Carbon neutral transport corridors feasibility study (2010-2012)

With support from ADB, ‘economic corridors’ are being developed across the GMS to improve transport connectivity and facilitate trade.  An upsurge in traffic and development along these corridors is leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions and environmental changes. These need to be carefully managed to ensure environmental sustainability.

In 2010, the ‘Carbon Neutral Transport Corridors’ feasibility study was commissioned under the GMS Core Environment Program to investigate the transport sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions along the GMS East-West Economic Corridor and identify viable ways to reduce them. This study marked the first attempt by the Core Environment Program to mainstream climate change considerations into the transport sector and engage transport ministries in each country.

The study revealed that transport emissions along the corridor – which connects Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam - were 1.1 million tonnes in 2005, and could triple in two decades if business-as-usual continued. It also found that the freight sector was responsible for 60% of emissions despite providing only 30% of corridor transport activity.

Two approaches to reducing the carbon impact of the freight sector were identified. One focused on mitigating transport emissions by increasing the fuel efficiency of company truck fleets, with estimates suggesting a 15% reduction in fuel use would reduce GHG emissions by approximately 23%. The other approach considered planting forests on degraded land nearby corridor roads. If suitable land would be reforested in one province along the corridor, the study estimated around 60% of emissions could be offset.

Based on the final feasibility study report completed in 2012, the green freight initiative is underway in Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. 



File Name Size Modified
CNTC​-Feasibility​-Report​-21Sept​-12.pdf 1 MB 19-11-2012
Proceedings​-Clean​-Truck​-Fleet​-Training Workshop​-Feb​-12.pdf 360 KB 19-11-2012
Green freight pilot projects​_28March.pdf 73 KB 06-12-2013
CNTC​_scoping report​_Final​_13June11.pdf 1 MB 18-06-2012
CNTC​_Prefeasibility Report​_2007.pdf 581 KB 18-06-2012

Publish Date: 30th May 2012

Last Updated: 3rd June 2016

See also

Towards Climate Change Resilience: Integrating Urban Biodiversity with CCA

18 to 20 December 2013

This three-day conference held in Chiang Rai was organized by the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network to facilitate discussion and share lessons about climate change adaptation, resilience and urban biodiversity in Southeast Asia.

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Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Measurement of Inland Transport CO2 Emissions and Mitigation Policies

26 to 27 September 2013

This workshop brought together government representatives and development partners to share experiences on measuring greenhouse gases from the transport sector. Naeeda Crishna Morgado, Climate Change Mitigation Specialist at EOC, presented the results of the ‘Carbon Neutral Transport Corridor’ feasibility study with a focus on measuring emissions and identifying mitigation actions for the GMS East West Economic Corridor. The workshop was hosted by UNESCAP.

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