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The Brussels Zero Emission Bus Conference follows the successful 4th edition held in Paris, France in November 2021. The 2023 event will be organised concurrently with @Busworld Europe 2023 in Belgium capital city of Brussels.

What to expect from ZEB 2023 – based on data from previous editions


As the home of Busworld Europe and European politics, accessible from all corners of Europe and with strong national commitments toward a fully decarbonised economy by 2050, Brussels provides the perfect location for ZEB 2023.

Accelerating the decarbonisation of collective road transport is critical to achieving these ambitious net-zero targets. ZEB 2023 will call on European manufacturers, policy makers and operators to scale up their zero emission ambitions to become global leaders in the transition to a zero-emission society.

The conference will be held for over four days, including networking opportunities and access to the Busworld Europe exhibition.

Previous editions

The 4th edition of the European Zero Emission Bus conference was held in Paris on 17th & 18th November 2021. The conference was held over two days at the Maison de la Chimie and attended by 400 attendees from the zero-emission bus sector. Experienced operators and industry experts outlined the pathways towards achieving full fleet transitions to zero emission.

What we accomplished:

  • A successful in person event during COVID-19, meeting COVID guidelines and regulations.
  • A digital QR code programme – No programmes were printed at this event, making it more environmentally friendly.
  • A conference with approximately 50 speakers in person and some virtual due to regulations in their country.
  • We ran shuttle bus tours with our sponsors Caetano and IVECO’s buses, one hydrogen and one battery electric.
  • 17 sponsors participated with exhibition booths; we received positive feedback from everyone looking forward to the next ZEB.

Throughout the autumn of 2020, the organisers hosted a series of free webinars in the lead up to the 4th conference edition in Paris 2021.

The ZEBINAR programme covered key elements of the transition to zero emission. Participants heard directly from operators on how they are integrating zero emission vehicles into their bus fleets; industry representatives developing zero emission infrastructure and vehicles; and policy makers developing the next phase of European directives.

The programme covered the following topics:

Zero Emission Buses & The Green Recovery – Tuesday 22nd September 2020
An overview of the policy framework and strategies for accelerating zero emission bus deployment in Europe. Speakers discussed how zero emission buses can play a part in Europe’s green recovery strategy.

Transforming Infrastructure: HYDROGEN – Tuesday 13th October 2020
Industry representatives discussed solutions for rolling out affordable infrastructure and pathways to green hydrogen.

Transforming Infrastructure: BATTERY – Tuesday 10th November 2020
Industry representatives and bus operators discussed solutions for rolling out affordable and reliable recharging infrastructure. Speakers tackled topics including connection to the grid, interoperability, and smart charging solutions.

Optimising Operations: Considerations For A Full Fleet Conversion – Tuesday 1st December 2020
Operators shared their experiences and best practices of operating ZE buses. Speakers shared their practical solutions for integrating zero emission buses into their existing fleets and plans for transitioning to fully zero emission fleets in the 2020s.

The 2nd edition of the European Zero Emission Bus conference was held in Cologne on the 27th & 28th November 2018. 

With over 350 attendees, the European Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) conference 2018 successfully brought together an audience of policy makers, bus manufacturers, operators, local authorities and industry experts.

The 1st edition of the Zero Emission Bus conference was held in London on 30th November 2016. Over 250 high level stakeholders from 22 countries attended the event, including representatives from local authorities, transit operators, industry, and national and financial regulatory and funding agencies held lively discussions around zero emission bus (ZEB) technologies’ readiness levels and commercialisation paths.

It was agreed unanimously that ZEB technologies are ready to be deployed globally.





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Venue & hotel

The European ZEB 2023 conference will be held at the Brussels Expo Centre, which is located in the North-West of Brussels, by the King Baudouin Stadium and Domaine Royal de Laeken.

Conference location:

The ZEB Conference 2023, as well as the coffee breaks, will take place in the Auditorium 500. The Auditorium 500 is located downstairs, in Hall 7, circled in red on the map below. Lunches will be held on the mezzanine, on the first floor of Hall 7. Tea and coffee can be found in the foyer, in front of the conference room (Auditorium 500 in Hall 7). The networking dinner in the evening of Day 2 will be held in a meeting room on the first floor of Hall 11, circled in yellow on the map below.

How to get there:

Please click here to find guidance and directions on driving to the Brussels Expo Centre. If you are travelling via public transport, the Brussels Expo Centre is a 5 minute walk from Heysel Station, on metro line 6 and light rail line 7. For travel via bus, please use the 83, 241 or 250 buses. Please consult the map, linked here, or the STIB-MIVB journey planner, linked here, for further guidance for public transport routes.


The European ZEB 2023 conference @Busworld Europe will be held at the Brussels Expo Centre, which is located in the north of the capital city of Belgium.

Busworld Europe hosts over 500 exhibitors, including the 80 most important bus builders in the world, suppliers of charging and fuelling infrastructure, energy management systems, providers of engines and powertrains, Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS), etc.

Busworld attracts 35 000 visitors coming from 143 countries.

The distinctiveness of the Brussel Expo Centre lies in the originality of its architecture, which dates to the early 1930s with architectural style of Art Deco. This functional venue offers a variety of settings for conferences, and naturally creates an environment beneficial to the exchange of ideas, while bringing together all the material and equipment necessary to ensure the success of an event such as the European Zero Emission Bus Conference.


Busworld Europe are partnered with Brussels Booking Desk. If you require accommodation when attending the ZEB conference then please visit Hotels | Busworld Europe 2023.

We recommend our attendees book early as the ‘European Week of Regions & Cities’ takes place during the same week, and this will affect availability and the rates of the rooms.

*Brussels Booking Desk is the only official housing partner of Busworld


General Enquiries
Element Energy

Eva Baker – Sponsorship & Speakers, Element Energy


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