GFA HELD WORKSHOPS IN VIETNAM AND MYANMAR

In collaboration GIZ under the Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region Project, GFA provided a workshop in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam last 8 October 2018 and in Yangon, Myanmar last 15 October 2018. 

The workshop included an overview of the country’s road freight sector, why green freight matters, an overview of GFA programs and available financial schemes.

Here is a summary of the workshops:


Vietnam
26 executives – mostly managers and directors -from 23 companies including H&M had participated in the workshop. The majority of the participants were from trucking companies who were familiar with green freight and were highly eager to know about the GFA Label and the certification process. 

The workshop concluded with the participants expecting GFA to provide sharing session opportunities, continued guidance on the GFA Label application and assistance in availing government's financial schemes.   



Myanmar

24 participants from 18 transport companies joined the session. For most of them, the green freight concept is new and they were interested to know how green freight can be scaled up in Myanmar with GFA.

Interestingly, the breakout session results revealed that this group expects  GFA to hold more outreach and training sessions in Myanmar and for GFA to work with key government agencies -  i.e. with Ministry of Transportation for tax reduction; with Ministry of Energy and Electricity for cleaner fuel and with Ministry of Construction for road improvements.
 


GFA membership sticker for fleet is now available

 At the GFA Forum, we launched the new GFA sticker for vehicles.   Members of GFA can use this sticker on their vehicles to promote their commitment to green freight movements in the Asia Pacific.   Companies that attended the GFA Forum received a sample of the sticker. In case you are also interested in using the GFA sticker for your fleet, then please get in touch with us.

At the GFA Forum, we launched the new GFA sticker for vehicles.

Members of GFA can use this sticker on their vehicles to promote their commitment to green freight movements in the Asia Pacific.

Companies that attended the GFA Forum received a sample of the sticker. In case you are also interested in using the GFA sticker for your fleet, then please get in touch with us.

  The fleet sticker on Singapore Haulage Services's truck

The fleet sticker on Singapore Haulage Services's truck

 "We are planning to put these stickers on our 200 trucks. We actually are very proud to be a member of Green Freight Asia. We have been learning a lot from other members and we are also committed to our best in aligning ourselves with GFA's directions."  - Mr. Chanvirak Khem Operations Manager

"We are planning to put these stickers on our 200 trucks. We actually are very proud to be a member of Green Freight Asia. We have been learning a lot from other members and we are also committed to our best in aligning ourselves with GFA's directions."

- Mr. Chanvirak Khem Operations Manager

GFA 2018 Awards

At the GFA Forum 2018, we launched our new GFA Awards, to recognize members who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the objectives of GFA. 

The GFA Label Achievement Award recognizes member's GFA label achievement in the categories:

-  Highest Leaf Achievement 
-  Local SME 
-  Geographical Coverage 

The GFA Ambassador Award recognizes members who actively contributed to growing GFA's network and engaging supply chain partners in GFA.

 

GFA Label Achievement Award

DHL THAILAND
CATEGORY: HIGHEST LEAF ACHIEVEMENT
(DHL Thailand is the first GFA member to achieve the GFA Label Leaf 3.)

 James with GFA Director Roxane Desmicht    “DHL Supply Chain Thailand Transport are very proud to be working in partnership with Green Freight Asia. It is an honor and a privilege to be the first business in APAC to receive this prestigious award. It tells us we are making a difference to our environment and supports our global business target to be zero emissions by 2050. I’m delighted to say the Thailand Transport team are working on new and exciting initiatives to help further improve our emissions in 2019.”    - James Macleerie, Transport Head for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar

James with GFA Director Roxane Desmicht

“DHL Supply Chain Thailand Transport are very proud to be working in partnership with Green Freight Asia. It is an honor and a privilege to be the first business in APAC to receive this prestigious award. It tells us we are making a difference to our environment and supports our global business target to be zero emissions by 2050. I’m delighted to say the Thailand Transport team are working on new and exciting initiatives to help further improve our emissions in 2019.”

- James Macleerie, Transport Head for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar


SINGAPORE HAULAGE SERVICES
CATEGORY: LOCAL SME
SHS is the only SME transport provider based in Singapore that has been certified with the GFA Label-Leaf 1.

