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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.

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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

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.

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 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

GFA holds its first eco-driving training in Singapore

 Increasing road freight fuel efficiency is one of GFA’s core mission. In Asia, the cost of the fuel use is also usually increased by the prevalence of poor driving patterns such as speeding, idling, and disregarding safe driving practices. GFA strongly believes that apart from efficient truck technologies and logistics management solutions, driver capacity building is integral to improving fuel economy.    To support its members, GFA held a complimentary eco-driving training program in Singapore last 28 May 2018. Close to 20 drivers and fleet managers from 9 transport companies joined the half-day training session facilitated by AAS Academy. The training highlighted the benefits of eco-driving, proven eco-driving techniques covering vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, and vehicle choice, and most importantly how to calculate fuel savings. The session also includes a training on Speed which reminded attendees of the psychology of speeding, speed limits and impact.  GFA also would like to thank its member,  Bollore Logistics  not only for helping us organize the training and inviting their transport providers but also for sponsoring the training venue and the food and drinks for all the training participants.

Increasing road freight fuel efficiency is one of GFA’s core mission. In Asia, the cost of the fuel use is also usually increased by the prevalence of poor driving patterns such as speeding, idling, and disregarding safe driving practices. GFA strongly believes that apart from efficient truck technologies and logistics management solutions, driver capacity building is integral to improving fuel economy.  

To support its members, GFA held a complimentary eco-driving training program in Singapore last 28 May 2018. Close to 20 drivers and fleet managers from 9 transport companies joined the half-day training session facilitated by AAS Academy. The training highlighted the benefits of eco-driving, proven eco-driving techniques covering vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, and vehicle choice, and most importantly how to calculate fuel savings. The session also includes a training on Speed which reminded attendees of the psychology of speeding, speed limits and impact.

GFA also would like to thank its member, Bollore Logistics not only for helping us organize the training and inviting their transport providers but also for sponsoring the training venue and the food and drinks for all the training participants.

AS A LEADING LOGISTICS OPERATOR, BOLLORÉ LOGISTICS MOVES HUNDREDS OF TRUCKS AROUND ASIA EACH DAY. THEREFORE, IT IS CRUCIAL FOR US TO ENCOURAGE OUR TRUCKING CONTRACTORS AND DRIVERS TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE PART ON THE ROAD TOWARDS SAFER AND GREENER TRANSPORTATION. THIS TRAINING ADDRESSED TRUCK COMPANIES’ KEY OBJECTIVES OF SAFETY AND COST-SAVING, WHILE INCREASING PARTICIPANTS’ AWARENESS ON THE BENEFITS OF ECO-DRIVING TO REDUCE CO2 AND PARTICLE EMISSIONS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE SUCH INITIATIVES ACROSS ASIA AND FURTHER ENGAGE OUR PARTNERS IN OUR EFFORTS TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.
— MATHILDE DUMOULIN, SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, BOLLORE LOGISTICS

Al-Futtaim Logistics moves up to GFA Label - Leaf 2

Al-Futtaim Logistics, an international logistics and freight forwarding company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has been awarded the GFA Label - Leaf 2 green carrier certification. The certification was awarded to Al-Futtaim Logistics for its green initiatives which includes the use of biofuel in their fleet, fuel consumption monitoring, electronic planning tool and transport management technologies.

Al-Futtaim Logistics also focuses on improving driving habits by providing eco-driving training courses to all its drivers. The drivers are given speed & idling time restrictions in an effort to efficiently consume fuel. The company's vehicles are also equipped with technology that reduces friction and improves aerodynamics and are regularly maintained to ensure compliance to fuel emissions standards.

Al-Futtaim's achievement this year reflects its increasing commitment towards greener freight operations and in seeking new ways to be an environmentally friendly and sustainable company.

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GFA members learned about the basics of GHG calculations

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With strong request from members, GFA held a webinar on GHG Methodology (Discovering Carbon Emissions Calculation for Logistics) on 12 April 2018. Mr. Stephan Schablinski who is a member of the GFA Board of Directors and also the Vice-President, Global GoGreen, DHL Supply Chain facilitated the training and presented the GHG accounting principles, calculation methodologies and limitations of existing approaches.

More than 30 executives from 10 countries attended the one-hour training and here’s the highlight of the session:

1. Identify the purpose of your carbon accounting.
Is it to Improve corporate reputation and accountability through public disclosure?
Is it to reduce costs through improved supply chain efficiency?
Is it for new market opportunities?

2. Familiarize with the 3 scopes of GHG emissions reporting

3. Calculate emissions either by using Direct Method (uses emission factor) or Indirect Method  (uses consumption factors in combination with emission factors).

4. Make use of the GFA Label process as a convenient way to get your CO2e emissions calculated in line with applicable standards and to provide your customers with your company specific consumption factor.

 

What our participants say:

 “I like the way the presentation was done. Speaker was clear and pace was suitable for me to follow through. Examples were also given to illustrate the points. Thumbs up! (Singapore)

 "This was great training, we enjoyed a lot. It was very specific and clarifies all relevant terms, factors and formulae. Thanks again for this wonderful session.”  (Pakistan)

"I like the presentation, very clear and helpful to understand the background behind the calculation.” (China)

GFA can host another webinar session for this topic in English and Mandarin. Please email bernal.ann@greenfreightasia.org if you’re interested.

IKEA Vietnam's carriers participate in defensive and eco-driving training

Several drivers of IKEA Vietnam's transport providers attended the 3-day defensive and eco-driving training held from 30 March to 1 April 2018 at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The training sessions include Push-Pull and Hand-Over-Hand steering wheel techniques and Blind Spot Identification session for defensive driving.

"I highly appreciate the big support from GFA and GIZ on this training. It’s a good chance for our carriers to refresh their knowledge on safety driving, clarify confusions on blind spots, and clear key points on how to save fuel. It was an effective interaction to improve their competence, deepen knowledge and was also a good platform for sharing knowledge among participants." - Mr. Van Huynh Ba Bich, Sustainability Developer, IKEA Vietnam

IKEA Vietnam plans to invite more of their carriers' drivers to join in the next training session. If you're interested in this training, please be on the lookout for the upcoming schedule below:

23-25 April 2018  - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
04-06 May 2018  - Pathumthani, Thailand
12-14 June 2018 - Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
08-10 June 2018 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This training is organized by our partner, GIZ, a German development agency. Slots are free for GFA members. To register, please email bernal.ann@greenfreightasia.org.