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.
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)
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com and we will send you the file...
· 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 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.
 A company’s Graphical Summary will only be viewable by the company, and all information solicited will be kept strictly confidential.
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.
Eco-driving session in Singapore
Eco-driving session in the Mekong Region
If you are interested in joining, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A training on the GFA Label and green optimization strategies for shippers will be held on 28 February 2018 (Singapore time) via webinar