The demand for freight and logistics in Asia and the Pacific is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Freight and logistics play a large role in delivering economic growth and alleviating poverty in the region. Within the transport sector, freight and logistics consume a substantial amount of energy; in many countries more than 40%, with an equal share in CO2 emissions. Attention is picking up to promote efficient, environmentally sustainable and safe freight transport.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ) are taking the initiative to organize this regional training workshop to take stock of best practices and systematic approaches toward efficient logistics and green freight recognizing that several initiatives are currently being developed in parallel, at different levels of governance (local, national, sub regional and regional), and involving either or both the public and private sectors in the region. The training workshop will also provide inputs to the ASEAN Working Groups on Land Transport and Transport Facilitation, and the UNCRD-led initiative to develop a Regional Framework on Green Freight and Logistics.
This training workshop aims to foster peer learning and exchange among various stakeholders in freight and logistics. More specifically, it aims to:
- discuss the potential and benefits of green freight policies in the region,
- identify opportunities that can be developed into actions and projects,
- agree on a broad work plan for national activities, and
- identify training needs by target groups, to form a knowledge base to complement efficient logistics and green freight programs in the region.
- Government representatives (including Ministries of Transport, Energy and Environment) of countries in Asia and the Pacific, particularly ASEAN Member States
- International organizations and financiers
- Private sector (logistics companies, port operators, major customers)
Vice-Minister Bambang Susantono of Ministry of Transport, Indonesia, Prof. Werner Rothengatter of University of Karlsruhe, Martin Schmied of INFRAS, Sophie Punte of the Smart Freight Centre and Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty of the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) are among the speakers during this training workshop.