Green Freight and Logistics Development in Mekong Countries

Promoting Efficient and Environment-friendly Freight and Logistics Practices

The freight sector is critical to businesses, consumers and the world economy, yet at the same time, it poses immense environment impacts. The sector has been known to contribute a significant portion to air pollution and this contribution is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Reports show that by year 2050, medium and heavy freight trucks will consume more fuel. In Asia, this also means an increase in the global share of trucks operating as the economy continues to grow rapidly. 

Against this backdrop, Mekong Institute is implementing the three-year project on Green Freight and Logistics Development in Mekong Countries with the support of the Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund (MKCF). Anchored on the broad vision of promoting an efficient and environmentally sustainable and safe freight transport sector, the project aims to reduce the costs of logistics and transport in order to improve the economic performance of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. 

The Project's short-term objectives include: 

  1. Introduce 'green mark' standards in logistics service operations by building the capacities of national agencies in the government and private sectors; 
  2. Design, develop and field test curriculum on green freight and logistics development; 
  3. Build capacities of logistics service providers (LSPs) on green freight and logistics to comply with the 'green mark' certification;
  4. Create a database on green technologies in logistics to access information by LSPs for a networking platform; and 
  5. Provide a regional platform for government agencies and the private sector involved in logistics development for collective action to promote green logistics in the Mekong countries. 

The project supports the MKCF Action Plan (2014-2017) on promoting development cooperation between Mekong and ROK in the preservation of the ecosystem, promotion of green growth and the further strengthening of the capacities of the Mekong countries. 

The Project builds on four key components to deliver on its objectives: 

  • Baseline, Curriculum Development and Setting of Green  Services Quality Standards 
  • Trainings 
  • Policy Consultations 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation 

 


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