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"You have to believe in it (green freight) and then explore it. I am sure any company will realize that there are actual benefits and it is a win-win for all especially today where environmental performance is expected. I am glad we have this awareness and i hope that there will be more companies that will come on board.”

- Mr. Alvin Chua, Operations Manager, Singapore Haulage Services


 

GFA Ambassador Award

HEINEKEN

Heineken was instrumental in the development, design, and launch of GFA's new knowledge-sharing platform this year -  the Green Freight Leaders' Society (GFLS).  It hosted the inaugural session of GFLS for GFA members and partners where it also shared its sustainability program, 'Drop the C'. 

Heineken continued to support our events this year.  Heineken China was a sponsor of our green freight forum in Shanghai last July.

 Agata (centre) with Lorelei Coryn (right), Head of Customer Service, Logistics & Planning, Supply Chain, HEINEKEN Malaysia and Karlyn Adams, Associate Director of BSR   "We are extremely honored to be receiving such an important award. We are grateful for the recognition we have received for our collaboration and we believe this will allow HEINEKEN and GFA to enhance the partnership even further.  As a leading global company, we believe it’s our responsibility to reduce CO₂ emissions across the value chain, from Barley to Bar. Our new transformational programme ‘Drop the C’ aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions from across the business, but we simply cannot do this alone. We are delighted that GFA stands by our side and helps us to reach our goals by delivering insightful trainings and unique expertise.  Once again, thank you so much for the recognition as well as your continuous support, and we look forward to collaborating with GFA even more in future."   - Agata Krasocka Global Lead Logistics, Global Customer Service and Logistics, HEINEKEN Supply Chain

Agata (centre) with Lorelei Coryn (right), Head of Customer Service, Logistics & Planning, Supply Chain, HEINEKEN Malaysia and Karlyn Adams, Associate Director of BSR


"We are extremely honored to be receiving such an important award. We are grateful for the recognition we have received for our collaboration and we believe this will allow HEINEKEN and GFA to enhance the partnership even further.

As a leading global company, we believe it’s our responsibility to reduce CO₂ emissions across the value chain, from Barley to Bar. Our new transformational programme ‘Drop the C’ aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions from across the business, but we simply cannot do this alone. We are delighted that GFA stands by our side and helps us to reach our goals by delivering insightful trainings and unique expertise.

Once again, thank you so much for the recognition as well as your continuous support, and we look forward to collaborating with GFA even more in future."

- Agata Krasocka Global Lead Logistics, Global Customer Service and Logistics, HEINEKEN Supply Chain

BOLLORE LOGISTICS SINGAPORE

Bollore hosted and sponsored GFA's second Green Freight Leadership Society's which gathered trucking companies, manufacturers and technology providers discussing on the future of sustainable road freight practices in the Asia-Pacific.

 “We are truly honoured to receive the Ambassador Award from Green Freight Asia. Over the years of collaboration, we have established a great partnership with Green Freight Asia, and we are grateful for their utmost support towards our efforts to bring sustainability in freight operations to the next level. Being one of the global leaders in logistics and supply chain management, Bolloré Logistics is committed to continue leading the growth and promotion of green innovations and initiatives in the years to come.”    - Frédéric Marcerou, Managing Director, Bolloré Logistics Singapore

“We are truly honoured to receive the Ambassador Award from Green Freight Asia. Over the years of collaboration, we have established a great partnership with Green Freight Asia, and we are grateful for their utmost support towards our efforts to bring sustainability in freight operations to the next level. Being one of the global leaders in logistics and supply chain management, Bolloré Logistics is committed to continue leading the growth and promotion of green innovations and initiatives in the years to come.”

- Frédéric Marcerou, Managing Director, Bolloré Logistics Singapore

 

IKEA: GFA LABEL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
AND GFA AMBASSADOR AWARD recipient

In 2017, IKEA's 10 country operations were certified with GFA Labels. These include Australia, China, India, Japan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Indonesia which all formally committed to promote green freight in their operations.

IKEA also hosted our forum in Shanghai last July 2018 with more than 60 executives from all sectors sharing information on policy developments, corporate initiatives, and green freight technologies. 

