Sustainable Cold Chain Systems for Food Resilience (recording)

21 Oct 2021

The UK Energy Research Centre UKERC ran a webinar in 2021  highlighting the role of the cold chain for local and global food networks. Conventional cold chains for food are energy intensive and use refrigerants that often have high Global Warming Potentials (GWPs). How food is delivered has major implications for rural economies, the food and drinks industry, social well-being, climate change, food security, energy security, and urban air quality. The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK and the food sector is predicted to increase due to population growth.

LSBU, Birmingham, Heriot Watt and Cranfield present road maps for the UK food cold-chain (chilled and frozen) to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. The webinar featured presentations from the team followed by a panel discussion with industry and trade representatives.  

Speakers and panelists:

  • Graeme Maidment, London South Bank University
  • Toby Peters, University of Birmingham
  • Judith Evans, London South Bank University
  • Natalia Falagan, Cranfield University
  • Alan Foster, London South Bank University
  • Phil Greening, Heriot-Watt University
  • Xinfang Wang, University of Birmingham
  • Tom Southall, Cold Chain Federation
  • Malcolm Harling, Foodservice Equipment Association
  • Dermot Cotter, Star Technical Solutions
  • Andrew Mullen, BEKO PLC
  • Juergen Goeller, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems
  • Sophie Bordat, BEIS

Watch a recording of the webinar