CCAC: Global Green Freight Action Plan


Name of initiative CCAC: Global Green Freight Action Plan
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
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Starting year 2014
End year
Secretariat Denise Sioson, CCAC Secretariat,
Organisational structure The Steering Group consists of representatives from: Canada, USA, The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Smart Freight Centre and Clean Air Asia
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Type of lead organisation Other intergovernmental organization
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description 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.
Objectives The goal of the Global Green Freight Action Plan is to enhance the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement in ways that significantly reduce the climate, health, energy, and cost impacts of freight transport around the world.

Reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, black carbon and other pollutants in the freight sector by 2025. Our estimates are that green freight programs can result in almost 100 MMT annually if implemented by G20 nations.

Targeting fuel savings and cost reduction for business. Green freight programs can result in 5-10% efficiency gains in targeted fleets.

Activities Capacity building:
  • The initiative has conducted four regional workshops for Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and one global workshop on green freight programs that aimed to capacitate stakeholders, determine areas of regional collaboration, and support commitments under the GGFAP.

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 programs20.
  • 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 Assessment for Brazil and Mexico
  • Vietnam Green Freight Paper
  • Black Carbon Methodology for the Logistics Sector as supplement to the GLEC Framework.

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.

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 additional actions, number of additional stakeholders engaged and countries committing to set up green freight programs, total amount of additional funding mobilized.
One or two success stories achieved Canada and the United States are two countries that are part of the GGFAP Steering Group and have had good progress in the implementation of their national and regional programs on green freight. Achievements of the US Smartway program can be found in this link while the info on the newly launched Green Freight Assessment Program of Canada can be found here. In addition, Mexico, Canada and the US are working to develop a harmonized and unified green freight program for North America.

Vietnam is establishing a green freight program starting with an online freight exchange platform connecting carriers with customers. The Netherlands is supporting the establishment of a European platform for green freight programs that builds on the Lean and Green and other European green freight programs. Finally, the first Green Freight Strategy in Africa has been launched under the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Agreement (NCTTCA), a regional cooperation among the Member States of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. South Sudan acceded to the Agreement in 2012. The Strategy was prepared by the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority and launched at the 42nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Northern Corridor in 16 January 2017.

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Capacity building, Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Training and education, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
Goals The Global Green Freight Action Plan (GGFAP) aims to enhance the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement in ways that significantly reduce the climate, health, energy, and cost impacts of freight transport around the world. The three main objectives are:

1) To align and enhance existing green freight efforts, 2) To develop and support new green freight programs globally, and 3) To incorporate black carbon reductions into green freight programs.

Target milestones beyond 2020: -By 2022: green freight financing programs established to accelerate fleet turnover and retrofits in all regions. -By 2025: GF programs follow best practices in all major markets. Top 100 global shippers and carriers are members of GF programs. -By 2030: All countries are members of regional programs. GF programs demonstrate significant emission reductions from freight transport.

GGFAP commits to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, black carbon and air pollutants in the freight sector by 2025 through a greener and more energy efficient multimodal global supply chain.

Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals The initiative has launched the online platform which aims to cultivate an active online community and resource that will be a primary resource in the freight sector. This online platform includes essential information to assist countries in designing and improving green freight programs (e.g., guidance documents, technical documentation on multiple technologies and operational strategies to reduce freight emissions, relevant events).

The initiative also participated and presented the Action Plan at a regional Workshop on Sustainable Freight Transport and Finance organized United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2016, with the objective of assisting the Northern Corridor of Africa in developing a green freight program. The initiative also presented and participated at the Green Freight Day at the Better Air Quality Conference organized by Clean Air Asia in Busan, South Korea in August 2016, and at the ADB Transport Forum in Manila, Philippines in September 2016. The initiative will continue to organize two more regional workshops in, Europe and Latin America in 2016 and 2017 to explore the status and opportunities for development and harmonization of regional green freight programs. New capacity building training materials were created by US EPA SmartWay to train countries to develop Technology Verification programs. This new content supplements EPA’s Green Freight program development training and will be used in more workshops in 2017.

How are you tracking progress of your initiative
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Participants Number Names
Members 57  
Companies 4 Deutsche Post DHL (Germany),Hewlett Packard (USA),IKEA (Denmark),Volvo (Sweden).
Business organisations 3 BSR (Denmark),  French Shippers Council (France),  Global Food Cold Chain Council (USA).
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 23 California Air Resources Board (USA),  Centre for Clean Air Policy (USA),  CEID Colombia (Colombia),  Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente (USA),  Centro Mario Molina Chile (Chile),  Centro de Investigación en Mecatrónica Automotriz of Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico),  Clean Air Asia (Thailand),  Clean Cargo Working Group (France),  CNT Brasil (Brazil),  ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme (United Kingdom),  FIA Foundation (United Kingdom),  Green Freight Europe (Belgium),  Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (USA),  International Council on Clean Transportation (USA),  Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES (Japan),  International Solid Waste Association (Austria),  Lean and Green (Netherlands),  Molina Center for Strategic Studies in Energy and the Environment (Chile),  Natural Resources Defense Council (USA),  Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority - NCTTCA (Kenya),  Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (Austria),  Smart Freight Centre (Netherlands),  Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation (Switzerland).
National states 24 1. Bangladesh

2. Benin 3. Canada 4. Central African Republic 5. Chile 6. Cote d’Ivoire 7. France 8. Ireland 9. Japan 10. Liberia 11. Mexico 12. Morocco 13. Netherlands 14. Nigeria 15. Norway 16. Peru 17. Philippines 18. Poland 19. Russian Federation 20. Sweden 21. Switzerland 22. Togo 23. United States of America 24. Vietnam

Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 2 United Nations Environment Programme (Kenya),  World Meteorological Organization (Switzerland).
Financial Institutions 1 Worldbank (USA).
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 2 October 2019 10:50:25

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