Global Green Freight Action Plan

Reducing the climate and health impacts of goods transport

GGFAP

The Action Plan calls on governments, private sector, civil society, and other actors to work in concert to align and enhance existing green freight programs, develop and support new green freight programs, and to incorporate black carbon reductions into green freight programs.

  • To align and enhance existing green freight programs;
  • To develop and support new green freight programs globally; and
  • To incorporate black carbon reductions into green freight programs.
Commitment

GGFAP calls on governments, private sector, civil society, and other actors to work in concert to align and enhance existing green freight programs, develop and support new green freight programs, and to incorporate black carbon reductions into green freight programs.

Partners and Signatories

The initiative is supported by 24 countries and 33 non-state actors including NGOs, UN organizations, freight associations, institutes, and private companies.

Relevance to advance the Paris Agreement goals

Green freight programs can help the freight sector reduce its contribution to climate change and air pollution by encouraging the adoption of more efficient and cleaner technologies and practices. They can help companies retrofit existing vehicles with technologies and measures to reduce fuel consumption (such as idle reduction technologies, aerodynamic retrofits, and rolling resistance improvements) as well as exhaust emission retrofits such as diesel particulate filters to reduce black carbon. These programs also help expedite the acquisition of new, more fuel efficient vehicles, all of which reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing vehicles.

Activities of the Initiative

Outreach and Coalition Building:

  • The initiative continuously updates its official website globalgreenfreight.org and has circulated regular newsletters containing news and updates on green freight.

Capacity building:

  • The initiative has conducted four regional workshops (Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America) and one international workshop on green freight programs that aimed to capacitate stakeholders, determine areas of collaboration, and support commitments under the GGFAP.
  • Customization of Canadian eco-driving training materials to Brazil.

Knowledge development:

The following resources have been completed by the initiative:

  • Freight assessment blueprint: practical guide for evaluating freight transportation in support of national green freight programs
  • Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies: one universal and transparent way of calculating logistics emissions across the global multi-modal supply chain.
  • Freight assessments for Brazil, Mexico, China, Vietnam, and Phillippines
  • Black Carbon Methodology for the Logistics Sector as supplement to the GLEC Framework
  • Smart Truck Fleet Management tools to train fleet managers on best practices of fuel management

Other relevant resources disseminated by the Initiative includes:

  • EPA SmartWay Training: capacity-building training to design, build and implement a Green Freight Program
  • EPA Technology Verification Training: capacity-building training to design, build and implement a Tech Verification Program

Policy-making and implementation:

  • The first Green Freight Strategy in Africa has been launched under the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority at the 42nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Northern Corridor on 16 January 2017.
  • Support to the harmonization of the SmartWay green freight programs in North America.
  • Support to the official launch of green freight programs in Chile (Giro Limpio) and Argentina (Transporte Inteligente).

Monitoring and reporting

  • A steering group made up of volunteer partners of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (Canada, United States, Clean Air Asia, International Council on Clean Transportation, Smart Freight Centre) tracks actions and reports progress annually.

Indicators include: number of countries committing to set up green freight programs, and with official green freight programs.

Resources

Global Green Freight website: http://www.globalgreenfreight.org/

Global Green Freight Action Plan- Action Plan: http://www.globalgreenfreight.org/GreenFreightActionPlan_May2015.pdf

Focal Points

Denise Sioson, denise.sioson@un.org

Cristiano Facanha, cristiano@theicct.org

Sophie Punte, sophie.punte@smartfreightcentre.org