Key Issues For Delivering Low Emission Zones in Scotland

This event will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the policy priorities for introducing Low Emission Zones in Scotland.

Cleaning up Scotland’s air and roads

The Scottish Government introduced its Transport Bill in June 2018, with a key proposal being the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZs), designed to improve air quality by restricting the access to vehicles that do not meet new emissions targets, across Scotland’s four major cities by 2020.

The first of these LEZs is due to come into force in Glasgow on 31 December 2018, amid criticism from both environmental and passenger transport groups. Meanwhile an Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee report into Scotland's air quality has raised concerns about the ability of local authorities to effectively deliver LEZs by 2022, citing issues with timescales, resources and expertise.

Join Holyrood on 31 October to hear the latest best practice on delivering LEZs and find out what you need to prepare for their wider rollout across Scotland.

Key issues we will address with you

  • Contextualising LEZs
  • Consider the impact of LEZs on improving air quality
  • Implications of LEZs for motorists, passenger transit and the freight industry
  • Latest thinking and best practice from local authorities on delivering LEZs

Who will benefit from attending?

  • Local authorities
  • Motorist groups
  • Environmental charities
  • Bus companies
  • Freight and delivery companies
  • Environmental lawyers
  • Fleet managers


09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Professor Campbell Gemmell, Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde

10:05 Session 1: Low Emission Zones in Context

  • Relationship between clean air and health
  • Roundtable on key stakeholder concerns

Dr Colin Ramsay, Consultant Epidemiologist, Health Protection Scotland

10:25 Questions and Comments from the floor

10:40 Interactive Roundtable Discussion

11:25 Refreshments and Networking

12:00 Session 2: Balancing Environmental and Economic Impact

  • Assess whether LEZs are radical enough to improve Scotland’s air quality
  • Supporting key industries affected by LEZs
  • Partnership working that improves air quality and meets the needs of business

12:00 Road Haulage and LEZs

  • Technology
  • Finances
  • Moving forwards/points to consider

Martin Reid, Policy Director (Scotland and NI), Road Haulage Association

12:20 An Economy And An Environment for People, Not Vehicles

  • LEZs for environmental and economic benefits
  • How LEZs and complimentary measures help to meet wider national priorities

Alexander Quayle, Senior Policy Officer, Sustrans Scotland

12:40 Revving up for Low Emission Zones 

  • Mitigating the economic impact of LEZs for smaller businesses
  • The need for a national approach – the Transport (Scotland) Bill 

Barry McCulloch, Senior Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Business

13:00 Questions and Comments

13:20 Lunch and Networking

13:55 Session 3: Best Practice and Latest Thinking on LEZ Delivery

  • Discussion of Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee report on challenges of LEZs for local authorities
  • Innovative case studies from local authorities on LEZ delivery

14:00 Delivering Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone 

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability, Glasgow City Council

14:20 Questions and Comments from the floor

14:55 Chairs closing remarks

Professor Campbell Gemmell, Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde

15:00 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change


Novotel, 80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635


31 October 2018



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