Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Green freight programs will be fully operational in Europe and Asia that help countries reduce fossil fuel dependency, improve air quality and minimize CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change, without hindering economic development. These programs promote reporting and reduction of fuel use and carbon emissions from freight movement and the standardization and harmonization of those reporting methods. This helps the freight sector to become more competitive through reduced fuel costs; improve carbon accounting and reporting to clients; ensure recognition of green efforts, thus enhance its reputation; and provide input into government freight policies and programs.

Implementation methodologies

The US SmartWay Transport Partnership has been in place since 2004 and is used as an example for green freight programs elsewhere. We will work together with government agencies, the private sector, research institutes and civil society to develop national and regional green freight programs by1. Defining clear objectives, scope, plan of action and timelines to introduce green freight programs2. Obtaining government endorsement and aligning programs with governmental policies3. Developing a consensus based, multi‐stakeholder approach with defined roles and benefits for relevant stakeholders4. Establishing/ maintaining a clear governance structure and working mechanism, convened by a neutral body5. Creating and sharing success stories, best practices and knowledge6. Developing/adopting consistent tools and methodologies for carbon measurement and reporting while ensuring data confidentiality7. Developing financial mechanisms and resources which support carriers to invest in cleaner technologies and strategies8. Developing schemes that reward sustainable transportation and the adoption of Green technologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Secretariat for Green Freight Europe: European Shippers Council (ESC) and EVO Dutch Shippers Council Clean Air Asia (Previously Clean Air initiative for Asian Cities) Sustainable Supply Chain Centre Asia Pacific (SSCCAP)
Consistent tools and methodologies for carbon measurement and reporting
National Green Freight Programs and urban and transport policies in Europe and Asia that integrate green freight
Established networks of private sector companies and associations as a platform to collaborate with stakeholders on green freight initiatives
Publications, websites and events on green freight to raise awareness, share experiences and technical knowledge and engage stakeholders
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 13
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
ESC, EVO, Clean Air Asia, SSCCAP
In-kind contribution
ESC, EVO, Clean Air Asia, SSCCAP
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Europe and Asia
Date of completion: 2016
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Bjorn Hannappel,

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