Smart Freight Centre China is gaining momentum and hosted the first session of the Forum Series on carbon policies

Beijing, 3 May 2022 - Smart Freight Centre China and Scania China are organizing a series of Smart Freight Forums to drive Carbon Peaking Policy and Zero Emission Road Freight Development.

Since 22 September 2020, China's economic development has entered a 'Dual Carbon Goal Era'. President Xi Jinping's message at the UN General Assembly's 76th session in 2020 showed China's commitment to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. These two goals are often referred to as the 'Dual Carbon goal'. The 'Dual Carbon goal' is not only a green and low-carbon social responsibility in the traditional sense but also a major strategic decision made by the Chinese government after taking into account both the international and domestic situations.

Within a year of announcing the dual carbon target, the Chinese government has proposed actions in ten key areas, including transport decarbonization. The recent Central Low Carbon Group meeting made it clear that the priority of low carbon work in 2022 is to identify the root causes that jeopardize the low carbon path. This demands deepening research on major issues to guide feasible policy measures. The top-level design of the dual carbon roadmap is therefore gradually clear as it is formulated in policy guidance and action plans. However, for the upstream and downstream enterprises of the supply chain in the logistics and transportation industry, what do these policy layouts and deepening policy trends mean? How should enterprises respond? In particular, what opportunities and ways can companies actively participate?

Smart Freight Forum

The government has adopted five overarching principles to guide the design of the dual carbon roadmap. One of these principles focuses on how to activate the market power in addition to the government-led initiatives and actions. Smart Freight Center China plays a crucial role in enabling dialogue with government-led think tanks, taking into account market dynamics.

Smart Freight Centre China and Scania China, jointly organize a series of Smart Freight Forums, which aim to drive communication and dialogue among the core stakeholders of the road freight transport industry. These sessions will enable participants to brainstorm and jointly identify major issues of "dual carbon" in the logistics, transportation and freight industry aimed at implementation. Whilst motivating discussion of the design of government-enterprise cooperation projects, forming follow-up pilots demonstrating cooperation as well as accumulating operational policies and practical measures.

The first session of the 2022 Smart Freight Forum focused on the topic of "Promoting energy-saving and low-carbon vehicles and accelerating the development of renewable and clean energy vehicles and vessels" in the top design of the transportation industry in the ten actions of Carbon Peaking policy. The session invited policymakers and policy think-tanks, industry associations, as well as shippers and transport enterprises that play a leading role in low-carbon development, at the ministerial and local levels.

”Promoting zero emission freight vehicles has great significance in light of China’s 'Duel Carbon' objectives. Transforming Zero Emission road freight with a focus on scaling up zero emission fuel and freight vehicles will provide us a key springboard on sustainable logistics. We look forward to have Smart Freight Centre align key logistics stakeholders efforts in identifying and addressing technology and marketing challenges through pilot projects and informative policy.”

Mr. Chen Jianhua
Energy Foundation China Transport Officer, on moving towards zero emissions road freight
China Expert Council

About Smart Freight Centre China

SFC China (a subsidiary of Smart Freight Centre, a global non-profit organization) established the Smart Freight Shippers Alliance (SFSA) China: a group of shippers (or buyers of freight) who work together towards a compliant, efficient, and sustainable China freight sector. We (work on workstreams to) support concrete actions between shippers and their suppliers, and give input to supportive policies and programs of government, associations and other organizations in China. The main focus is our Zero Emission Freight Initiative (ZEFI) in China to accelerate the adoption of zero emission trucks and related freight efficiency solutions. As secretariat of ZEFI, funded by Energy Foundation China, we bring together freight industry stakeholders including shippers, carriers, technology providers, industry associations, research institutions, development agencies and government agencies to:

  • Collaborate on the adoption of Zero Emission trucks and related freight efficiency solutions

  • Provide recommendations for supportive government policies, programs and strategies

  • Build consensus and leadership on Zero Emission freight pathways for China supported by action plans