http://emeraldtechnologypartners.com/ MANILA, Philippines — A toolkit has been developed with a support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to promote the "greening of trucks" plying the Asian region.
An advocacy undertaking of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia), the "green trucks toolkit" will assist companies in reducing their fuel use and emissions.
According to CAI-Asia executive director Sophie Punte, "the potential to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions is enormous, yet truck companies often lack information on technologies and strategies to make their operations greener and more efficient."
The targeted "greening" of road freights will not only set its focus in the Philippines, but across the Asian region.
Since freight is considered an economic trade backbone of Asia, advocates in greening road transport noted that this serves as a significant area wherein reduction in carbon emissions must be given prime focus.
"By 2050, medium and heavy freight trucks worldwide will consume 1,240 billion liters of fuel and Asia's share will be 34-percent. Higher fuel use translates to higher levels of particulate matter and carbon dioxide emissions which impacts human health and contributes to global warming," CAI-Asia stressed.
It has been explained that the green trucks toolkit "can be used to estimate carbon dioxide and air pollutant emissions from fleets, and determine fleet efficiency indicators, such as per tonne-kilometer as well as the fuel consumed per ton-km."
The toolkit will also aid truck firms into evaluation of various improvement strategies and technologies; that shall range from eco-driving, idling reduction, low-rolling resistance tires and emission control devices.
It has already been tested by 30 freight companies in other countries in Southeast Asia, including those in Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam during a workshop organized by the ADB.
For the truck fleets greening drive, CAI-Asia has been calling on the subcontractors of global manufacturers and logistics providers to furnish data on their respective fuel use and emissions.
"Trucking companies can use this tool to win contracts with these large corporations," the group has noted, hence, it is necessary that collaboration among private companies be stepped up toward greening the transport sector. (MMV)