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EY hosts our next research transport round table

We will be holding our next transport research round table at EY's More London Place offices where discussions will centre on expanding the topics of infrastructure around electric vehicle adoption and the use of new technologies in transport fuels, which were discussed initially at our City Hall, London event, 'The Making of the Modern City' last month.

The Guardian newspaper reported in April this year that a '£400 million government plan to build electric car charging points looks likely to be significantly delayed in a blow to car manufacturers and efforts to tackle air pollution.' While the BBC reported that Councillor Michael Michael, Cabinet member for the environment in Cardiff, said the city's air quality is below the recommended level and 'well below' other UK cities, so supplementary planning guidance will be discussed by cabinet to increase the opportunity for developers to include electric charging points at residential properties at proposed developments'.

Director in EY's Global Infrastructure team, Chris Pateman-Jones, started his career at Bechtel Corporation, one of the world's major EPC companies. After working across the Middle East, Chris joined EY Global based in the UK. Chris thinks that some leading UK industry sectors do not fully understand the opportunity that electric vehicle production is currently offering.

Among our other contributors will be Dan Wells, Partner at investor Foresight Group, who joined the firm in 2012 and works in the company's expanding infrastructure team. He is responsible for managing the deployment of Foresight's energy infrastructure strategy in new and existing markets, including fundraising for Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners, a dedicated institutional infrastructure fund targeting £500 million, which will invest in global energy infrastructure projects.

Heleni Pantelidou, Associate Director in Arup's Infrastructure team and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers taskforce on London's air quality will also be present at the round table. She is a civil/geotechnical engineer with a keen interest in Low Carbon Infrastructure and Sustainable Development.

Additionally Cross River Partnership's (CRP) Transport and Sustainability officer, Tom Linton Smith will report on grid readiness, freight electrification and last-mile logistics. CRP has produced a report on behalf of the Central London Sub Regional Transport Partnership, looking at the issue of local electricity supply in the transition to Electric Freight Vehicles (EFV's)

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