Virtual road to Net Zero


26 August 2020

The Cold Chain Federation is organising a series of virtual events for the autumn to help businesses involved in the storage or distribution of chilled or frozen food navigate the route to decarbonisation.

For four themed weeks beginning w/c September 28, Cold Chain Live! Towards a Net Zero Cold Chain aims to bring together businesses with experts from the fields of energy, retail, logistics, vehicles, buildings and economics to explore key questions as the industry sets its sights on achieving net zero carbon impact.

Chief Executive Shane Brennan said: “With the challenges of navigating recovery from Covid and Brexit changes on the horizon, it would be easy for our industry to lose sight of the major changes in technology, customer demand and regulation that will drive demand and opportunities to decarbonise the cold chain.

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"Government’s net zero emissions law is in place and energy costs will continue to rise. Consumer expectations are changing fast and retailers and manufacturers are responding making bold net zero commitments. Cold chain businesses must start now to educate themselves about the impact this will have on them and make their own plans.
“Helping supply chain businesses prepare for the challenges of a net zero economy is at the core of the Cold Chain Federation’s mission. We are very pleased to be able to revise our events programme and host this virtual Cold Chain Live! series so that we can provide an autumn of expert insight, advice, practical ideas and forums for debate on this crucial topic.”
The themes to be examined are:

  • Defining Net Zero
  • Changing Demand
  • Future of Transport
  • Cold Chain Ecosystem

Each week will begin with the publication of a new paper and supplementary expert blogs introducing the theme on Monday, followed by the release of a new Leader Interview giving the perspective and insight of a cold chain industry leader on Wednesday, finishing with a virtual workshop and ‘washup’ open discussion on Friday. All content and virtual attendance is free.

The Cold Chain Live! virtual event series will be delivered in partnership with Star Refrigeration, Schmitz Cargobull, The Supply Chain Consulting Group and Savills.

To view the full programme and to register, visit