Green Freight Asia (GFA) received a $32,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).
The grant will be used toward raising awareness on sustainable road freight and low carbon economy, providing capacity building programs, and scaling reach and impact. Under the grant, GFA will organize a roadshow in three countries - Hong Kong, Vietnam and Korea - this year.
“We are very grateful to the UPS Foundation for recognising the value of our organization and deciding to support us with this grant. It will help GFA to reach out to a broader community in order to increase awareness on the need for a sustainable road freight and offer insights on the existing means to achieve results. We, as GFA, are confident that the initiatives we will drive - thanks to the support of the UPS Foundation - will spark interest and engagement from various stakeholders towards a sustainable future,” said Roxane Desmicht, Green Freight Asia Director.
Established n 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and environment.
In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
"The UPS Foundation is honored to support Green Freight Asia's efforts to reduce carbon emissions in Asia-Pacific," said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”
We are delighted to welcome three new members to our network.
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.
2. Shenzhen E-Road Logistics
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
CATEGORY: HIGHEST LEAF ACHIEVEMENT
(DHL Thailand is the first GFA member to achieve the GFA Label Leaf 3 & Leaf 4.)
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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com if you wish to have a copy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or use this link to sign up.
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.
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)