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Air Quality and Emissions Seminar - #FoSB

  • Environment Agency Horizon House, Deanery Road Bristol, BS1 5AH (map)

The Future Economy Network is proud to be presenting this seminar with Vattenfall, University of the West of England (UWE), Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Environment Agency exploring what’s needed in Bristol (and beyond) to ensure that our air quality is improved.


Bristol (and other cities) are above legal limits for their air quality. This seminar will discuss how air quality can be improved both for health and wellbeing reasons but also to be in line with climate emergency targets of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. We will discuss challenges and opportunities, practical scenarios, associated regulation and funding to deliver cleaner air.

Jim Longhurst, Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE: The Clean Air Strategy 2019 – Is this a New Start for the Management of Air Quality?

Jim Longhurst will chair the seminar and begin the event by providing short overview exploring  the causes and impacts  of air pollution as well as the mitigation measures to address the problem including actions proposed in the new Clean air Strategy.

Joe Swift, Senior Advisor, Environment Agency: The Role of the Environment Agency in Air Quality

Noah Nkonge, Solutions Manager, Vattenfall Heat UK: The role of heat networks in air quality seminar

Exposure to air pollution is one the UK’s biggest public health challenges, shortening lifespans and damaging quality of life for many people. It affects the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society and also harms the environment. A recent report concluded that around 300 deaths each year in the City of Bristol can be attributed to the effects of air pollution. There has quite rightly been a strong focus on air pollution from vehicles. It is equally important that we focus on other sources which account for more than half of all air pollution, including the burning of gas to heat our homes and the buildings we work in. Heating our buildings more efficiently through the use of heat networks provides a way for Bristol to improve air quality while also combatting climate change and reducing heating bills. Noah Nkonge, Solutions Manager at Vattenfall will talk about the key role that heat networks have to play in heating our buildings so that we can reduce air pollution in our cities and fight climate change at the same time.

Ian Preston, Head of Household Energy Services, Centre for Sustainable Energy: Fuel poverty and air quality


9:30 – 9:55 – Registration and tea & coffee

9:55 – 10:00 – Introduction from The Future Economy Network

10:00 – 10:20 – Jim Longhurst, UWE

10:20 – 10:40 – Joe Swift, Environment Agency

10:40 – 11:00 – Noah Nkonge, Vattenfall Heat UK

11:00 – 11:20 – Ian Preston, Centre for Sustainable Energy

11:20– 11:55 – Panel discussion

11:55 – 12:00 – Closing remarks

12:00 – 12:30 – Networking

After 12:30 – Visit exhibition and have lunch at Millennium Square


As part of your ticket, you will receive a lunch voucher to exchange at our Sustainable Food Zone at Millennium Square.


Jim Longhurst, Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE

Jim is Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Air Quality Management Resource Centre and also provides executive leadership for the WHO Collaborating Centre on Healthy Urban Environments. He has over 30 years’ experience of research leadership specialising in air quality and carbon management. He has published over 250 papers, book chapters and edited works in the peer reviewed literature. His national roles include Vice President of the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences, Honorary Vice President of Environmental Protection UK and Director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC. His research has been supported by many sources including the UK Government and Devolved Administrations, the EU, UK Research Councils (NERC, EPSRC, ESRC), the Environment Agency, the European Environment Agency, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency, the Academy of Sciences of South Africa and the European Commission amongst others. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of Society for the Environment, a Chartered Scientist and one of the first Chartered Environmentalist’s in the UK.

Noah Nkonge, Solutions Manager, Vattenfall Heat UK

Noah is a Solutions Manager at Vattenfall Energy Solutions UK, responsible for generating low carbon energy solutions to meet the needs of major building projects. His background is a multi-disciplinary energy engineer with expertise in heat networks and energy masterplanning.

Ian Preston, Head of Household Energy Services, Centre for Sustainable Energy

Ian leads CSE’s Household Energy Services team which spans energy advice and retrofit schemes, principally across Avon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Ian is a leading expert on fuel poverty and energy justice, with a breadth of experience through practical and research and policy projects covering fuel poverty and energy policy. Ian has strengthened and expanded CSE’s home energy advice function, working to build links with other agencies and with local contractors, local authorities, the health sector, energy companies and government. Ian sits on Bristol’s No Cold Homes Steering Group. Having previously worked within CSE’s research team and at the University of Birmingham as a researcher, Ian brings a detailed understanding of government policy and statistics to his current role. He has worked at CSE since 2001.

Joe Swift, Senior Advisor, Environment Agency

Joe is a senior advisor in the ‘Public Health and Air Quality Team’ at the Environment Agency working to protect public health and wellbeing, and also providing strategic advice on a range of air quality matters including Defra's Clean Air Strategy and the air quality monitoring networks. With over 15 years’ experience in environment and sustainability Joe specialises in air quality, greenhouse gas management and environmental management systems. Joe has was worked as a senior consultant and lead advisor in both the public and public sector, and is award winning for his Corporate Social Responsibility work.

The Future Economy Group are working with carbon offset provider, The Converging World to calculate Festival attendee’s carbon footprint. Attendees for the seminars have the option to add this to their ticket price when completing their Eventbrite booking, with a suggested donation of £1 per attendee. It is hoped that this will help those attending to consider their carbon footprint in their everyday activities. For those who decide against offsetting their carbon, The Future Economy Group will make their payment. All payments will be made to our chosen charity, The Converging World. Find out more information here.

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