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The Covid-19 crisis continues to disrupt automotive production and logistics operations, but it has not alleviated the need to develop greener, more sustainable logistics and production processes. If anything, the crisis has strengthened the need for OEMs and tier suppliers to understand their total supply chains and the impacts that they have on overall emissions and local communities. Meanwhile, with many governments introducing new requirements and regulations, companies must look carefully at compliance, as well as where they can advance and benefit from ‘green new deals’ across the world.

This show will focus on a range of sustainable supply chain solutions across transport mode, equipment and packaging, network design and technology, as well as regulatory impacts and requirements. Together with experts, we will explore how the current crisis will or will not impact companies’ journeys toward more sustainable supply chains, as well as how the automotive industry compares to other sectors.

Gain valuable insights into:

  • Practical insights into how manufacturers and logistics companies are reducing emissions
  • Increasing transparency of global supply chain emissions
  • How sourcing strategies and commercial partnerships are changing in line with greener initiatives
  • How government standards, regulations and subsidies might influence green logistics
  • The drive towards a circular economy and waste elimination
  • What the coronavirus crisis could mean for sustainable logistics and production initiatives

Download a free copy of Kuehne + Nagel’s 2019 sustainability report


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Michael Maass
Global Sustainability Solutions Manager Seafreight
Kuehne + Nagel

Since November 2019, Michael Maass has been responsible for helping customers find environmentally friendly means of transport to actively reduce their carbon footprint, based on commercially viable solutions. He started his career in 1985 with the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, where he worked for several years on the pricing and market side including two years as a Sales Manager in Long Beach, California. Michael joined Kuehne + Nagel in 2006 as Seafreight Trade Manager for the Europe and Asia Pacific region, in which his work included establishing close contact with several major shipping lines to negotiate respective terms and conditions for Kuehne + Nagel customers. Download Kuehne + Nagel’s 2019 sustainability report here.

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Payam Dehdari
Professor of sustainable logistics
University of Applied Science Stuttgart

After studying industrial management, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Payam Dehdari has specialised in logistics. For more than  10 years he was responsible for various logistics and supply chain operations at a major automotive tier 1 supplier that also served different industries and industrial goods. Since 2018, he is professor for sustainable logistics and lean methods at the University for Applied Sciences in Stuttgart. His expertise is the design of systems and the optimisation of processes in transport, warehousing and inventory management.


Heike Schulze
Coordinator Drive Sustainability
CSR Europe

Heike Schulze is coordinator of the Drive Sustainability initiative at CSR Europe, which including participation from more than 10 OEMs on achieving more sustainable supply chains. She has extensive business experience as a sustainability manager in the automotive industry, as a consultant as well as a professor for supply chain and operations management. She is particularly expert in sustainable supply chain management, communication and training. Heike has a PhD on sustainability competences for purchasing professionals.


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Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief
Ultima Media

Christopher is responsible for editorial production and strategy across Ultima Media’s global automotive media platforms, including Automotive Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Car Design News and its business intelligence unit, Automotive from Ultima Media. He’s covered the automotive industry and supply chain for 15 years and has nearly 20 years’ experience in the media and publishing business. He has an MsC from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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