Seminar Programme

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Transport Correspondent
Keynote: Mega trends shaping the future of urban logistics

The transportation and logistics industry is undergoing a period of accelerating change and rapid technological advances. A range of trends, including a changing retail landscape, shifting customer expectations, connectivity and convergence, digital transformation and new business models, are giving rise to an exciting set of opportunities as well as complex challenges. This talk will provide an overview of the Mega Trends impacting our cities and how these will impact the urban freight and logistics sector. 

Principal Consultant
Visionary Innovation Group, Frost & Sullivan
Session One: Emission Control

We bring together experts to explore how air quality strategy will affect the urban freight sector, with a look at clean air zones, zero-emission ambition and low-emission vehicle trends emerging both in the UK and around the world.

  • Road to Zero – the freight sector journey:  Bob Moran, Deputy Director, Head of Environment Strategy, Department for Transport
    An overview of the government’s strategy in transitioning towards zero-emission vehicles and the role the freight and logistics sector will play in these ambitious plans 
  • The challenge of localised emissions regulations: Natalie Chapman, Head of Urban Policy and South of England, Freight Transport Association
    The Freight Transport Association will tackle the emerging challenge of localised air quality initiatives, such as Clean Air Zones, street-specific diesel bans, and how lack of consideration for freight vehicles can have serious implications for the supply chain.
  • Retrofit for HGVs: Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
    Learn about the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme and progress in technology suitable for helping non Euro-6 HGVs comply with city emissions regulations
  • Alternative fuel trends, a global city perspective: Tim Campbell, Director, Vahana Automotive
    Urban environments are destined to be one of the key battlegrounds and challenges for global commercial vehicle manufacturers and operators, so this session will highlight trends taking place in major cities across the world
  • Q&A and debate on air quality issues 

Deputy Director, Head of Environment Strategy
Department for Transport, UK
Head of South of England and Urban Policy
Freight Transport Association
Managing Director
Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
Vahana Automotive
Coffee, Networking and City Compliance Hub
Session Two: Inspiring Change

Exciting projects taking place today with leading commercial vehicle operators to drive safety and sustainability across their fleets. 

  • Direct vision in action: Gordon Sutherland, Traffic & Road Logistics Manager, Tideway and Tim Hapgood, Principal Transport Planner, Pete Brett Associates
    Find out how the introduction of low-entry cab (direct vision) vehicles into the Tideway project supply chain have performed, and their impact on the project and its legacy plan
  • Rethinking the last mile: Ian Clough, MD Network Logistics and Transport, DHL Supply Chain
    DHL Supply Chain will share its knowledge in adopting new, sustainable approaches to the final mile that are cost effective, low risk and simple for industry to implement
  • Sustainable fleet strategy and shifting delivery expectations: Monica Guise, Head of Sustainable Logistics, University of Birmingham
    University of Birmingham will share its strategy behind procuring one of the most sustainable fleets in the country. A government Go Ultra Low champion, the university is also working to change the culture behind delivery expectations at its town-sized, urban campus network.
  • Waste into energy for electric-powered RCVs: Gary Clark, UK Fleet Director, Veolia
    Major waste and recycling firm Veolia has been successfully trialling and switching its fleet to alternative fuels. Its most recent Innovate-UK supported project will see non-recyclable waste converted into energy to power an electric RCV.
  • Urban trailer innovation at the retailer's Oxford Street store: Ben Farrell, Head of Central Operations and Transport, John Lewis & Partners
    A look at a new initiative being trialled at JLP’s flagship Oxford Street store to reduce road mileage and emissions, which will be rolled out nationally if successful.
  • Q&A

Traffic and Road Logistics Manager
Principal Transport Planner
Pete Brett Associates
Managing Director Network Logistics and Transport
DHL Supply Chain UK&I
Head of Sustainable Logisitcs
University of Birmingham
Fleet Director
Veolia UK & Ireland
Head of Central Operations and Transport
John Lewis & Partners
Coffee, Networking and City Compliance Hub
Session Three: Planning Ahead

Collaboration, planning and infrastructure are key ingredients to improving freight flows into urban areas. 

  • Vision for future freight in the capital: Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London
  • The shape of urban warehousing requirements: Kevin Mofid, Director of Research, Savills
    Savills takes a look at the urban warehousing trends of the future with the example of an exciting, speculative, multi-storey microhub being developed by property developer Gazeley for last-mile distribution operations
  • Gas potential for city fleets: Mark Gilks, Transport Sales Manager, Calor
    From range extenders for city deliveries, dual fuel for existing fleets, bioLPG giving even greater emission savings, right through to LNG for those serving the cities from a distance, Calor will demonstrate how one size doesn’t fit all and how gas is already part of the bigger picture
  • All-electric micro distribution in the heart of London: Rob Fowler, DPD UK
  • A look at a new all-electric smart urban delivery depot in the heart of London facilitating emission-free final mile parcel delivery.  Exploring the barriers overcome and the challenges faced in a changing city environment
  • Smart Electric Urban Logistics: Tanja Dalle-Muenchmeyer, Programme Manager Electric Freight, Cross River Partnership
    Exploring smart charging technology for electric freight vehicles, the Smart Electric Urban Logistics project is led by UPS with project partners Cross River Partnership and UK Power Networks
  • Q&A

Director of City Planning
Transport for London
Director, Research
Transport Sales Manager
General Manager - CSR & Technical Planning
DPD Group UK
Programme Manager Electric Freight
Cross River Partnership
Coffee, Networking and City Compliance Hub
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