Truth, myth, risk, responsibility, opportunity and hope. These six words will help unpack the future of the most miraculous but toxic and indestructible material of the 20th century. Sian Sutherland , Co-founder of A Plastic Planet, will explains why, where there is change, there is always opportunity. She will explain what materials and system innovations will help wean us from plastic and change how we take, make and waste forever.
This session will explore some initiatives that can enable companies to tackle their supply chain emissions successfully and why economics should not present a barrier to achieving net-zero supply chain emissions.
9:45 - 10:10: Net Zero Logistics: from mitigation to sequestration - Alan McKinnon
- Many companies are now aiming to make their logistics operations ‘net zero’ by 2050 or earlier, but what does net zero mean in the context of logistics? By how much can we realistically reduce logistics emissions by 2050 and how can the logistics sector support ‘negative emission’ efforts to remove greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere? Professor McKinnon’s presentation will discuss both the mitigation and sequestration sides of ‘net zero’ from a logistics perspective.
10:10 - 10:25: What does the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan mean for you? - Dr Bob Moran
10:25 - 11:00: Why it’s important to be ambitious on the road to net zero - Gabrielle Ginér, Sonya Bhonsle, Catherine Westoby
- This presentation from Gabrielle, Catherine and Sonya will focus on the role and importance of supply chain collaboration in getting to zero. Hear from BT, CDP and BEIS on their initiatives and how collaboration between businesses, NGOs, investors, policy-makers and others is key to engaging with suppliers (large and small) to achieve net zero.
In this session, we will investigate how through the use of IoT, AI and Blockchain, companies can reduce GHGs, optimise routes, reduce waste, ensure efficient transactions with suppliers, improve worker safety and mitigate risks.
11:15 - 11:40: The role of logistics in Arla’s ambition to lead sustainable dairy in the UK - James Pirie
- As the UK’s biggest dairy company and the nation’s fourth-biggest food company, Arla Foods recognises that it has a big responsibility when it comes to the environment. It is committed to achieving net zero right across its supply chain by 2050, and a key element in achieving that ambition is sustainable logistics. In this presentation James will set out what his team is doing to transform the impact of their operations including through the use of innovative technology.
11:40 - 12:05: Electrifying the UK road freight system - David Cebon
- his presentation will discuss the results of a recent study into electrifying UK logistics operations. If is fair to say that the main challenge is not in the vehicle technology, but in the electrical charging systems. So what sort of charging infrastructure would be needed for electric HGVs to provide the same logistics services as the existing diesel fleet in the UK? Attend this talk and find out!
The electrification of road transport and zero emission cars and lorries will not solve all our problems, but they will help a great deal. Getting there is another matter entirely. Fleet operators must make purchasing decisions soon for the vehicles in operation beyond 2030. Is a lack of credible vehicle solutions and refuelling/charging infrastructure preventing operators from fulfilling their commitments and delivering their agreed strategies? This session will look at the challenges that remain in this shift and explore how government can ease the transition.
This session will demonstrate examples of how embedded sustainability efforts result in a positive impact on business performance.
13:45 - 14:10: What Maplin is doing to be more sustainable, differentiated and profitable - Ollie Marshall & Matthew Barrie
- Ollie’s presentation will focus not only on the distributed supply chain model (overall less transportation of goods within its supply chain), but also on e-commerce packing/ship-in-own container and how Maplin is using packaging that can go straight into the courier network without an outboxing (i.e. less wasteful packaging), and finally instant and sustainable delivery (Gorillas & Quiver), working with partners that only use electric bikes/vans/mopeds/vehicles to deliver its orders and in less time (differentiation). These initiatives combined have allowed Maplin to transition from the High Street to one of the fastest-growing e-commerce brands in the retail market.
14:10 - 14:35: Where Is the Intersection of Environmental and Operational Efficiency? - Eva James
- How can we simultaneously prioritise end-to-end costs, time constraints, and now carbon efficiencies? They are all critical factors in our supply chain management strategies, but is there a barrier to bringing carbon into the discussion? Will emissions considerations negatively disrupt the operational status quo? Sustainable solutions are collaborative and data-driven by nature; it is important to realise how they will contribute to your existing, decision-making processes. This presentation will explore the challenges and benefits of integrating and aligning your company’s environmental and business performance goals to build up and maintain a sustainable supply chain.
This session will explore how to balance sustainable environmental protection with economic considerations.
14:50 - 15:15: Re-wind not rewind: a vision of shipping 4.0 - Gavin Allwright
- Gavin will discuss how the integration of wind propulsion technologies into global shipping could effectively finance the full decarbonisation of shipping over the next three decades. His presentation will reveal a more holistic approach to both shipping and how that integrates into the global supply chain. This has the potential to move shipping from a hard-to-abate sector towards a decarbonisation pioneer.
15:15 - 15:40: Modal Shift - overcoming the challenge of decarbonising trunk haulage - Julian Worth
- Transport decarbonisation focusses very largely on reducing CO2 emissions from individual modes, but this misses the point that switching mode can produce substantial carbon savings, not only in the future but today. Electrically-hauled trains are a fully proven, mature technology for moving freight, in volume, over long distances with near-zero carbon emissions, given renewable or nuclear energy. Carbon reductions of 60-70% compared with HGVs can be achieved within weeks using existing diesel locomotives. Julian will discuss how modal switch to rail is already occurring in the UK and highlight considerable scope for the future.
Closing Panel Debate – How sustainable warehouses can satisfy stakeholders, improve the bottom line and prioritise the planetThe warehouse is a vital element of an efficient, sustainable supply chain. Regardless of what industry a warehouse serves, companies utilising warehouse logistics will do well to not view warehousing as simply a means to store raw materials and finished goods. This panel discuss will feature leaders discussing approaches including but not limited to automating both warehouse solutions and management processes, increasing energy efficiency within a warehouse, and optimising warehouse design.
Tuesday April 26th