Birmingham scientists launch project to tackle global ‘clean cold’ challenge

Birmingham, UK: Scientists from the University of Birmingham have launched a major research project to investigate how ‘clean cold’ could help to achieve almost all of the United Nations’ global sustainable development goals.

The 17 ‘Global Goals’ commit the international community to put the world to rights by 2030 – abolishing poverty and hunger; providing good healthcare and education; raising people’s quality of life; and cleaning up the environment, whilst promoting economic growth.

Professor Toby Peters and colleagues at the Birmingham Energy Institute aim to work with partners in countries where demand for ‘clean cold’ is soaring, such as India and China. They will develop strategies using novel low-carbon and zero-emission technologies and new policy approaches.

And the roadmaps they produce could provide a global template to help meet the UN targets, as demand for cooling booms in fast growing economies – largely driven by urbanisation and emergence of an Asian Pacific middle class – predicted to rise to 3 billion by 2030 – with lifestyles built on cooling.

The report points out that it will be vital that any new cold chain infrastructure should be clean. Diesel-powered transport refrigeration units, for example, emit not only high levels of CO2 but also huge amounts of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Clean cooling technologies, which can support environmentally sustainable cold chains, are being developed by entrepreneurial UK start-ups. These include Dearman’s zero-emission transport refrigeration system, solar-driven cooling for pack-houses, and even small transportable ammonia-water absorption refrigeration which can be used to transport medicine.

Professor Toby Peters said: “Cooling is a huge problem faced by India, China and other fast-growing economies. It is all too often overlooked, but without it, supplies of food, medicine and even data break down; life in many parts of the world would be scarcely tolerable without air conditioning.

Professor Martin Freer, director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, added: “It is clear that we need a joined-up approach to tackle the global challenge of ‘clean cold’. It is, therefore, essential to develop a roadmap to deliver a cold chain that benefits both people and environment.”

Nagel Liller joint venture for Denmark

Versmold, Germany: The Danish Competition Council has approved the Nagel Liller joint venture.

Nagel Liller Truck_Copyright Nagel-Group, Andre Zelck

Nagel Liller will procide distribution in Denmark for the Nagel-Group and national customers

The move strengthens Nagel-Group’s domestic business in Denmark. Operations for the joint venture are planned to start in April.

“Nagel Liller A/S will in future take over all distribution services in Denmark for the Nagel-Group and national customers, whereas from its Padborg site Nagel Danmark will continue to have responsibility for international transport to and from Scandinavia,” said Kim Gravesen, managing director Nagel Danmark.

Nationwide distribution and warehousing solutions will be offered in all temperature ranges, from dry goods to frozen products.

At the branches in Velje, Struer, Odense and Bjæverskov, a total of around 17,500 square meters of warehousing capacity are available. Nagel Liller has its own fleet of more than 150 tractor units and 300 trailers available for distribution services. Moreover, independent carriers will also be used as suppliers.

“Founding Nagel Liller is an important step in meeting the continuously rising demands of the market even better in future,” Gravesen. said.

“This particularly applies to demand in the food industry for even quicker throughput times, same-day or overnight deliveries – with ever shorter order cycles.” The joint venture will provide better and denser geographical coverage in Denmark, he said.

After approval by the Danish Cartel Office, the detailed implementation phase for the Joint Venture is now underway, culminating in the start of operational business. The activities of KK Logistic A/S and Liller Trans A/S will be transferred to Nagel Liller, as will Nagel Danmark’s domestic business. The business of the new company, employing around 300 people, will be managed by Thomas Lindahl Christensen (Liller Trans) and Peter Kristian Kristensen (KK Logistic) as directors.

Liller Trans is a family-managed haulage company, which has transported goods on Danish roads since 1939.


TFI buys World Courier Ground

Montreal, Quebec, Canada: TFI International has bought World Courier Ground, the US ground transport division of World Courier, from AmerisourceBergen Corporation.

World Courier Ground provides same-day courier, rush trucking and warehousing services primarily to the medical industry.

While integrated under the Dynamex umbrella, current World Courier Ground management will continue to operate the business under the new name T-Force Critical.

“World Courier Ground is a strategic fit for our package and courier business in the US and diversifies us into the important medical last mile business,” says Alain Bédard, chief executive, TFI International.

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