Aiming for a global standard in road transport
In the road freight segment, we are on track with several different initiatives, which include Green Freight Europe and Green Freight Asia.
Successful expansion of Green Freight Europe
Founded in 2012, the Green Freight Europe (GFE) initiative aims to generate market incentives for companies to procure “green” transport services as a way to reduce fuel consumption in road freight transport and achieve long-term reductions in both greenhouse gas emissions and transport costs along the entire supply chain.
During the reporting year, GFE created a best-practice exchange platform, which serves as an interactive knowledge database for us and our subcontractors. Enhancements were made in 2013 to the initiative’s Data Collection Platform, which was developed in 2012. As a next step, GFE plans to add new components to its program to support its members in reducing fuel consumption, costs and emissions. One of the new elements is the so-called “Carrier Shop”, which offers fuel-efficient technologies for GFE member organizations interested in upgrading their vehicles. The shop also provides attractive financing options for members looking to invest in ways to improve their carbon efficiency.
Green Freight Asia launched
Modeled after US EPA SmartWay and Green Freight Europe, Green Freight Asia (GFA) was successfully launched as a non-profit organization in Singapore. Following a successful start-up phase, the initiative has now been officially launched. The GFA board consists of executives from each of the founding companies.
Further initiatives planned
We are currently participating in several similar initiatives around the world – in India and Brazil, for example – and are contributing the knowledge and experience gained through established initiatives.
The long-term goal of these initiatives is to establish global collaboration along the supply chain to enable uniform subcontractor management, increased transparency and efficiency, and a reduction in environmental impacts.
In addition, we work together with our suppliers and subcontractors in trade associations and industry initiatives on developing industry-wide standards for emissions data collection.