 Andy with GFA Director Lin Shiu Mei      “These two awards are a validation of IKEA’s collaborative approach to carbon emission reduction in transport. The approach involved managers, purchasing team, sustainability team, and most importantly our service providers.   IKEA Transport aims to reduce 15% of absolute greenhouse gas emission by 2030 (2017 baseline. This means we want to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from every shipment by approximately 70%. We do not have all the answers at this point and we cannot achieve our goal alone. We must work together with all stakeholders and Green Freight Asia provides us an excellent platform to work in a collaborative way to reduce our emissions. GFA and IKEA share a similar vision - i.e. to decarbonize road freight transport and make a positive impact on the environment and society. We believe that together we can make it happen.”   - Andy Yang, Sustainability Developer Transport Area Asia-Pacific, IKEA Purchasing Service (China) Co., Ltd

Andy with GFA Director Lin Shiu Mei


“These two awards are a validation of IKEA’s collaborative approach to carbon emission reduction in transport. The approach involved managers, purchasing team, sustainability team, and most importantly our service providers.

IKEA Transport aims to reduce 15% of absolute greenhouse gas emission by 2030 (2017 baseline. This means we want to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from every shipment by approximately 70%. We do not have all the answers at this point and we cannot achieve our goal alone. We must work together with all stakeholders and Green Freight Asia provides us an excellent platform to work in a collaborative way to reduce our emissions. GFA and IKEA share a similar vision - i.e. to decarbonize road freight transport and make a positive impact on the environment and society. We believe that together we can make it happen.”

- Andy Yang, Sustainability Developer
Transport Area Asia-Pacific, IKEA Purchasing Service (China) Co., Ltd

2018 Green Freight Forum



 GFA Director Jessica Kipp welcomes participants and shares updates on GFA's programs

GFA Director Jessica Kipp welcomes participants and shares updates on GFA's programs


The GFA 2018 Forum took place on 27 September 2018 in Singapore. The theme “Dealing with Key Constraints to the Adoption of Green Freight Practices and Technologies”, looked at key challenges for the industry and identify how to boost the adoption of sustainable road freight practices in the Asia-Pacific. 

The event entails presentations on enabling policies, programs and technologies to foster green freight, and available green financial schemes from governments. GFA also launched its inaugural GFA Awards - the GFA Label Achievement Award and the GFA Ambassador Award - and introduced the first green freight sticker for vehicles.

Close to 100 executives – industry experts, sustainability professionals, supply chain executives, technology providers, and policymakers - discussed green freight concerns, shared their knowledge and experiences and proposed ideas on how to advance sustainable road freight embedding Green Freight Asia's role. 

To see the presentation materials, photos, and results of the break-out session, please click here.

Panel Discussion

 The panel on Technology and Green Freight lead by Mr. Michael Groom, Transport Excellence, DHL Thailand answers queries on telematics' return of investments, energy efficiency and obstacles in implementing telematics to fleet.  The panelists include (from right) Taywin Kongchandee, Senior Sales Manager, Volvo Trucks Hub South East Asia, Wong Jing Jie, Head of Logistic Solution, Logisfleet and Boyong Wang, Strategic Partnerships Director, Smart Freight Centre.

The panel on Technology and Green Freight lead by Mr. Michael Groom, Transport Excellence, DHL Thailand answers queries on telematics' return of investments, energy efficiency and obstacles in implementing telematics to fleet.

The panelists include (from right) Taywin Kongchandee, Senior Sales Manager, Volvo Trucks Hub South East Asia, Wong Jing Jie, Head of Logistic Solution, Logisfleet and Boyong Wang, Strategic Partnerships Director, Smart Freight Centre.

Breakout Session

 Breakout session:  What are the challenges and solutions in technology adoption and how can GFA help?   These participants shared that the main challenges are cost of technologies, lack of infrastructure (ICT and road) and engaging and convincing the trucking companies to go green.  Possible solutions include gain-sharing, collaboration and data transparency.

Breakout session: What are the challenges and solutions in technology adoption and how can GFA help?

These participants shared that the main challenges are cost of technologies, lack of infrastructure (ICT and road) and engaging and convincing the trucking companies to go green.

Possible solutions include gain-sharing, collaboration and data transparency.

