Seminar Programme Day 1 - 29 September
Plenary session - The post-Covid-19 future
As the UK recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic what will its short to medium term legacy for the logistics sector? Will the spike in online retail prove to be temporary or has this acceleration in an existing trend spell the demise of the high street? What other sectors such as infrastructure should 3PLs be looking at? And with many operators seeing a devastating impact on their finances from the pandemic what are their options for financing new vehicles?
Break out session 1 – The Road to Zero
The Covid-19 pandemic will not deflect the government from its Road to Zero strategy of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and with 30 years representing just six more buying cycles for heavy trucks the industry needs a steer on what technology to invest in – quickly. There a range of options when it comes to cutting carbon emissions from goods vehicles and battery electric seems to be the weapon of choice for final mile and urban deliveries the jury is still out on whether batteries will be able to power 44 tonners over 400 miles. Will hydrogen replace natural gas and diesel in the UK’s pipes and filling stations to provide homes and trucks with clean power or will biofuels step up to enable the highly efficient diesel to live on in a zero carbon future?
Break out session 2 – Eco trucks
While the focus has shifted to cutting emissions from truck engines, has the UK neglected a huge opportunity to reduce carbon emissions per tonne-km by moving to larger, more efficient vehicles? While double-deck trailers are a common sight on UK roads, artics are still stuck with the same 44 tonne GVW and 16.5m overall length limit. This is despite many other countries around the world running at much greater weights and lengths in safety. So what are the options for increasing the payload and so the efficiency of HGVs?
Break out session 3 – Future technology
The pace of change in road transport will not slow just because of the Covid-19 pandemic and operators have to keep up to stay afloat. Tyres, fridges and tachographs are all seeing rapid technological progress and smart operators need to be aware of what is coming over the horizon.