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The Climate Change Act was passed in 2008 as part of an initiative to reduce the UK’s carbon emission by 2050- with goals to build a low-carbon economy by 80% in comparison to the levels in 1990. In order to achieve this target, a system of five-yearly targets were established, outlining the carbon budgets to act as check points in order to maintain regular progress for this long-term commitment. Now, the government has officially passed the fifth carbon budget, where the UK is to reduce its emissions by 57% (when compared to 1990) by 2032.

Currently, the UK is nearly at the end of its second carbon budget, which is aimed at reducing emissions by 29%. In 2018, the UK will enter into the third carbon budget with a goal to reduce 35% of emissions by 2022. The fourth budget is to see 50% of emissions by 2027 before hitting a goal of 57% less emissions in 2032. The EU also has targets in place to reduce emissions by 40% in 2030, but the UK’s remain slightly more ambitious.

As part of these goals, the government has persevered with legislation to ensure various industry sectors contribute to the reduction of green house gas emissions- with the freight industry being urged to take steps towards sustainable logistics. The UK already has various schemes, both planned and existing, in place to control the emissions- such as the London Low Emissions Zone (LEZ),that is soon to be the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019/20.

Likewise, the FTA has established the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme as a means of keeping track of the carbon emissions generated by logistics service providers and users. The scheme was introduced in 2009 and is free to join, running on a voluntary basis. It is aimed to record, report and reduce carbon emissions produced by commercial vehicles. A report is produced after measuring fuel usage and business activity of the members’ commercial vehicles. Being a part of this scheme not only helps monitor the logistics industry’s carbon footprint, but also demonstrates a company’s green credentials and willingness to contribute to carbon reduction. There are over 125 companies on the scheme at present, with over 88,000 commercial vehicles registered.

Shell has maintained position as one of the leaders in the global lubricant market for the tenth year in a row, in correspondence with Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2016 report. This report also places Shell Lubricants as the market leader in the UK and USA.

As well as establishing thriving relationships with equipment manufacturers such as BMW AG, Toyota, General Motors, Siemens and many more, Shell also provides lubricant solutions for manufacturing machinery, heavy duty mining equipment, wind turbines and other types of industrial machinery.  Additionally, Shell incorporates a value-adding technical service that allow for its industrial customers to monitor, maintain and use lubricant applications in their equipment. This has generated over a hundred million dollars in cost savings.

Shell is currently working on the Appomattox project in the Gulf of Mexico, to be their eighth floating platform in the Gulf, and also the largest with a capacity of 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). It is also one of the deeper rigs, with a water depth of approximately 7,200 feet. The Appomattox deepwater development is due to start producing in 2020, it is speculated that this deep water project will boost Shell’s production by up to 60 percent. The overall cost of the project was also reduced by 20 percent due to Shell’s knowledge and experience from previous production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

There is also mention of possible future plans for newly discovered deepwater fields, Rydberg and Gettysburg, to be tied back to the platform. If these tie-backs are added to the project’s total production, they are estimated to potentially add around 800 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Logistics and Chain Supply Conference 2017 is proud to welcome Delaware Consulting as a workshop partner at the conference to be held in central London on the 21st and 22nd of March this year.  They will be hosting a session on day one, where Delware Consulting partner Thierry Bryneel will be discussing the ways in which inventory levels and Sales and Operations Planning can be improved for increased business efficiency.

Delaware Consulting have a proven track record of providing expert business solutions as they work with companies such as BP, Scabal, Allnex and Vandemoortele.  They provide expert insight in order to help business efficiency, helping with operational performance, optimising end-to-end processes in response to what can often volatile economic climates.

Delaware Consulting also have a long standing partnership with SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software, which was established in 1995. Likewise, they have maintained a partnership with Microsoft and accordingly, offer a full Microsoft solutions portfolio. Other companies include Open Text that provides Enterprise Information Management, and Bluep4th that provide location based services.

In late November 2016, Delware Consulting became one of the first resellers of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, provide a cloud-based network that allows their customers access to a range of SAP products- both in the cloud and on-premise worldwide. Therefore, their global organisation will make a conversion to the S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud in April 2017 as a demonstration of Delaware Consulting’s commitment to cloud solutions.

We eagerly wait to hear from Delware Consulting in their session in March.

Container terminal operator Pentalver is being acquired by Genesee & Wyoming, the parent company of Freightliner in the UK.

PentalverPentalver, which is part of AP Moller-Maersk’s terminals business, operates off-dock terminals at Felixstowe, Southampton, London Gateway and Tilbury, as well as an inland terminal at Cannock.

The company is headquartered in Southampton. In total it has more than 100 acres of land for storage for loaded and empty containers. It also operates a fleet of more than 150 trucks providing daily services between UK seaports.

The business complements the Freightliner business in the UK, which as well as running container trains from the major ports, has a fleet of 250 trucks providing local collection and delivery from its inland terminals. G&W is looking to exploit the synergies between the two businesses to enhance its service offerings and improve asset utilisation.

Jack Hellmann, president and chief executive officer of G&W, said: “With the advent of larger container ships and the growth of distribution centres in the Midlands and throughout the UK, our maritime intermodal customers are seeking greater service optionality, which includes not only rail and road transport but also the ability to store, maintain and position containers. Amid the dramatic changes that are structurally altering the global shipping industry, we are pleased to be enhancing our service capabilities to meet the long term needs of our intermodal customers in the UK.”

The deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. Pentalver will continue to be run by its current managing director Chris Lawrenson, and will operate as part of G&W’s UK / Europe Region. Lawrenson said: “Joining the G&W group is a massive opportunity to enhance the services, capabilities and overall capacity of Pentalver and along with subsidiaries such as Freightliner together we will have the ability to offer great services to all customers in the UK.”