The Commission’s research hub will be the most comprehensive resource for road air quality research. This research is used by working parties and members to provide evidence to help shape future policy and improve legislation.
Dr James Tate researches the evolution of road transport fleets and its air quality impacts. He has established himself as a leading International road transport emissions and urban air quality academic. His research innovations include pioneering vehicle emissions remote sensing measurements in the UK, which helped expose the under-performance of modern diesel vehicles emission controls. He uses his knowledge and research capability to design, realise, and assess Clean Air Zones’ impact while also promoting Low Emission Vehicles. He helps shape the UK Air Quality strategy through projects with DEFRA, DfT and Transport for London.
“The UK plans to ban sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered passenger cars by 2035, but will the rapid evolution and falling prices of battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology vehicles mean sales of internal combustion engines are a rarity long before this date? Leadership is needed to help accelerate the move away from a road transport system driven by fossil fuels to one powered by clean and sustainable technology. Along this journey, every day and every decision counts, if we are to appease the impacts to our health and climate, which we aim to track and communicate to encourage the public, policy makers and industry to take that next step.”Dr. James Tate. Chair of the Research Working Party
- Synthesise UK and International research to provide clear, compelling evidence that helps accelerate efforts to manage road traffic demand and the shift to cleaner and zero-emission vehicles.
- Plug knowledge gaps that hinder and slow the change to shift to a cleaner, more sustainable and healthy road transport system for all.
- Provide research support to the other working parties.