Zero carbon and zero road deaths
Does less traffic mean safer traffic?
21st October 10.00 – 13.00 ONLINE
In November the UK government will host the UN COP 26 global summit on climate change, intended to put the world on a binding path to containing global warming. Transport will inevitably form a significant part of the agenda as it contributes around one third of global emissions. PACTS wants to demonstrate that safety is relevant to this agenda, both as an enabler of carbon reduction measures and to ensure that safety objectives are not compromised.
We will host a conference Zero carbon and zero road deaths – does less traffic mean safer traffic? It will be held online on Thursday 21 October 2021, 10.00-13.00.
The aim is also to explore the relationship between these two policy agendas, and the road safety implications of following zero carbon policies. How should the UK ensure that less traffic, more public transport, more walking and cycling, as well as electric / hydrogen vehicles etc lead to zero road deaths as well as zero carbon? This will be particularly relevant as the UK Government develops its new road safety framework and implementation plan, as announced in July.
The dramatic fall in traffic and public transport use, and increases in cycling and micromobility, and the impacts on speeds and casualties that occurred in 2020 provide new sights. The detailed statistics were published on 30 September and will be presented at the conference.
The programme will comprise presentations by a range of experts and panels for discussion and audience Q&A, with chat and live polls for delegates to contribute. It will include:
- Matthew Lugg OBE, Head of Profession, Local Government, WSP: The UK Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan
- Richard Owen, Director of Agilysis: Lessons from 2020 and implications for road safety.
- Dr Anthony Laverty, Imperial College: Safety and traffic impacts of LTNs
- Professor Fred Wegman, University of Delft: Safety implications of the new travel mix
- Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Institute: A new traffic safety paradigm
- Liz Brooker MBE, Press and Communication Officer, Road Safety GB London: Panellist
- Bernd Marx Shell Group General Manager – High Risk Transport (Road & Rail Safety): Panellist
- Jerome Sewell, Head of Rolltech – Panellist
- Teresa Ciano, Partnership Manager, GoSafe Wales: Panellist
Introduction by David Davies, Executive Director, PACTS
It will be chaired by Mary Creagh CBE, former MP and Chair of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, and Stephen Joseph OBE, Transport Policy Consultant, visiting professor at University of Hertfordshire
Online attendance is free for delegates who register in advance.
Speakers – further speaker announcements soon