Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Can Asia Lead the Way to Zero-emission Freight? Race to Zero Transport Day

The session will showcase regional best practices for optimising supply chains, increasing the systemic efficiency and moving towards more carbon-friendly modes of freight transport, through the innovative application of technology and operational optimisation. Freight transport grown exponentially since the 1950s. With international trade expected to increase over the next few decades, carbon dioxide emissions from global freight transport, especially road freight, will become progressively high. Strongest emissions increases are expected in Asian and Latin American countries to 2050 due in particular to the high growth in road tonne-kilometre (tkm) in non-OECD regions. Road freight increased by over 9% in both China and India between 2016 and 2017. Transport of good by road is currently the second largest contributor of global transport CO2 emissions after passenger road transport and has higher emission levels than aviation, rail and marine bunkers combined. 


  • Ricky Jin: Category Land Deputy Manager, IKEA China - Sustainable logistics solutions
  • Rajeev Ysr: Chief Operating Officer, Avaan India - Electric freight vehicles
  • Glynda Bathan: Deputy Executive Director, Clean Air Asia - Eco-driving and fleet manager training
  • Zhai Xuehun: Founder and CEO, G7, China - Freight exchange platforms and decarbonisation
  • Rajan Chedembath: Head of International Projects, Kochi Municipal Corporation 


  • Sophie Punte: Executive Director, Smart Freight Centre

This event is part of the Race to Zero Dialogues Transport Day

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