Green Freight and Logistics Program

Freight now accounts for 35% of the world’s transport energy use, and is growing more rapidly than passenger transportation. In Asia, freight movement is expected to grow from 1 to 8 billion ton-kms between 2000 and 2050. Trucks represent as little as 5% of national vehicle populations, yet they generate around 60% of transport emissions. Most countries do not have effective national programs or policies, financing mechanisms, data and standard methodologies to support the private sector in improving fuel efficiency and reducing emission intensity across the supply chain. As the freight sector is highly fragmented and covers multiple modes, governments and the private sector need to collaborate nationally and regionally.

Projects and Activities:

For information on green freight and logistics see Green Freight and Logistics Website, and you can also download or register for our regular News digest on green freight and logistics

Our Green Freight and Logistics Program consist of three components:

  1. Establish regional and national green freight programs or initiatives. We will continue to support China in the implementation of the China Green Freight Initiative, while working with other governments to design and establish similar national green freight programs. Support to gain traction for a national program can take the form of pilot projects, national green freight seminars, study tours, policy briefs, and advisory groups with representatives from different government agencies. Regional coordination among governments and the private sector will ensure program consistency in Asia and with programs in the US and Europe.
  2. Mobilize a Green Freight Asia Network of private sector companies and associations. GFAN will be developed as the main private sector partner for national initiatives on green freight, and as the Asia equivalent of US SmartWay and Green Freight Europe. Through working groups with GFAN members, we will work on developing the GFAN organization and expanding its membership; methodologies and tools for CO2 measurement and reporting; public and private stakeholder engagement; and a platform on technologies, capacity building and financing solutions.
  3. Improve knowledge and data on the road freight sector to inform policies, programs, or initiatives. To build confidence in green freight technologies and strategies, pilot projects will be initiated in various countries on clean technologies (making use of the Green Trucks Toolkit), urban freight, and other areas. In support of the Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum, a set of green freight indicators will be established, as well as a database and processes to collect and report data by different Asian countries. We will continue with research studies, our Green Freight & Logistics website, news digest and other forms of communication to increase awareness and knowledge.

Goals 2016 for Asia

  • Asian countries have a national green freight initiative or are part of a similar multi-country initiative that actively engage government and the private sector.
  • Asian countries and cities of more than 1 million collect and regularly report key freight data.
  • Clean truck technologies are available and demonstrated across Asia.

Contact Person:

Robert Earley, rob.earley(at) (Program Manager)
Fu Lu, lu.fu(at) (China contact)
Parthaa Bosu, parthaa.bosu(at) (India contact)

Program Partners:

Cascade Sierra Solutions
Guangzhou Environmental Protection Bureau (GZEPB)
Guangzhou Project Management Office
Guangzhou TC
Sustainable Supply Chain Centre for Asia and the Pacific
US EPA Smartway Program


Asian Development Bank
Australian Government, AusAid
China Sustainable Energy Program (Energy Foundation)
China Road Transportation Association (CRTA)
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)
Energy Sector Management Assurance Program
UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
World Bank

Private Sector Partners:

Green Freight Asia

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