THE UPS Foundation awards grant to Green Freight Asia

We are pleased to inform our community that The UPS Foundation granted USD 32,000 to Green Freight Asia (GFA) this month, which is meant to help reduce carbon emissions from freight transport in the Asia-Pacific.  Through this grant, GFA will organize a roadshow in three countries focusing on raising awareness of sustainable road freight, training, opportunities for sharing best practices to scale up GFA's reach and impact in this region.  More details on this will be provided soon.

We are pleased to inform our community that The UPS Foundation granted USD 32,000 to Green Freight Asia (GFA) this month, which is meant to help reduce carbon emissions from freight transport in the Asia-Pacific.

Through this grant, GFA will organize a roadshow in three countries focusing on raising awareness of sustainable road freight, training, opportunities for sharing best practices to scale up GFA's reach and impact in this region.

More details on this will be provided soon.

GFA holds eco-driving training in Malaysia for its member's outsourced fleet

GFA organized a one-day defensive and eco-driving training for its members' subcontractors in Selangor, Malaysia last 5 January 2018.

A total of 15 drivers working for 3 GFA member companies - i.e. Heineken, HP and Bollore Logistics - attended the training session. The course provided by ISO Group, included theory and practical sessions. 

GFA is grateful to its member - Heineken -  for sponsoring the F&B at the training and to the Material Handling and Logistics Technology Association of Malaysia for defraying a portion of the training fees. 

(Initial results from Lao PDR and Viet Nam eco-driving training program implemented by Grutter Consulting in 2016 showed that immediately after the training, the drivers averaged fuel savings of 7-8% compared to before. If maintained, this would equate to 3-4 tonnes less of carbon dioxide emitted per annum per truck in the two countries and would create a positive cost-benefit ratio.)

Green Freight Asia welcomes new members


We are delighted to welcome three new members to our network.

GSSC.JPG
  1. APL Logistics Supply Chain Services (Beijing)

    Incorporated in 1977, APL Logistics is the go-to global supply chain specialist for companies in the Automotive, Consumer, Industrials, and Retail sectors. The APL Logistics group of companies has a global network covering all major markets and is backed by a multinational workforce of over 6,800 people. APL Logistics is a member of the Kintetsu World Express group, a global logistics services provider, and offers comprehensive services and solutions which include supply chain engineering, technology service, and customer service.

    The company's subsidiaries – APL Logistics Bonded Supply Chain Services (Shanghai) Co., Ltd and APL Logistics Supply Chain Services (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd are now members of GFA.

    Website: http://www.apllogistics.com

2. Shenzhen E-Road Logistics

Shenzhen Eroad.jpg

Shenzhen-headquartered, E-Road Logistics Co., Ltd., started as a domestic air freight forwarder in 1995. Its services include door-to-door, port-to-port, offshore arrangement, reverse logistics, etc. and offers its air cargo service with LTL (less-than-truckload) rates. 

The company has four regional distribution centers (RDCs) and are located in Shenzhen, Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai with more than 200,000 square meters of warehouse space. It will also operate 3 additional RDCs and will be in Wuhan for Central China, one in Xi’an for Northwest China and one in Shenyang for Northeast China. 

E-Road Logistics key customers include Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE.  

Website: https://www.e-henglu.com

thin thang.jpeg

3. Tin Thang Trading (Vietnam)

Tin Thang Transport is a logistics company based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The company also provides transit services to Cambodia and Laos markets. 

Currently, Tin Thang is building the repair service for Europe tractors.

Website:https://tinthang.erponline.vn

Shenzhen Eroad.jpg

DHL Thailand briefs subcontractors about green freight

DHL Supply Chain (Thailand) Transport Management took the opportunity to share about Green Freight Asia to its sub-contractors at its meeting in the last quarter of 2018. DHL Thailand updated them about its collaborative journey with GFA in reducing CO2 emissions. 

The Transport team specifically referenced how the support of driver training, maintenance, vendor management teams and the Transport Management Center could help them to improve their carbon footprint. 

DHL Supply Chain (Thailand) partners with 150 sub-contractors who operate +2500 vehicles covering retail, consumer, automotive, industrial, manufacturing and technology industries. 

Quarterly meetings are held to share business requirements, service updates, safety developments, and best practices. 


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 & Leaf 4.)

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.

2_SHS.jpg

"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

Access to Finance for Green Freight.jpg

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. 

Admin Info_GFA Forum-page-001.jpg
Admin Info_GFA Forum.jpg
Admin Info_GFA Forum-page-003.jpg
Admin Info_GFA Forum-page-004.jpg
Admin Info_GFA Forum-page-005.jpg