Green Freight in the GMS
The GMS Environment Operations Center gave a presentation about CEP work to develop green freight pilot projects in Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam at the ADB Transport Forum, held in Manila on 8 November.
Sumit Pokhrel, Senior Climate Change Specialist, highlighted the importance of creating access to finance in order to deploy cleaner technologies and build the management and technical capacity of small-medium freight enterprises. The pilot projects are part of a larger effort to look at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the GMS economic corridors.
The presentation was part of the ‘Green Freight’ session, which aimed to showcase different viewpoints on green freight including those of the private sector, NGOs, government and development partners. Speakers included representatives of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, Scania Group, ADB and the Sustainable Supply Chain Centre – Asia Pacific.
Among the key messages from the session was the need to increase the efficiency of logistics system as a whole by considering the supply chain for various products, rather than focusing on transport alone. Another was the need to shift to more efficient modes of transport such as rail or inland water ways. In terms of road freight, it was pointed out that there is no ‘magic bullet’ to increase the efficiency of freight – a bundled approach including technologies, driver training and capacity building is required.
Publish Date: 15th November 2012
Last Updated: 18th September 2013