Birmingham is to host the world’s first zero emission vehicles summit in September, bringing policy makers, industry experts and opinion formers from around globe together to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.
Transport secretary, Chris Grayling said: “The government is committed to meeting our climate change targets and cleaning up our air and to help achieve that we are investing £1.5bn in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2021.
“This ground-breaking event shows Britain leading the way in developing the new technology that will create new jobs and help improve the air we breathe.
“And with a proud history in pioneering vehicle manufacturing, Birmingham is exactly the right location to showcase the innovations of the future.”
The news follows the Prime Minister’s landmark industrial strategy speech made earlier this year during which, Theresa May said it was the UK’s mission to be at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, making all new cars and vans effectively emission-free by 2040.
Midlands automotive heritage
Business secretary, Greg Clark said: “The Midlands has a rich automotive heritage and the growth of high-tech manufacturing across the region continues to drive investment into the region, produce highly skilled jobs and boost economic growth – making it an ideal place to lead the world in zero emission vehicles.
“Our modern industrial strategy sets out plans for the transition to ultra-low and zero emissions vehicle technology and this summit, bringing together global leaders in the green vehicle revolution, is an important step on the road to making that ambition a reality.”
The summit will continue at Cenex-LCV, the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event, held at Millbrook Proving Grounds on 12 September 2018.