The speaker lineup for SCALA Consulting’s upcoming Annual Supply Chain Debate has been revealed.

The debate, which takes place on 12th July, will feature David Cebon, Professor at Cambridge University.

Another contributor to proceedings will be Octopus Hydrogen’s founder, William Rowe.

In addition, representatives from the Department for Transport and John Lewis Partnership will also be presenting.

One topic up for discussion will be whether logistics fleets should move towards hydrogen or electric-powered vehicles.

Hosted by SCALA director Rob Wright, the debate will be held at the Møller Institute in Cambridge.

It marks the return of one of the major events in the supply chain calendar after disruption caused by covid and lockdowns. 

However, experts will, this year, be gathering in-person for the first time since 2019. 

The leaders will discuss major issues affecting the supply chain sector because of the move towards a net-zero future.

John Perry, managing director at SCALA, announced details of the speaker lineup of the debate. 

“The drive towards net-zero is one of the most pressing issues of our time as we attempt to combat global warming. 

“Therefore, it is impossible for the endeavour to become carbon-free to be successful without utilising another form of power for our HGV transport.”

Continuing, Perry claimed that the country was “at a crossroads”.

“We must choose a better way to power our vehicles,” he urged. 

“Also, we must in the infrastructure that surrounds the new form of transportation to make it a viable option. 

“The question we first need to answer is, what form is that transport going to take?”

Importantly, the debate speakers cover all areas, with academic, commercial and operational perspectives.

Concluding, Perry said it was a “great opportunity for us to understand all the factors involved” from experts in the sector.

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