Greening the Logistics Industry in Zhejiang Province

Mar 30, 2017

Mr. Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director of UNDP China speaks at the GLIZP project inception Event (Photo by Ryan Song)

March 24th, Beijing---Aiming to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Chinese logistics industry and freight transport sector, a new project focusing on promoting energy efficient and environmental friendly operation practices in Zhejiang province was launched on March 24th.

Accounting for over 17% national GDP annually from 2003 to 2016, the logistic industry plays an increasingly important role in both China’s national economy and citizen’s daily life. However, three fourths of the industries transportation uses trucks, with low energy efficiency and have commonly utilized low quality diesel, resulting in pollution that is a great threat the environment. At the same time, problems like non-standard supply chain equipment, low vehicle availability, and long loading time have also hindered the sound and green development of this industry.

Among all the provinces that face the above mentioned issues, Zhejiang province, seen the promotion of green development in this sector, has been working on addressing the existing issues. Nevertheless, Zhejiang still needs to identify solutions to address challenges including the lack of comprehensive, consistent and enforced policies supporting the application of green logistics; low level of confidence of the logistics industry on the viability of green logistics applications and infrastructures; low level of capacity, knowledge and skills of and cooperation, and lack of an effective information platform to share the successful experiences in the design, development and operation of green logistics system.

To tackle such issues, together with the National development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Zhejiang Province Development and Reform Commission and the Fuyang municipal government, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China launched the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded “Greening the Logistics Industry in Zhejiang Province” project.

“The project will work in the areas including improving the energy efficiency in the material management and physical distribution activities in the logistics industry, and enhancing the level of confidence of the logistics industry on the viability of green logistics applications and infrastructures” said Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director of UNDP China, during the launch.

The implementation of the above mentioned measures through the project aims to provide a sustainable solution in Zhejiang. In addition, the project will help establish and enforce policies and regulations that provide incentives to further efforts on the application and operation of green logistics systems in the logistics industry in Zhejiang.

Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal 13 “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”, this project, as pointed out by Mr. Haverman, “can really contribute to making the future brighter for the next generation.”

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