  What are the difficulties in financial schemes and how can GFA help?   The group shared that the application process for current financial schemes are complicated, there is lack of clarity on return on investment which is essential in applications and banks are hesitant to give lower interest rates without government support.  GFA can help by matching members to potential financial guarantor and by providing data on savings from green freight programs or technology.

What are the difficulties in financial schemes and how can GFA help?

The group shared that the application process for current financial schemes are complicated, there is lack of clarity on return on investment which is essential in applications and banks are hesitant to give lower interest rates without government support.

GFA can help by matching members to potential financial guarantor and by providing data on savings from green freight programs or technology.

Available for members: Access to Finance for Green Freight report

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We recognize that transitioning to a clean and low carbon transport future not only requires policy support and market participation but also financial support. To support our members, we will launch our research report “Access to Finance for Green Freight” on November 20 2018.

This report introduces where, what, and how companies can access 'green funds' to support their green freight programs and accelerate their transition towards sustainable road freight.

Email to info@greenfreightasia.org if you wish to have a copy.

Join our forum this 27 September!

Last year, we organized the “Green Technologies Forum” where we shared key technologies and practices that can help companies lower emissions and improve operational efficiencies. We also introduced an exclusive research report, which highlighted trends and statistics underlining the need for action toward a greener freight industry. 
 
However, while the conclusion was that the technologies and practices that we featured in our forum and research report yield net savings over time and contribute to a better environment, we also recognized some of the most common constraints in adopting green technologies and practices are access to finance and complexity of implementation. 

To help fill in the gap, this coming 27 September we will share:

·         Information from practitioners and experts on scalable Green Freight technologies and innovations
·         Supportive policies in implementing green freight programs to improve companies' environmental performances
·         First results from this year’s GFA research study on financial support available to companies that want to invest into green freight technologies

We encourage you to attend, join the discussion, and help build the green freight landscape in this region.  

For FREE registration, please email us at bernal.ann@greenfreightasia.org or use this link to sign up. 

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GREEN FREIGHT LEADERS' SOCIETY FORUM

In collaboration with the Smart Freight Centre, GFA organized the Green Freight Leader’s Society (GFLS) Forum last 12 July 2018, which was held in Shanghai, China. 

Participants include business leaders, government representatives, industry associations, research institutes and academia, technology providers and OEMs, development agencies and NGOs, and other partners dedicated to green freight where they learned about various initiatives on green freight and developments on sustainable freight including regulatory trends.

Here are the program highlights:
1. Mr. Wang Jian, Chair China Federation of Logistic and Purchase gave an overview on developments of key policy and regulations

2.  Mr. Wang Zhe of Rock Mountain Institute talked about urban freight and uptake of new energy vehicles: in Shenzhen

3. Mr. Michael Zhang, Sustainability Developer at IKEA presented their sustainability program, achievements, and challenges

4. Mr. Zhao Jun, Project Manager at Newbrother Logistics shared their green freight action plans and initiatives

5. A panel discussion on how to accelerate the adoption of sustainable solutions and carbon reduction efforts in China

Exciting outcomes from the event include:
1. Opportunities between SFC and GFA to collaborate further to further advance GFA’s mission in China

2.  A collective understanding among participants on the roles of each sector  in providing concrete solutions to promote green freight

3. A shared expectation on the need to develop an engagement platform (participatory approach) and specific focus (topics for further dialogue) and target objectives for future sessions. 

It’s great news that participants want to continue to engage and to sharpen the discussions going forward. Stay tuned for how GFA can support the next steps.

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GFA is also grateful to the following partners for making the Green Freight Leaders' Society (GFLS) Forum in Shanghai possible:

1. IKEA (a GFA Founding Member)
2. Heineken (a GFA Founding Member)
3. Smart Freight Centre (China)
4. China Green Freight Initiative
5. Business for Social Responsibility (China)
 

 

 

Watch the video of GFA event in Shanghai.

3rd Assembly: Green Freight Leaders' Society

Green Freight Asia held its 3rd Green Freight Leader's Society assembly last 2 August 2018 and was hosted by its member company, Bollore Logistics Singapore. 

