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Pro-active coalition to catalyse green growth in Asia

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Singapore, 02nd May 2019 – Renowned non-profit organisation Green Freight Asia (GFA) and LYS Energy Group (LYS Energy), Singapore-based leading solar power producer (IPP) and carbon offset facilitator in Asia, join-forces to promote and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon environment and catalyse sustainability in Asia.

 

International community has widely acknowledged the serious threats posed by the impacts of climate change. The damages caused by human activities are converging into an urgently approaching tipping point for Planet Earth. As being a major cause of environmental degradation, indisputably, business sector including transportation are more and more pressured from the public and government to go extra-mile on regulatory compliance. But the private sector is also changing the status quo - as it has a pivotal role to play for climate change mitigation - in helping countries to reduce carbon emissions and deliver faster transition to clean and green energy.

Although corporate sector must adapt to growing environmental, governmental and consumer pressures, organisations can benefit by taking actions to anticipate climate-related risks such as regulatory policies, price volatility, and shifts in product-preference. Today, concrete actions from external-stakeholder must be completed by multisectoral actions.

“LYS Energy has long predicted the need for supply chains in Asia to adopt sustainable practices. As the climate challenge is happening, organisations are inevitably urged by governments and consumer preferences for more green products, to reduce the carbon impacts of their business. Concurrently, green momentum is increasing within the private sector but there is more that can be achieved to spearhead responsible practices adoption within an organisation, enabling carbon emissions reduction to zero. If Asia countries are to remain competitive and meet their Sustainable Development Goals, private sector must develop, and all stakeholders must act together to implement solutions.” stated Lionel Steinitz.

 “The alliance with LYS broadens GFA’s portfolio of services to our member companies. Many of those have signed up to zero emission targets and that requires not only carbon reduced but also carbon neutral solutions for transport and warehousing.” stated Stephan Schablinski, GFA Board member

As community-led and collaborative models of growth are cornerstone of the sustainable economy, GFA and LYS Energy strategic alliance has one ambition: to give to all members and customers the edge in their path towards the energy transition in Asia.

The aforementioned unique and strategic collaboration - a combined forces of capabilities in asserting the unique positioning of our solutions, proficiencies in helping companies to address CSR efforts, industrial supports expertise in tackling soaring energy costs, carbon reductions and accelerating green technologies adoption, and maximizing our regional reach - will focus on the creation of innovative green sourcing solutions such as label, green energy sourcing and technology platform and building capacity program.

“GFA and LYS Energy synergy will provide holistic solutions to help businesses and supply chains attain their sustainability ambitions acting beyond measure and planning to become responsible leaders. We strongly believe this disruptive alliance has a tipping point to propel large-scale of green adoption in the region.” underlined Lionel Steinitz.

“The electrification of ground transport is an important solution for our members on their path to zero emissions and to significantly reduced air and noise pollution especially in urban areas. But E-mobility is more than just replacing a diesel vehicle with an electric one. This transition requires a new energy concept as the existing power supply of a logistics facility is oftentimes not sufficient enough to charge a fleet of e-vehicles. This is where local power generation through Solar PV can play an important role to not only provide this additional power but also ensure it is green and contributes to the company’s zero emission targets. With LYS being a player in this field, our members will benefit from their expertise and advice for their efforts to transition to e-mobility.” added Stephan Schablinski.

 

GFA’s board of Directors has appointed Lionel Steinitz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LYS Energy Solutions Pte Ltd, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Lionel has been active in the renewable energy space through his own consultancy firm, advising governments, corporations and investors on project structuring and financing, and advisory on RE Policies. He has advised several governments and financial institutions and has overseen the development of over 250MWp of renewable energy projects across various technologies. Additionally, Lionel’s expertise recognition is furthermore emphasized by multiple endorsements and prices in sustainability and sustainable finance and is regularly invited as a guest speaker to high-level conferences, MBA Programs, or educational courses in the region.

Board of Directors is confident that Lionel’s extensive experience and strong track record will enable the association to achieve its continuing growth ambitions.

