Press Release: Working Group Formed To Make Trucks Cleaner And Efficient, 15th October 2014



In India, 60% of the freight is carried by road and the other modes such as rail, air and waterways make up the rest.

GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, European Business and Technology Council (EBTC) and Clean Air Asia today launched the first methodology in India to make truck fleets more fuel-efficient and less polluting. A stakeholder consultation was organised at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, where participants from various walks of life including the private sector, logistic organization, associations, and development sectors bank were present to witness and understand how they can use this remarkable tool in their own use.

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It was unanimously concluded that a working group should be created which looks at various solutions and attention to make the freight system more efficient. The Green Freight Working Group (GFWG) will have participation from the corporates, associations, academic institutes, financial institutions, technology providers, think tanks and government agencies.

Speaking at the inaugural session, former Director of UTTIPEC, Mr Ashok Bhattacharjee said that it is time to focus on freight movement, especially in the cities. Development plans have only kept them at the city periphery or tried to ban them, but there has to be a multi stakeholder approach to solve its problems. 

At the sidelines of the event Mr Manjeet Singh Saluja, Technical Advisor, GIZ, said- “We aim to improve efficiency and reduce emissions from freight movement. We invite partnerships from the forward looking corporate organizations to be a part of this pioneering effort to reduce carbon footprint in the road freight sector in India”.

Mr Dibyendu Sengupta, Transport Sector Specialist, EBTC, feels that there is immense potential for this technical collaboration, “Efficiency is the key word, and there is a lot of wastage in the current system of operations, this tool can make save that wastage”.

Parthaa Bosu, India Director and South Asia Liaison of Clean Air Asia said – “Freight is the largest contributor in transport emissions, and trucks consume very high amount of diesel. The GFWG will create recommendations for the government to make the sector gain importance and better attention”

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%)[1].

It is analyzed from the newly developed tool, that by introducing simple interventions such as better inspection and maintenance practices, a saving of at least INR 100,000 per truck per annum can be achieved.

For more information please contact:

  1. Sameera Kumar Anthapur +91-9971143976 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Manjeet Singh Saluja +919560831974 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Dibyendu Sengupta +91-8130719530 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Direct EBTC media enquiries to Ananya Roy – Communications Executive | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About GIZ India
GIZ has been operating in India for 60 years. As a federal enterprise, they support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ is working in areas in which demand in India’s emerging economy is high and in which Germany is particularly strong viz. Environment, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. To address India’s priority of sustainable and inclusive growth, GIZ works jointly with many Indian partners in many
states in the country

About EBTC
The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) is an initiative co-funded by the European Union (EU), and coordinated by EUROCHAMBRES. Focusing on the 4 key sectors of Biotech, Energy, Environment and Transport, EBTC assists the business, science and research community – in Europe and India – to work together towards generating new business opportunities in clean technology transfer. As a first entry point to India, EBTC supports EU cleantech companies and researchers on their market entry to India and offers hands-on support in the early stages of expansion. The centre aims to further stimulate the ‘brain circulation’ between the EU and India through promoting joint industry-oriented research and enhancing outward mobility of researchers from the EU Member States towards India.

About Clean Air Asia
Clean Air Asia was established as the leading air quality management network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and USAID in 2001. Clean Air Asia has offices in Manila, Beijing and Delhi, networks in eight Asian countries & is an UN recognized partnership of almost 250 organizations in Asia and worldwide. Clean Air Asia uses knowledge and partnerships to enable Asia’s 1,000+ cities and national governments understand the problems and identify effective policies and measures. Our four programs are: Air Quality and Climate Change, Low Emissions Urban Development, Clean Fuels and Vehicles, and Green Freight and Logistics.

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