About 20 senior executives from a dozen organizations attended the gathering where they learned about Bollore Logistics' green initiatives and also GFA's programs. One of the main discussions of the night was on current and future sustainable practices in Asia-Pacific. 

The 2-hour informal gathering ended with dinner at the rooftop garden where everyone had a good time knowing and connecting with each other.

We greatly appreciate Bollore Logistics for hosting our 3rd GFLS assembly this year! 

GFA in Shanghai

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GFA will be holding the second session of its Green Freight Leaders Society (GFLS)  and this time it will be in Shanghai, China on 12 July 2018. It will be a gathering  of executives and professionals dedicated to the sustainable and efficient freight sector. The event is jointly organized by GFA and Smart Freight Centre and with sponsorship from GFA's members' -  IKEA and Heineken.  

The event is designed to: 
1. Facilitate information sharing and collaboration among key partner on green freight and logistics development; 
2. Present and showcase progress made on sustainable and green freight with business leaders, green shippers, logistics service providers (LSPs) and carriers; 
3. Brief the participants on policy and regulatory trends, discuss industry development pathways, and introduce innovative technologies, measures and sustainable freight solutions. 

Participants of the GFLS forum will include business leaders, government representatives, industry associations, research institutes and academia, technology providers and OEMs, development agencies and NGOs, and other partners dedicated to green freight:

1. Multinational companies, shippers, LSPs and carriers : 
-  IKEA, Heineken, H&M, NIKE, Lenovo, DB Schenker, DHL, P&G, Siemens. Dow Chemical, ACER, Wal-Mart,
- CML, Sinotrans, Newbrother, and GFA member carriers, etc. 

2. OEMs and technology providers:
- SCANIA, Volkswagen, Daimler, Foton, Ford
- WEBCO, Giti, MotionEco, Michelin, Geodis, Lohr, Convertible Trailers, G7, Cummins, Sinoiov, 56,  Lohr, Convertible Trailers, G7    

3. Industry Associations: China Road Transport Association, China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFPL) , EU Chamber of Commerce in China,  American Chamber of Commerce in China

4. Development agencies and NGOs: Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), GIZ, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Energy Foundation China,  Rocky Mountain Institute

5.  Research institute and academia: Shanghai Jiaotong University and Qinghua University

Venue: Hotel Shanghai, Pujiang Hall, 800, Lingling Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai

We have limited seats. If you would like to join or would like to extend an invitation to your country representative or business partners in China, please let us know and email bernal.ann@greenfreightasia.org. 

GFA Label Awardees

DHL  Supply Chain - Japan

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Congratulations to DHL Supply Chain Japan, which received the GFA Label –
Leaf 3!  This award is a testament that the business unit has passed the criteria for regular vehicle maintenance, the use of green technologies to improve fuel efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions and lastly for providing eco-driving training to its drivers. It's no surprise that DHL Japan receives this GFA Label –Leaf 3 award as the company has an extensive sustainability drive under its GoGreen program.
 

This is certainly a very special award for DHL Supply Chain (DSC) Japan. By receiving this award, it reassures the company and the employees that DSC Japan is proactively doing something good for the environment, which is perfectly aligned with our global direction. A lot of hard work has gone into obtaining this certificate and will continue to maintain and exceed the governance and management of our fleet. This is not the end of our journey as we will always need to continuously improve. Hopefully, one day we will obtain the GFA Label Leaf 4 – the highest rank. I would also like to thank the staff on the ground who actually do the hard work and to GFA for helping us obtain the certification.
— Tetsuro Makuuchi, Program Director

Shanghai Transwin Logistics
(China)

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Kudos to Shanghai Transwin Logistics too! The transport and logistics company received the  GFA Label - Leaf 2 this month. This award is an improvement over their previous GFA Label status, which was Leaf 1, and is an indicator of the company's commitment and progress for green freight practices. Now, Shanghai Transwin employs fuel and carbon reduction in its vehicles and also provided eco-driving training to its drivers.

The awarding of GFA Leaf Two certificate is an encouragement for Transwin focused on fuel emission, CO2 reduction and environmental protection in the past years. Meanwhile, we will keep on going, always be a greener road partner and growing together with GFA.
— Landy Yao, Key Account Director