How Can We Make The Freight Sector More Climate-Resilient and Competitive?
Smart Freight Centre (SFC) and BSR organized a one-day round table, Smart Freight Leadership, on Tuesday 26 May 2015 in Leipzig, Germany. The event aimed to mobilize smart climate resilience in the freight transport sector.
Business Leadership on Smart Freight
Multinational companies transport US$18 trillion worth of merchandise to consumers around the globe every year— contributing to the significant environmental footprint of the transport and logistics sector, which is responsible for 6 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions annually. More business leaders today recognize that improving freight efficiency leads to reduced emissions, demonstrates climate leadership, and delivers business value.
A Global Forum for Smart Freight Leaders
Smart Freight Leadership 2015 brought together senior level representatives from business, government, international organizations, and civil society. The one-day event included keynote addresses, panel discussions, and interactive plenary sessions featuring leading companies, policymakers, and experts, who addressed what it means to be a smart freight leader, including how to:
• Translate climate risk, build the business case, and set ambitious emission-reduction targets for a company’s global logistics supply chain.
• Collaborate with other leaders to mobilize industry-wide action for measurement, reporting, and emissions reductions, including through green freight programs.
• Develop strategies to overcome market and policy barriers and accelerate the uptake of solutions covering fuel, vehicles, freight movement, and modal shift.
Smart Freight Leadership 2015 is part of the BSR Spring Forum, a series of events on climate, and builds on BSR’s climate strategy Business in a Climate-Constrained World as well as SFC’s Smart Freight Global Framework for Action. The event preceded the International Transport Forum Annual Summit 2015, “Transport, Trade, and Tourism.”
Speakers and Forum Members
• Peter Harris, Director of Sustainability Europe, Middle East and Africa, UPS
• Jari Kauppila, Senior Economist, Head of Outlook and Statistics Unit, International Transport Forum
• Gretta Schoonderbeek, Manager Customer Logistics & Distribution Benelux, SCA Hygiene Products
• Juup Willemse, Value Chain Manager, Dow Chemicals
• Andreas Kopp, Vice President and Head of Network, World Bank
• Eric Olson, Senior Vice President, Advisory Services, BSR
• Sophie Punte, Executive Director, Smart Freight Centre
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