Although trucks make up a small percentage of the vehicle fleet in India (5%) they contribute disproportionately to fuel use (74%), CO2 emissions (63%), PM emissions (59%), and road accidents (26%).
In India, 60% of freight is carried by road and the other modes such as rail, air and waterways make the rest.
Yet the logistics industry is one of the least regulated and covers a very large number of diverse stakeholders, from manufacturers, merchants, carriers, logistics providers, local communities and governments, resulting in a poorly coordinated response to these challenges. Some of these key challenges are:
• Sector fragmentation
• Need for greater information exchange with respect to loads
• Training on eco driving
• Better interaction between experts and professionals in the field.
• Missing government policies
In order to bring attention to this sector and to improve the efficiency of the freight system, GIZ, the lead partner, along with Clean Air Asia and the European Business and Technology Center (EBTC) propose to do a pilot with two leading corporates in the country. The end objective of the pilot is to understand the inefficiencies in the logistic & supply chain side and device methods of improving them. The organizations will invest close to nine million rupees in this project. Presently, the project partners are in discussion with various corporates to choose the right partner for the project.
GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, an international development co-operation, has been working on sustainable development solutions and raising awareness within the industry since 2009. Mr Manjeet Singh Saluja, Technical Advisor, says “We are looking for corporate partners with huge logistic requirements, who understand the essence of green logistics and are willing, to provide top management ownership and monitoring in the issue to join the initiative”.
Dibyendu Sengupta (Transport Sector Specialist, EBTC) feels that the potential from this technical collaboration is huge, “I am sure we will be able to demonstrate great gains from this pilot”.
Parthaa Bosu, India Director and South Asia Liaison of Clean Air Asia said – “We are leading green freight in Asia and strongly feel that reducing emissions from trucks can help improve air quality and save lives. Moreover, trucks alone consume almost 30% of the country’s total diesel and even if each truck is able to show just 4-5% fuel savings, imagine the amount of fuel and CO2 saved!”