China Green Freight Initiative Gathering Stakeholders for Greener Freight Sector Development

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01 July 2014, BEIJING

The third annual China Green Freight Initiative Workshop was held by the China Road Transport Association (CRTA), Clean Air Asia and the Research Institute of Highway (RIOH) of the Ministry of Transport with support from the Energy Foundation and the GIZ. Approximately 110 participants from Ministry of Transport (MOT), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), research institutions, carriers, shippers and truck manufacturers, technology suppliers from home and abroad as well as NGOs attended the conference.

Mme. Wang Limei, Vice President and Secretary-General of CRTA chaired the opening session, during which she extended her sincere welcome and gratitude to all the guests and partners. Mr. Yang Limin, President of CRTA introduced the progress of the China Green Freight Initiative (CGFI) since its launch and outlined its future priorities. Mr. Liu Xiaoming, Director of CGFI Steering Committee, Director-General of Department of Transportation of MOT pointed out that promoting green freight is one of the main areas of the Sino-US bilateral cooperation. As an important platform, Mr. Liu suggested that CGFI adopt a broad vision, attract partners from the whole industrial chain, and turn CGFI into a society-wide initiative. Mr. Jim Blubaugh, Director of the International Programs Office of Transportation and Air Quality of the USEPA expressed his willingness to further the cooperation with China and bring advanced experiences in the US freight sector to China. As representatives of CGFI implementing agencies, Mr. Zhou Wei, Dean of the RIOH and Mr. Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director of Clean Air Asia welcomed participants and shared their views of CGFI development at the opening session.

Mr. Liu Xiaoming, Director-General of Department of Transportation of MOT, was making a speech at the opening session. The panel of speakers from left to right (seated): Mme. Wang Limei, Vice President and Secretary-General of CRTA; Mr. Zhou Wei, Dean of RIOH; Mr. Yang Limin, President of CRTA; Mr. Jim Blubaugh, Director of the International Programs Office of Transportation and Air Quality of the USEPA; and Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director of Clean Air Asia.

The conference consists of four sessions covering the contents of policies, best practices, technologies, management and development of green freight. Topics on China environmental protection policies in transport sector, energy conservation and emission reduction policies and actions in road freight sector, CGFI green standards demonstration, carriers’ best practices, lightweight vehicle technologies, low resistance tires, information technology utilization, and policies and best practices of green freight in Asia, America, Europe and other regions were presented. During the panel discussion at the end of each session, speakers and participants had proactive and interactive discussions on how to promote green freight in China through green freight policies development, how can CGFI encourage more enterprises to join the practice of green freight, how to support the development of green technologies and how to better serve enterprises. As an important step forward, engaging shippers under CGFI was kicked off at the seminar. Lenovo Group and P&G received the CGFI ‘Green Shipper Certificate’ at a specially designed ceremony and commit to supporting green freight practices under the CGFI platform.

Mr. Gong Huiming, Transport Program Director of Energy Foundation China delivered a speech in the closing session. He extended gratitude to the great support from all the green freight stakeholders and expressed the hope of strengthening cooperation, creating and sharing common values in the future.

High-level officials and all key stakeholders’ support to and expectations from CGFI were clearly witnessed at the seminar. It sent a very positive message to all participants that improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions in the freight sector is the direction in China. CGFI, as the first national program working on freight sector green development, starts from road freight, covering green management, green technology and green driving components. It will move towards intermodal transport promotion and other freight mode areas step by step. ###

Clean Air Asia was established in 2001 as the premier air quality network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and USAID. Its mission is to promote better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and other sectors. For more information log on to http://www.cleanairasia.org.

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MINGMING LIU
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Clean Air Asia China Office
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