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Transport and land use integration to reduce energy consumption and emissions, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 24 October 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
Transport and land use integration to reduce energy consumption and emissions, London

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On day three (24 October) of the Global Engineering Congress (GEC), join this free-to-attend evening lecture, organised in collaboration with The Transport Planning Society (TPS).

The lecture will explore the role of integrated transport and land use planning in reducing travel demand and minimising its negative impacts, and the policies and planning tools required.

Political and legal pressure on cities to address poor air quality has dominated much of the urban transport planning debate in recent years, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have received less attention. Yet the transport sector constitutes a large and growing proportion of total energy consumption and emissions in the UK and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The Transport Planning Society recently published a set of principles stressing the importance of managing demand by working with spatial planners to minimise the need for movement of people or goods, and supporting options that encourage the least damaging alternatives.

The session will be chaired by Keith Buchan, TPS Skills Director, with time for a panel debate and audience questions. 


Ewa Kmietowicz, Committee on Climate Change, will present scenarios for emissions reduction and the role of transport demand.  

Martin Tedder, Transport for London, will present the recent Mayor’s Transport Strategy and draft London Plan as an example of transport and land use integration. 

Steve Melia, University of West England, will discuss how energy and emissions from transport demand can be reduced further, and reflect on the role that integrated transport and land use planning has to play.


The lecture will also include a panel debate and time for audience questions. Delegates will have the opportunity to network and continue the discussions  in the ICE Cafe Bar.

About GEC

The Global Engineering Congress is bringing together the worldwide engineering community to look at how we can trigger real change and deliver the outcomes specified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The programme offers 5 full days of multi-streamed content. 2,000-plus engineers will take part in a practical programme designed to produce answers that can improve the lives of millions around the world. Don’t miss your chance to take part.


18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main lecture
19:10 Questions and answers session
19:25 Summation from the Chair
19:30 Networking  in the ICE Café Bar
20:00 Finish


Ewa Kmietowicz

Ewa Kmietowicz leads the transport and land use team at the Committee on Climate Change, which is responsible for advising government on how to achieve its 2050 greenhouse gas target. She leads on setting out pathways to decarbonise the transport sector, with the latest advice covering the period to 2030. Transport demand is critical to this and has been of increasing interest to the Committee in recent years given its important role in delivering cost-effective abatement as well as delivering numerous co-benefits. She was closely involved in the work of the Leeds University Commission on Travel demand and wrote a blog about the need to take account of the changing pattern of travel. Ewa has been a government economist for over 20 years, having previously worked on The EU Emissions Trading System and the Renewable Energy Directive at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Martin Tedder

Martin Tedder has fourteen years’ experience of developing plans, strategies and policies for cities across the world. He is currently at TfL where he leads on economic and strategic planning issues, working with the GLA and the boroughs to integrate land use and transport policy and making the case for major investment to support growth. He has recently been involved in the development of the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy and the draft London Plan. Before that, he spent eleven years as a consultant at Atkins where he led projects to improve infrastructure delivery and urban policy in India, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as working extensively with local authorities in the UK on their Local Plans. During this time he led Atkins’ ‘Future Proofing Cities’ initiative which considered how cities in developing countries could use strategic planning to reduce energy consumption and adapt to a changing climate.

Steve Melia

Steve Melia is a Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning at the University of the West of England.  His research concerns the relationship between transport and the built environment, with a particular focus on traffic removal (see www.trafficremoval.uk) and alternatives to car-based development.  His book Urban Transport Without the Hot Air (UIT Cambridge, 2015) aimed to expose popular myths in transport planning and propose sustainable solutions.  Steve advised the UK Departments of Transport and of Communities and Local Government on transport aspects of the Eco-towns programme in 2008/9 and has more recently given evidence to the London Assembly Transport Committee and Cambridgeshire County Council about the future transport planning of London and Cambridge.  Before starting an academic career, he was a parliamentary candidate, Community Development Manager and freelance journalist. A selection of his writing for Local Transport Today and other professional publications is on: www.stevemelia.co.uk.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Sach Sandhu

e: [email protected]