17 October 2011 – The Guangdong Government and the Clean Air Asia co-organized the Guangdong International Green Freight Trade Fair in Shenzhen from 12 to 14 October, with the support from Ministry of Transport PRC, World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It was combined with the Shenzhen International Logistics Transportation Fair, the second largest in the world, and attracted over 10,000 visitors. At the Fair, Guangdong Province launched the Green Freight Demonstration Project which aims to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions of its truck fleets. The US$ 14 million project is a partnership between the Guangdong Government, World Bank and GEF.
“Guangdong Province is committed to making its freight sector greener and more competitive at the same time” stated Mr. Yang Xiping, Deputy Director General of the Guangdong Department of Transport at the launch ceremony. “Energy efficient technologies are one way of achieving this and the government can facilitate making technologies more accessible for trucking companies.“ Under the project, companies can avail government rebates for energy efficient technologies installed on their trucks, covering tires, aerodynamics, and driver behavior diagnostic systems. Cash rewards will also be granted to them if they operate the installed technologies and provide required monitoring and evaluation reports.
Opening Speech by Deputy General Director of Guangdong DoT – Mr.Yang Xiping
According to the Ministry of Transport, China’s road freight transport accounts for 44% of total transport sector fuel consumption, which is about 15% of total national crude oil, and emitting about 350 million tons of CO2 in 2010. “The potential for savings is huge because the fuel efficiency of trucks running on roads in China is about 30% lower than that in advanced OECD countries,” explained Mr. Ede Ijjasz, Sector Manager, China Sustainable Development Unit, World Bank.
The Guangdong International Green Freight Trade Fair, which kick-started the project, aimed to make truck companies more familiar with available technologies on the Chinese market. Over sixty policy makers, truck companies, and international experts discussed at the Guangdong Green Freight Workshop how to maximize fuel savings through the project and make maximum use of existing international experience. “The greatest opportunities for international collaboration lie in clean technology verification, best practices in freight logistics, and fuel and CO2 emissions monitoring and reporting.” Clean Air Asia’s Executive Director Sophie Punte said. “Clean Air Asia will continue to support Guangdong Province and China to use the Guangdong project as a platform for stakeholders to make green freight a reality.”
For more information, please contact:
China Office, Clean Air Asia
Tel: +86 (0)10 8528 8381
For report and photos of the Fair, Project Launch and Workshop, please visit:
Green Freight and Logistics website http://www.greenfreightandlogistics.org/