Nov 10 2023

Energizing Freight Transport for a Green Future

On November 9th, the Cluster for Logistics Luxembourg organized the 24th Logistics Conference at the Chamber of Commerce: Energizing Freight Transport for a Green Future

Decarbonization of freight transport is a pressing and transformative challenge for our rapidly evolving world. The pursuit of sustainability is reshaping the way we think about supply chains, transportation, and commerce. The implementation of EU directives and new technologies will shape the future of the transport sector.

Check out the Pictures of the conference above (Copyright: Emmanuel Claude for the Chamber of Commerce)

With about 90 guests and speakers the Cluster looks back at a successful event. It was a pleasure to welcome Anne Calteux, head of the Commission representation in Luxembourg as well amongst the guests.

Carlo Thelen, General Director at the Chamber of Commerce and President of the Cluster for Logistics, gave an opening speech and highlighted that: "We need to act now, but our companies also need to remain competitive in this transition. Thus, companies need a clear vision and planning security from the government to plan these large investments ahead."

Next, Daniel Kohl, new Director of the Custer, gave an introduction and wake-up call about energizing freight transport for a green future.

The Cluster was glad to welcome Ewa Ptaszynska, Deputy Head of Unit for Road Transport DG Move, European Commission, as the keynote speaker of the evening. Ewa introduced three initiatives of the Greening Freight Package and elaborated with more detail on the revision of the Weight and Dimensions Directive.

Then, Luc Haesaerts, CEO at H3 Luxembourg, explained end-to-end zero-emission solutions via Luxembourg by presenting a SWOT-Analysis of the situation in Luxembourg and a green logistics label.

Moreover, Abdullah Jaber, CEO at Trailer Dynamics, explained the audience how and why eTrailers are shaping the next generation of transport. The attendees had the incredible opportunity to look at one of the Trailer Dynamics eTrailers during the break.

During the second half of the conference, Saša Marinic, Business Development Manager BENELUX for the Hydrogen Mobility Solutions at TotalEnergies, elaborated on H2 refueling stations and the vision and achievements of TotalEnergies.

The final presentation of the day was given by Kevin Dauphin, Head of Fleet Commercial Vehicles at Losch. Kevin elaborated on electrification and hydrogen from a manufacturer’s perspective on behalf of MAN.

The conference was rounded off by a roundtable which discussed the following question: Roundtable: Decarbonization objectives in freight transport: What needs to be considered as companies plan for 2030 and beyond?

The roundtable was moderated by Jil Brimaire from the Cluster. Next to Ewa Ptaszynska and Kevin Dauphin, who already gave a presentation, René Winkin, Managing Director at FEDIL and Ben Frin, CFO at Arthur Welter, joined the roundtable. It was a dynamic discussion, which highlighted four different perspectives: the regulatory, the industry’s/ shippers’, the transport companies’ and the manufacturers’ perspective.

Since, it was the last conference for Malik Zeniti in his position as Director of the Cluster, he had the pleasure to conclude the evening with some closing remarks.

The conference was rounded off with fruitful discussions during the networking drink.

All presentations can be found below.

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