SMMT make air quality the focus of event

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 09:00
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Euro-6 technology has meant scenes like this are a thing of the past

SMMT to showcase commercial vehicles’ contribution to improving air quality in the UK.

SMMT will host a debate in February on the bus, coach and commercial vehicle sectors contribution to improving air quality. Aimed at national and local government policy stakeholders, fleet operators and vehicle manufacturers, the event will showcase the latest clean air technology embedded in new buses, trucks and vans, and investigate potential policy frameworks for clean air in the UK.

Commercial vehicles are vital to all of our daily lives – every item on a store shelf in the UK will have been transported by truck, while buses and coaches make up more than 50% of European public transport travel.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Buses, coaches, vans and trucks are crucial to the functioning of the UK. Manufacturers have invested heavily in clean Euro-6 technology, which is already playing a vital role in reducing all emissions and making significant improvements to air quality.

“However, as this new air quality event will show, vehicle technology is only part of the solution. To help it reach its full potential, we now need to engage policy makers, operators and manufacturers to facilitate a cohesive and sustainable transport policy framework. UK government and local authorities must work together with industry to support the uptake of Euro-6 vehicles. Effective traffic management policies and systems – such as low emission zones – need to be developed in and around the UK’s towns and cities.”

The roundtable will address concerns about emissions hotspots, and demonstrate how the latest vehicle technology is already playing a vital role in delivering on strict targets for UK emissions reductions. Delegates will hear from commercial vehicle and bus manufacturers, including Ford, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, Optare and Renault Trucks UK, who will demonstrate how new and emerging technology, including the latest Euro-6 compliant diesel vehicles, have the potential to all but eliminate diesel nitrogen oxides (NOx) tailpipe emissions.

‘SMMT Improving Air Quality: The Commercial Vehicle Contribution’ is an invite-only event in London on 11 February 2015

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