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eXplore Conference: Navigating the green supply chain

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Speaker: Josué Velázquez Martínez, MIT, Anne Lange & Nils Löhndorf, LCL
Event date: Tuesday, 12 March 2019 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
Place: Chambre des métiers du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
2 Circuit de la Foire Internationale
L-1016 Luxembourg-Kirchberg

The LCL is organising its annual eXplore conference. It is dedicated to green supply chains. Interactive sessions as well as inspirational keynotes are the learning experience from the conference. 

Join us!

The annual eXplore conference is taking place on 12 March 2019.

eXplore Conference: Navigating the green supply chain

This one-day event brings together experts from the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, the University of Luxembourg, the industry, to offer a truly unique learning opportunity on the future of supply chain and sustainability.

Join us at the LCL eXplore Conference for an inspiring discussion: Get insights from the academic forefront combined with relevant input from industry champions. Our guiding theme leads us to eXplore and promote impactful research that ultimately advances and contributes to the growing success of businesses.

Join us at the LCL eXplore Conference and embrace our motto: “Innovate, Inspire, Impact!”

Addressed topics are:

  • Sustainable logistics
  • Green energy supply chain
  • Supply chain resilience
  • Incentives for greening the supply chain

Main speakers

Josué Velázquez Martínez

Director, Sustainable Logistics Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL)

Josué C. Velázquez Martínez is a Research Scientist at the MIT CTL specialized in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in manufacturing, food, and retail industries, and has vast experience in conducting applied research on Sustainable Logistics in emerging markets.

Dr. Velázquez Martínez leads two research streamlines: the MIT Sustainable Logistics Initiative, which involves research projects on green logistics sponsored by multinational companies, with the purpose of improving fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in logistics operations, and the MIT GeneSys, which aims to improve the efficiency of small firms, and involves on-site research at approximately 200 small enterprises across Latin America in collaboration with the region’s top universities. Full biography

Antonino Barbera Mazzola,

Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Climate Action directorate general

Antonino is a policy officer at the European Commission’s Climate Action directorate general. Previously he worked as economist in London and Brussels, with experience in competition policy, inequalities, and macroeconomic forecasting. He holds a business degree from Bocconi University and masters of finance from Copenhagen Business School. Full biography


Nils Löhndorf

Associate Professor at the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL), University of Luxembourg

Nils' research interests are in operations research, in particular optimisation under uncertainty, with current applications in operational management and valuation of energy storage systems.

Energy companies in Austria, Germany, and Italy actively use Nils's models for operation and valuation of energy storage systems, like reservoirs of hydropower plants and natural gas storages, as well as virtual power plants.Nils has published his research in leading journals like Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and IIE Transacations. Full biography


Anne Lange

Associate Professor at the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL), University of Luxembourg

Her research interests are in transportation, network analysis and supply chain finance.

She enjoys to conduct research in cooperation with industry and has done so for example with DB Schenker, DHL and Lufthansa Cargo.

Prior to joining the LCL, Anne Lange held an assistant professorship endowed by DB Schenker at TU Darmstadt. She has received her doctoral degree from the University of Cologne and has been as a postdoc researcher at TU Eindhoven as well as the University of Cologne. Full biography




Please find our full agenda below:






Welcome note by Prof. Benny Mantin, LCL Director, University of Luxembourg



Opening remarks by Antonino Barbera Mazzola, European Commission



Sustainable logistics: How to deliver "fast" and "green" in last-mile delivery by Josué Velázquez Martínez

Urbanisation and e-commerce growth (omni-channel) will increase transportation movements in the years to come. The challenge many companies face is how to deliver products fast and keep high utilisation and low fuel consumption (CO2 emissions). In this presentation, Prof.  Velázquez Martínez will discuss the new trends in logistics sustainability that provide ideas to optimise the last-mile delivery by using technology and data analytics, and how companies can drive consumer behaviour via the use of environmental impacts during e-commerce.



Coffee break



LCL PhD research pitch by Nicole Perez Becker: "Strategic stockpiling in the presence of waste cost"



The green energy supply chain by Nils Löhndorf

Industry is increasingly turning towards renewable energies to decrease its carbon footprint and protect itself from commodity price fluctuations. This presentation explores the risks and benefits associated with procurement and production of renewables to satisfy industrial power consumption as well as opportunities and threats of demand response in industrial production.



  • Lunch
  • Poster session

Master students at the LCL prepare a one-slide poster of project and deliver pitch.

  • Networking opportunity



Maersk: sustainability by Annette Stube, Sustainability Group, Maersk

Maersk is the world’s largest container shipping company. It is fully subscribed to corporate sustainability by working systematically to reduce the negative and enhance the positive impact on people, society and the environment and by addressing global challenges through innovation, investment and collaboration.

In her key-note, Annette Stube, Head of Group Sustainability at Maersk Group will address the responsibilities of companies towards society in relation to sustainability.  Using Maersk as the starting point, Annette will look at which sustainability strategy a company might choose and how the sustainability strategy might be integrated within an overarching business strategy.

Climate change is a reality and will increase in scale in the coming years. Annette will present Maersk’s measures towards greening it’s supply chain, their efforts to driving the industry in greening and will look at the key rewards to be gained from these efforts.

Ongoing climate change will force companies to adjust their supply chains accordingly and to respond to the effects of climate change according to the anticipated developments. Annette will discuss preparation tactics towards the different aspects of climate change and how to incorporate sustainability into these preparations, illustrating how the commitment of Maersk towards these global challenges also brings key-rewards that justify the efforts.



  • Responsibilities of companies towards society
  • Strategy of sustainability within business strategy
  • Climate change, what to do from a company to green the SC and how to react to climate change (action and reaction)
  • Customer upsides



LCL PhD research pitch by Melvin Drent: "Dual-Sourcing Strategies that Create Carbon Efficient Supply Chains"



Measuring supply chain resilience by Anne Lange

Recent catastrophic events, such as the Japan earthquake or Thailand floods, have dramatically affected companies worldwide. In modern complex supply chains, such events can brew problems in unpredicted ways. Can we improve the resilience of such complex supply chains? Analysing their structure allows to identify critical locations in the supply chains – and prevention can then be taken from there. This talk presents metrics that build on the structure of the logistics network. It will show how these metrics identify critical production sites or suppliers. In doing so, the metrics provide knowledge on the resilience of a supply chain without requiring extensive simulation. Hence, the metrics support companies in supply chain risk management.



Coffee break



Panel discussion "Incentives for greening the supply chain"

Moderator: Josué Velázquez Martínez with the participation of

José Rino, Projects Directorate – Air & Maritime Division at European Investment Bank

Max Nilles, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure

Onno Maliepaard, Leaseplan Corporation

Dr. Isabelle Conrot, Head of Global Supply Chain Operations-PTSM, Roche

Hinde Boulbayem, SUMY



Closing remarks by Benny Mantin





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Registration fees

  • Regular fee: 120 €  
  • LCL partner discount