Air Quality and Emissions seminar – The Festival of Sustainable Business, Environment Agency, Tuesday, 17. September 2019

The Future Economy Network is proud to be presenting this seminar exploring what’s needed in Bristol (and beyond) to ensure that our air quality is improved. They will be joined by representatives from University of the West of England (UWE), the Environment Agency and Vortex IoT.
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. The business opportunities associated with achieving improved air quality will be discussed as well as a summary of the associated funding opportunities.

Adrian Sutton, Vortex IoT
Adrian will deliver a thought-provoking view of the importance of the ‘Air that We Breathe’ and explain how emerging technologies and innovation will contribute to our ever-changing societal needs. Government and local authorities globally are coming under increasing legislative pressure to better monitor air quality, and to deploy and actively manage ‘clean air zones’ across our cities. By 2050 a huge populations shift will have resulted in 70% of the world’s populations living in urban areas. 44% of UK councils currently do not have fit-for-purpose air and pollution monitoring capabilities (The Independent, 2017). With a more stringent government Air Quality Plan about to come into force, councils **** significant fines if they are not compliant. Using emerging technologies Vortex IoT have developed a new Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) product that also provides revenue-generating opportunities for local authorities, and as a result will contribute to creating new urban business models that are essential as the shape of towns and cities changes over time.

9:30 – 9:55 – Registration and coffee
9:55 – 10:00 – Introduction from The Future Economy Network
10:00 – 10:10 – Introduction from the Environment Agency
10:10 – 10:30 – Jim Longhurst, UWE
10:30 – 10:50 – Adrian Sutton, Vortex IoT
10:50 – 11:10 – Representative from the Environment Agency
11:10 – 11:30 – Speaker tbc
11:30 – 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 (see below)
As part of your ticket, you will receive a lunch voucher to exchange at our Sustainable Food Zone at Millennium Square.


Adrian Sutton, Managing Director, Vortex IoT
Adrian is the Managing Director for Swansea at Vortex IoT, an IoT technology scale up focused on delivering innovative sensor and low power mesh network and edge solutions to industrial and harsh environments. Vortex IoT is working globally with an office in Singapore servicing the ASIA-PAC market, their customer base includes Tata Steel, Qatar Foundation, DELL EMC, BT, Hitachi and Network Rail. Prior to starting at Vortex IoT, Adrian spent 18 years worked as a Management Consultant delivering high-profile technology based enabled digital transformation projects. He is also a current IoD Wales Director of the Year, whilst the business has also recently won Innovation and Start-up of the Year awards for its IoT based environmental devices. Across 2018-2019 Vortex IoT have grown rapidly and delivered solutions into the heavy manufacturing sector, rail and smart city initiatives globally. Vortex IoT was also confirmed as a launch partner for Swansea University led Factory of the Future project.

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.

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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Tuesday, 17. September 2019, Environment Agency, Air Quality and Emissions seminar – The Festival of Sustainable Business

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