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GREEN FREIGHT ASIA RECEIVES $32,000 GRANT FROM THE UPS FOUNDATION

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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.”

 

GFA holds eco-driving training in Malaysia for its members' 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.

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  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

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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

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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

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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:


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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

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“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