Green Freight Projects Underway in the GMS
Projects targeting the fuel efficiency of road freight transport in Lao PDR and Viet Nam officially began in early February following inception meetings in the two countries.
Road freight is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the GMS while fuel costs are a significant burden for freight transport companies. Fuel efficiency improvements within road freight transport thus provides a win-win scenario by helping freight transport companies become more competitive while also reducing their carbon footprint.
The Green Freight Initiative projects will initially work with three small-medium road freight transport companies in each country to test technologies such as fuel efficient tires, pressure monitoring of tires, aerodynamic equipment, and software such as the Global Positioning System. Concurrently, potential financing mechanisms are being explored to ensure more road freight companies can access the technologies following testing.
During the inception meetings, consultations were held to detail out arrangements for cross-ministerial steering committees, to establish a monitoring framework, and to look at other interventions such as improving logistics management and driver eco-training.
The meetings were attended by officials from energy, environment, and transport ministries, as well as representatives from transport associations and companies. In Lao PDR, the Department of Transport under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is responsible, while the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam is taking the lead on behalf of its Ministry of Transport. The Green Freight Initiative also includes Thailand, and a launch event in Bangkok is planned for early March.
Publish Date: 25th February 2015
Last Updated: 17th March 2015