Clean Tech Delta and Dearman, the clean cold technology company, are to host a round table discussion event next week to consider air pollution and the role that emerging technologies can play in addressing it.

Air pollution is increasingly working its way into the centre of the environmental debate as public concern grows about the impact of emissions on health.

Recognising that transportation has a significant role to play in creating such emissions, the session will consider the potential for zero emission technologies to address the problem, the opportunity for businesses to take up new technologies and incentives that could boost mass adoption.

As one of the pre-eminent logistics hubs in northern Europe, Rotterdam has been selected to host the event because of the impact of transport emissions on the city and the concentration of world-class academic and industrial expertise in the area.

Open to interested businesses, policymakers, academics and the media, the roundtable event will be held on Monday 27th June at Drijvend Paviljoen, Tillemakade 99 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

It will be chaired by Clean Tech Delta, while Dearman will present its analysis of diesel transport emissions, providing perspectives on emerging clean transport technologies and the obstacles to be overcome.

”The answer must lie in technology and in working together as innovators, policymakers and businesses to bring about change that is positive for everyone…”

Toby Peters, Founder and Chief Executive of Dearman, commented, “The logistics industry is an essential part of modern life and of our international economy. It is also rapidly growing, with the number of refrigerated vehicles alone expected to boom around the world.”

“The challenge we are therefore presented with is how can we reduce all transport pollution, including CO2, refrigerants, NOx, particulate matter and even noise without damaging the companies that provide such an essential service? The answer must lie in technology and in working together as innovators, policymakers and businesses to bring about change that is positive for everyone. This discussion will generate useful awareness of the problem and hopefully some insight into the solution.”

Air quality is a major issue across Europe, with an estimated 400,000 people dying prematurely each year because of the air they breathe. Emerging technologies have a potential to address the emissions that analysis suggests is linked to this, and the roundtable event will discuss the role that both policymakers and business can play in driving uptake of more efficient, less polluting alternatives.