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The logistics sector – fit for 55 and the global climate challenge 


The year 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic reshaped our lives, global dynamics and political and economic priorities. It underlined the key role played by the logistics sector, ensuring the functioning of the EU single market while maintaining a constant flow of essential goods across Europe. With e-commerce purchases booming and the logistics sector enabling vaccine distribution across the world, the industry has become ever more critical. 


In parallel, the EU reinforced its ambition under the Green Deal to become climate neutral by 2050, epitomised by the upcoming publication of its ‘Fit for 55’ package. Emissions reductions, renewable and low carbon fuels integration, digitalisation and sustainable infrastructures are just a few of the hot topics that will grasp policy-makers’ and stakeholders’ attention in the coming months and year.  


Last but not least, the UK left the EU on 31 December 2020. The many uncertainties surrounding London’s departure have left a wide legislative gap for policy-makers to fill – and logistics is the first industry that is impacted.  


Join us for an online panel debate on 10 May between 12:30-14:00.

To register click here.


Welcome & introduction by Torsten Albig, Chair of Alliance for European Logistics


Keynote speeches:   

  • EU logistics industry outlook by Volker Ratzmann, Head of Corporate Public Affairs, EVP DPDHL 

Panel discussion moderated by Torsten Albig, Chair of Alliance for European Logistics 

  • Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission   

  • Clemence Cheng, Executive Director of Hutchison Ports and Managing Director/Division Head for Europe  

  • Bénédicte de Bonnechose, Member of the Group Executive Committee for Long-Distance and Urban Transportation, Michelin  

  • Sascha Treppte, Head of Corporate Development and Strategy, duisport – Duisburger Hafen AG  

  • Patrick Sluga, Managing Director, SWS PS Power Solutions

Q&A with the audience  

Concluding remarks by Torsten Albig, Chair of Alliance for European Logistics 


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Head of Corporate Public Affairs, Deutshe Post DHL Group  

Since May 2020, Volker Ratzmann is Head of Corporate Public Affairs at Deutsche Post DHL Group. Before joining the company, he has served different positions in the public sector in Germany, notably as State Secretary and Member of the State Government of Baden-Württemberg from 2016 to 2020. Prior to that, he has worked as an attorney-at-law for 16 years. Volker Ratzmann graduated from the Free University of Berlin with a degree in Law.  

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Torsten ALBIG 

Vice President at Deutsche Post DHL Group 

Torsten Albig is the Chair of the Alliance for European Logistics. He joined Deutsche Post DHL Group as Vice-President in January 2018 after a long political career in Germany. He has been spokesman for the SPD Federal Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück and head of communications at the Federal Ministry of Finance. He was elected Lord Mayor of the state capital of Kiel and Minister President of the State of Schleswig-Holstein from June 2012 to July 2017. Alongside his political career, he has also worked in the private sector, notably as Group Press Spokesman and Head of the Press Department of Dresdner Bank AG. Torsten Albig has studied History, Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bielefeld. 

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Deputy Director-General, DG CLIMA 

Since 1 September 2019, Clara de la Torre has held the post of Deputy Director General in the Directorate-General for Climate Action in the European Commission.  Prior to her current appointment, her professional career focussed on research and innovation policy.


She had been Director for Transport in the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation from 2016 to 2019. Previously, starting in 2014, she was responsible for Key Enabling Technologies, following a 3-year appointment as Director in the field of Innovation. In her first post as a Director, from 2008 to 2010, she was in charge of inter-institutional and legal matters related to the Framework Programme at the European Commission. In the late 1990s, she dealt with National Research Policies and Intergovernmental Cooperation. She worked at the EU Joint Research Centre in Brussels and Seville, where she was Advisor to the Director of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. Before joining the European Commission, she had spent some years in the private sector.Clara de la Torre has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. 

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Clemence CHENG

Executive Director, Hutchison Ports and Managing Director/Division Head for Europe

Clemence Cheng, a Chartered Accountant, joined Hutchison Ports in 1998 after a career in investment banking. He is the Executive Director of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited and the Managing Director/Division Head for Europe, with overall management responsibility for all its businesses in Europe. Hutchison Ports has presence in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Poland. He is also responsible for HPH’s investment in Egypt and Canada. Clemence Cheng graduated from University of Leeds and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. 

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Executive Vice-President, Long-Distance and Urban Transportation, Michelin 

Bénédicte de Bonnechose joined the Michelin Group in the role of Deputy Chief Financial Officer in April 2019. On 1 January 2021, she has been appointed Executive Vice President Long-Distance Transportation and Urban Transportation Business Lines and the Europe Regions. Prior to Michelin, she has been working at audit firm Deloitte and at the Lafarge Group where she stayed for 25 years.  

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Head of Business Development and Strategy, Duisport  

Sascha Treppte is Head of Business Development and Strategy at Duisport since 2018. He is responsible for Digitalization, Sustainability as well as internationalization and business portfolio. Prior to that, he has worked for 10 years at Roland Berger on Transport and Logistics. Sascha Treppte has a degree in International Business from Rotterdam School of Management. 

Patrick SLUGA

Managing Director, SWS PS Power Solutions 

Patrick Sluga founded SWS PS Power Solutions in 2020. SWS is a technology company focused on sustainable and economical solutions for green logistics. Prior to that, he worked as Investment Manager Infrastructure at Reichmuth Investment Management AG and held several management positions in the banking and finance sector. Patrick Sluga has a degree in Management & Law from the Management Center Innsbruck.  

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