Our 2018 Industry Fleet Forum, held on Thursday 20 September at the BT Tower, was a chance for more than 100 fleet professionals to debate how clean air and alternative fuels will impact the future of the industry.
The event coincided with the launch of the third annual Operational Fleet Report, published by Fleet Solutions from BT and The AA. In his opening presentation, Henry Brace, managing director of Fleet Solutions, outlined some of the key findings. Discover them for yourself by downloading the Operational Fleet Report.
Hosted by news anchor Huw Edwards, we held seminars and panel discussions on a range of topics related to clean air and alternative fuels. With such an emotive topic, guests were keen to share their experiences and ask questions of the expert speakers.
Simon Alcock from Client Earth, a group of lawyers working against climate change, started the day with a reminder of the reasons why clean air is so essential to public health. Phil Killingley from the Department of Transport then outlined the initiatives the Government are working on to achieve ‘The Road to Zero’. Then trade bodies, fuel specialists and manufacturers shared their insights.
In previous years, the Industry Fleet Forum has proven its ability to set the news agenda. 2018 was no exception. Jay Parmar, policy and membership director at BVRLA (the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association), announced that – from 1 January 2019 – fleet operators will be able to apply for BVRLA membership. A welcome development for everyone who attended.
Another fascinating talk came from Nick Molden of Emissions Analytics. He questioned whether current clean air guidelines on diesel vehicles are fit for purpose. Sometimes the 'dirty diesel’ tag gets put on vehicles that have proved they’re cleaner than other accepted models during tests. This shouldn’t happen.
As the forum ended, guests headed to the top of the tower for the evening’s entertainment; a talk from special guest Lord Coe, who’s no stranger to achieving the highest level of performance.
After the successful event, Henry Brace said: "The Industry Fleet Forum and the Operational Fleet Report have become well-established as a vital source of industry information and debate. So when we looked at the fleet landscape in 2018, it was clear that one burning issue dominated the conversation. Alternative fuels."
"The event gave me a renewed appreciation for how complex the challenges are that face this industry, but also the commitment that everybody shares to find solutions that are environmentally progressive and economically sound."
"This is only the start of what I hope will be a more collaborative approach towards clean air strategy. We brought together the voices of legislators, fleet operators, trade bodies, manufacturers and fuel providers."
"I’d like to thank everybody who made this year’s event the best yet. I urge anybody who hasn’t already done so to download the Operational Fleet Report and join the debate."