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Travelling in the Right Direction

Yorkshire's Low Carobon Transport and City Infrastructure: Travelling in the Right Direction.  Forum and Networking Leeds.

We would be delighted if you would join us at the Leeds EcoConnect Forum on 15 October, 5-8pm.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Squire Sanders LLP
2 Park Lane, Leeds LS3 1ES

Transport currently generates about 25% of the UK’s emissions. If sustainable travel is to become ‘fit for purpose’ and low carbon targets achieved, then consumers and transport managers/planners need to make strategic decisions about public/private journey options and city managers need to look to infrastructure provision to support behavioural change.

There are opportunities: The Mini Stern Review for Leeds estimates £847 million of cost effective, energy-efficient, low carbon investment opportunities are available in the transport sector in the Leeds City Region.

But there are also challenges, not least over declining bus use and the uptake of electric vehicles.

The issues surrounding this will be debated by our expert panel:

  • Glenn Saint, Deputy CEO, Optare
  • John Henkel, Director of Passenger Services WYPTE
  • Councillor James Lewis, Chair Metro/West Yorkshire Transport Authority
  • Dr James Tate, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Moderator: Jeremy Barnett, St Paul's Chambers


Topics for discussion include:

  • Is the new infrastructure required to meet plug-in vehicle roll-out targets sufficiently supported through policy and incentives?
  • Is infrastructure development the real solution or does more need to be done to stimulate consumer demand?
  • Should demand be driven in the public rather than the private sector, eg. fleet take-up?
  • Are incentives to reduce low carbon vehicle running costs clearly explained/understood?
  • What is the role of innovation and the supply chain?
  • How will carbon emissions be understood and measured in the future?  
  • What is the role of fuel prices – should these be raised to stimulate demand?


Followed by a drinks and networking reception hosted by Squire Sanders LLP.

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