“We are very happy to have been able to convince Lionel to come on board. His enthusiasm and commitment to a sustainable future will surely help to bring GFA to a brand-new level, this will be benefit existing members, the ones to come and the overall freight community.” highlighted Roxanne Desmicht, GFA Board member.

For more information on GFA, please contact and LYS Energy, for more information on GFA, please visit www.greenfreightasia.org and www.lysenergy.com. Green Freight Asia and LYS Energy are operating across Asia and shall share new milestones and events in the coming weeks.

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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

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.

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.

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. 

REGISTER AT OUR GHG METHODOLOGY WEBINAR!

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Due to popular demand, GFA will hold another GHG methodology webinar but this time it will be in Mandarin. The session will be on 5 June 2018, 4:00 pm (Singapore time) and if you're interested, please email to bernal.ann@greenfreightasia.org to register.

Topics covered are: 
1. Existing GHG methodology guidance
2. Common practices to estimate
3. Estimate or manage? Limitations and solutions.


Did you miss the English session of our GHG methodology webinar? Good news! We have a recorded version of that session for your viewing anytime!

To avail of that presentation, please email to info@greenfreightasia.org and we will send you the file...




 

 

Get Involved: SUTD's first National Commodity Flow Survey to Improve Traffic Flow in Singapore

 ·      Study will be carried out in collaboration with the the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Land Transport Authority and JTC Corporation.

·      Participants will receive vouchers and access to analytical tools via a Data Dashboard.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is leading a collaboration with three government agencies and a research center to carry out the first ever nationwide study of goods and vehicles movement within the country.

The national Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) is a joint effort by SUTD, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and JTC Corporation. Information collected will be used in research studies and to assist the government with the planning of key infrastructure for more efficient logistics and transportation operation. The study will be conducted from now until end-2018.

The CFS will be administered online and select business establishments around Singapore will receive invitations to participate. It has two main components:

1.    The Establishment Survey, which contains questions about the establishment’s goods and vehicle operations; and

2.    The Vehicle Survey, whereby goods vehicles can be tracked, and their drivers surveyed.

Businesses that participate in the survey will help in the planning and development of infrastructure and policies in Singapore, which will benefit all stakeholders. Participants who complete the survey will also be presented with a Graphical Summary[1] of responses to benchmark their establishment against others. Furthermore, all participants who complete the survey will be eligible for a Lucky Draw, where three lucky participants can win $1,000 vouchers. Meanwhile, drivers who complete the Vehicle Survey will each receive a $50 supermarket voucher.

Freight transport demand is growing, and the survey will ultimately help us find solutions to mitigate associated traffic congestion. Understanding what and how goods are moved within our city is the first step towards finding ways to optimize these flows. We have designed the survey to provide feedback to the respondent, which can be useful for their own operations planning.” - Assistant Professor Lynette Cheah, SUTD, Principal Investigator and lead researcher of the CFS. 

Countries such as Japan, the United States, Sweden and France have used similar surveys to plan the locations of logistics facilities and freight-friendly infrastructure.

For more information about the survey, interested parties may visit http://mobility.sutd.edu.sg/cfs or contact the research team at urbanfreight@sutd.edu.sg to register.

[1] A company’s Graphical Summary will only be viewable by the company, and all information solicited will be kept strictly confidential.

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Check out Supply Chain Asia's Forum this year!

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Join Supply Chain Asia’s Forum this year with a theme “The Digital Supply Chain Transformation! The 3-day event will feature world-renowned speakers in the supply chain, logistics, and digital technologies transformation, as well as a special site visit to the Supply Chain and Logistics Innovation Playground (SCLIP) designed to explore the adoption of innovative technologies. It will be held from 11-13 July 2018 at NTUC Auditorium @One Marina Boulevard, Supply Chain City, Singapore

This year's special keynote speaker is Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia.

To register, please visit this link. You can also find more information about the event

If you're a GFA member and attending the event, use this FREE Complimentary Code  – FRIENDSOFSCA.