GMS Green Freight Initiative (2013 onwards)

The freight and logistics sector in the GMS plays a pivotal role in supporting the expansion of trade, and in turn, economic growth. A 2010 Core Environment Program study of the GMS East-West Economic Corridor – connecting Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam - found that promoting green freight through improved logistics management and fuel efficiency measures could reduce GHG emissions and lower freight company fuel costs.

During the study, a detailed freight sector assessment was carried out and found that the widespread use of old, inefficient diesel-fuelled trucks – particularly in Lao PDR and Viet Nam – was largely responsible for high emissions.  Sector inefficiencies were seen as a compounding factor, characterized by a fragmented transport industry, especially for small-medium companies which lacked logistics management and capital investment.   A survey of trucking companies found that 25-50% of journeys were being run with empty loads.

In 2012, consultations were conducted with government agencies and small-medium trucking companies and associations to conceptualize a Green Freight Initiative to pilot approaches to reduce emissions. The $1.2 million initiative is being implemented in target provinces in each of the three countries, and will focus on the following interventions:

  • Increase access to financing for green technologies and truck fleet upgrades
  • Improve logistics management to reduce empty running
  • Improve driver behavior to be more fuel efficient 

The project will establish a funding mechanism, and will work with 25 trucking companies in each country to reduce fuel use by 10% against a baseline. If the initiative proves successful, the Core Environment Program will work with stakeholders to investigate options for scaling up through climate change funding streams.

Resources

File Name Size Modified
Green Freight Initiative VietNam Final Report.pdf 2 MB 21-03-2017
Report on Eco​-driver training Lao PDR and Viet Nam ​- Grutter Consulting July 2016.pdf 980 KB 18-08-2016
GMS Green freight projects​-scoping report.pdf 342 KB 26-11-2013
Green Freight Initiative Summary.pdf 80 KB 30-06-2014
Green Freight Cambodia.pdf 2 MB 17-11-2014

Publish Date: 12th September 2013

Last Updated: 21st March 2017


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Eco-driving to Reduce Freight GHG Emissions in the GMS

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