in Victoria Street (opposite the Houses of Parliament) and further up towards Trafalgar Square, in Whitehall. All buses in London are now wheelchair accessible.

Walking - If you're travelling by foot, you can access Parliament by Westminster and Waterloo bridges. Both are wheelchair accessible, as are the Golden Jubilee pedestrian bridges (the old Hungerford Bridge), which connect the South Bank with Victoria Embankment.

Cycling - Members of the public cannot bring bicycles into the parliamentary estate. Public bicycle racks are a short distance away outside 7 Millbank. There are Cycle hire docking stations situated in Smith Square, which is a 5 minute walk away from Parliament, and on Abingdon Green, opposite Victoria Tower Gardens.

This meeting is supported by the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Envrionment at Imperial College London and the All Party Parliamentary climatechange Group and is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme.