Green Technology & Sustainability Bulletin 2021

Welcome to CILT’s first Green Technology and Sustainability Bulletin. Focusing on the green agenda and considering the role we can play as an Institute has been a focal point of my Presidency. Climate change is a clear and present danger to our planet, and in response we as professionals must change the way we operate. Sustainability and decarbonisation come with many challenges, but also many opportunities. We must work hard to keep our members informed, and make sure we are best placed to meet those challenges and ensure a sustainable future for all.

I am delighted at the response we have received, not only to our Green Series webinar programme, but also to our Call for Research and the request for members in all regions to send their statements in support of the Green campaign. Through our social media channels, we have raised awareness of the green agenda by posting statements from members around world describing why green technology and sustainability issues are important to them and the action they are taking in their countries. 

In this bulletin we share more than 40 articles, papers and recordings, with contributions from members in 20 different CILT countries examining green technology and sustainability issues in relation to the transport and logistics sector. The Bulletin covers a diverse range of industry topics from the greening of bus fleets in Australia to green supply chain management of the sugar industries in Sri Lanka; from empowering green healthcare supply chain practices in Malaysia to nurturing sustainable practices in logistics and transport organisations in Zimbabwe. I urge you to read some of the pieces, and then follow the advice in the article on Sustainability: A Global Challenge for Us All, to ‘stop, pause, and reflect on your environmental impact’.

I am proud of the way members from all parts of our global family have joined together in support of this vital campaign. Together we really can make a difference.

Dato’ Ts Abd Radzak Abd Malek
International President, CILT

Catch Up On The Discussions

Smart and Sustainable Mobility: Delivering Low Carbon Places

In our first Green Series webinar we considered technological and behavioural aspects of sustainable mobility and its global application.

  • Guest speaker Giles Perkins, Head of Future Mobility, WSP discussed “Taking a Human Centric Approach to the Future (of mobility)” and you can read Giles’ presentation here.
  • Deborah Fox, Head of Demand Management, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) considered “Laying the Foundations for a Smarter Transport System”. Read Deborah’s presentation here.
  • Prof. Becky Loo, Director of the Institute of Transport Studies, and Founding Co-Director of the Joint Laboratory on Future Cities at the University of Hong Kong examined “Effective Policy Framework to Deliver Transport Decarbonisation”. Read Becky’s presentation here.
  • Lucie Anderton, Head of Sustainability Unit, International Union of Railways (UIC) spoke on “Rail: The Backbone of a Sustainable Mobility System”. Read Lucie’s presentation here.

Watch the recording of the webinar.

Green Series In Conversation with: Paul Le Blond

As part of our Green Series of webinars, articles and conversations on sustainability we were pleased to talk with Paul Le Blond, Key Author of the CILT UK Net Zero report. Paul discussed the Net Zero report, how CILT UK have responded to the carbon zero agenda, and the next steps for shaping and influencing the net zero agenda.

Paul is a CILT UK member, Chair of the CILT UK Aviation Policy group and a member of the UK Public Policy Committee. He is a Former President of the International Air Rail Organisation, and author of Inside London’s Airports Policy: Indecision, decision and counter-decision.

Watch the recording of the conversation.

Global Environmental Crisis: Future Challenges for the Transport and Logistics Profession

On 26 May we were delighted to welcome Professor Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University as Guest Speaker for our second Green Series webinar.

The Global Environmental Crisis is caused primarily by fossil-fuel emissions which pollute the air and heat the planet. As transport operations are almost entirely powered by fossil fuel they are a major source of both pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs). Professor McKinnon’s presentation began by reviewing the extent of transport’s contribution to the air pollution and global warming problems. It then focused on GHG emissions from the movement of freight, examining future trends and targets and exploring what can be done to decarbonise freight transport operations. The talk concluded with a discussion of the skills that transport and logistics professionals will need to acquire to be able to manage this decarbonisation process. Read Professor McKinnon’s presentation here.

Watch the recording of the webinar.

Join the Next Discussions

Supply Chain Sustainability in the Maritime Sector

In our third Green Series webinar we focus on oceans and the maritime logistics and transport industry. The sea covers 71% of the earths’ surface and travel across and trade in goods between nations is a critical part of our supply chains. In pollution terms, 8 million pieces of plastic enter our oceans every day. We will take an international perspective on the maritime sector with views from Asia, Africa and the Americas. We will also seek to understand what we can do as individuals, and professionals, as we look at the impacts on our industry and explore some innovative solutions.

Margaret A. Kidd, Program Director, Supply Chain and Logistics Technology, College of Technology, University of Houston will discuss Sustainability, Skills and Social Development – Vital for the Port Community. 

Sarinda Unamboowe, Chief Executive Officer, MAS Kreeda will share his presentation on Use Less Plastic – Small Wins in a Big Battle.

Naa Densua Aryeetey, Senior Manager of the Ghana Shippers Authority and Head of Shipper Services and Trade Facilitation will Focus on Maritime. 

Delegates can register for the webinar directly or watch the live stream on our international Facebook page.

Green Series in Conversation with: Mieszko Iwaskow

Our next Green Series in Conversation piece will focus on Insights into Sustainable City Planning with a case study on Auckland, New Zealand. 

Mieszko Iwaskow, Portfolio Delivery Director (Strategic Programmes), Integrated Networks, Auckland Transport will look at the way that Auckland has responded to the sustainability challenge through its approach to transport. The conversation will focus on key projects including the Downtown Regeneration Scheme, mode shift, urban space, sea defences and unique approaches to sustainable construction. Mieszko will explain the vision for sustainability in Auckland and its wider applicability to encourage other countries in the CILT family to think about how they influence and help shape cities.

Look out for the conversation with Mieszko which will be shared on our YouTube channel, and via international social media platforms at the end of June.

Recycling, Upcycling and Sustainable Supply Chains

Our final international Green Series webinar on Wednesday 21st July will focus on the circular economy, last mile logistics, and recycling transport vehicles.

Guest Speakers will include

  • Catherine Weetman, Author, Consultant, Founder and Director of Rethink Global 
  • Diniece Mendes, Director, Freight Mobility, New York City Department of Transportation.

Delegates can register for the webinar directly or watch the live stream on our international Facebook page. Registration details will be shared on the international website and via international social media links later this month.

International News
Sustainability: A Global Challenge For Us All : International

International Education Strategy and Business Development Lead, Jon Harris, and Molly Gregory, Human Geography Student, University of Gloucestershire ask you to Stop, Pause, and Reflect on your environmental impact as they present some hard-hitting facts, and some suggestions for future action. Read more.
An Interview with Professor Alan McKinnon : International

Ahead of our Green Series webinar on the Global Environmental Crisis: Future Challenges for the Transport and Logistics Profession we were lucky enough to spend some time talking to Professor McKinnon, and listening to his thoughts on sustainability, decarbonisation, and the future of logistics. Read the full interview here.
WiLAT Launch Sustainability Leadership Programme: International
The Sustainability Leadership Programme developed by the WiLAT Capacity Building Centre provides a unique opportunity for managers in the industry to develop an overall picture on sustainability and the latest industry trends. Read more.

Global Green Technology and Sustainability Best Practice Responses

Earlier this year, International President Dato’ Radzak Malek invited submissions from members on any topic related to sustainability and the green agenda in the logistics and transport sector. We are delighted to share the following contributions received from members in regions throughout the CILT global family.

Please note that articles represent the views and opinions of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the views of CILT. The articles can also be accessed via the new Publications & Articles section of the International website where you can use keywords and filtering options to browse the content.

Nurturing Sustainable Practices in Logistics and Transport Organisations for Resilient Supply Chains: Zimbabwe

A study focused on the need for logistics and transport companies to embrace the call to build sustainability and green agenda policies for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more

The Compelling Case for Returning to or Continuing with Negotiated Contracts under the Transition to a Green Fleet in Australia: Australia

The journey to greenness – implications for greening bus fleets in Australia.  Read more

Adaptation of Green Supply Chain Management in the Sugar Industries in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka

A comprehensive research paper with case study in agribusiness supply chain from field to table. Read more

Green Revolution: The Place of Logistics and Transport: Zambia

The green revolution in Africa – time for policy and public change. Read more

Empowering Green Healthcare Supply Chain Management Practices Challenges and Future Research: Malaysia

A review of sustainability in the supply chain in the healthcare industry. Read more

What’s the Size of your Next Day Delivery’s Carbon Footprint?: Ireland

Challenges to personal buying and procurement behaviour from a carbon perspective. Read more

Supply Chain and Logistics Sustainability Future and Opportunities – The Role of Integration of Diverse Knowledge: Australia

Argument for an integrated approach to sustainability in the supply chain combining diversity and cross discipline research. Read more

Routes to Net Zero 2050: UK

This report summarises the work of CILT UK over the last year on transport decarbonisation and is intended to update members, government ministers and officials, industry and other interested parties. Read more

Integrating Green Supply Chain Management Practices in Business: UAE

Talking green supply chain – the key principles for a sustainable business. Read more

A Study on Sustainability of Port Operations: The Case of Port of Colombo: Sri Lanka

This study examines in depth the three dimensions of sustainability in relation to seaport operation selecting the Port of Colombo as a case study. Read more

Green Technologies – Pakistan’s Success Stories: Pakistan

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable development and green technology. Read more

GHG Emission Levels and Climate Impact of Logistics in the Oil and Gas Sector: Malaysia

Putting green technology and sustainability centre stage – CILT Malaysia’s webinar response to the green agenda. Read more

Are We on the Road to Sustainable Freight Transport?: Ireland

This webinar and accompanying PowerPoint presentation explore Ireland’s journey toward a low carbon freight industry. Read more

Development of Sustainable Practices for the Maritime Industry: Sri Lanka

Steps to be taken in the development of new and sustainable practices for the maritime industry, and methodologies taken by ports, vessels and the shipping industry. Read more

The Challenge of Future Carbon and Emissions Reduction for Rural Communities: UK

The government’s policy to prevent the sale of internal combustion powered private cars and light vans by 2030 is a serious societal challenge across the UK in general and for rural communities in particular. Read more

Transport Policy Review – Where does Ireland Stand on Climate Change?: Ireland

In 2020, CILT Ireland undertook research that analysed climate change implications for the transport industry. In so doing, raising the awareness and readiness of CILT members and wider stakeholders. Read more

EU Green Deal: Effects on Turkish Exports: Turkey

How green legislation can impact and disadvantage trade in unforseen ways. Read more

Philippine Urban Mobility Programme: Philippines

The framework for the Government of the Philippines moving towards people-first cities empowered by efficient, dignified, and sustainable mobility. Read more

Green Shipping Management: Hong Kong

A detailed consideration of green shipping practices and developing a green shipping network. Read more

Love the Earth Action: Indonesia

Company action – greening the environment in Indonesia. Read more

World Marine Green Concept and Sustainability in Shipping: Sri Lanka

An examination of ways in which shipping and the marine industry can introduce processes and technology to reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainability. Read more

Road Transport Infrastructure Development in Kaduna: Nigeria

A case for using sustainable construction to develop a local traffic scheme in Nigeria. Read more

Is Ireland’s Transport Centre Stage? Former CILT President Tom Ferris Has His Say: Ireland

Transport policy review on sustainability and climate change – is Ireland being radical enough? Read more

Australia’s High Productivity Vehicles Delivering Continued Safety, Productivity and Sustainability Outcomes During and After the Pandemic: Australia

The role of high productivity road vehicles to meet the sustainability and climate challenge. Read more

How Retailers Can Reduce Their Last Mile Carbon Footprint: Philippines

A webinar on last mile logistics – retailers rethinking in the Philippines. Read more

Heat Pumps for Sustainable Heating and Cooling: Hong Kong

Climate change, environmental impact and the limited natural resources urge scientific research and novel technical solutions. Read more

An Investigation of the Influence of Green Logistics on Allocating Financial Resources in Transport Infrastructure Investment Projects: Africa

Who’s responsible for funding green logistics and green infrastructure? Read more

Green Logistics and Sustainable Initiatives: Malaysia

A webinar discussion of initiatives being taken in Malaysia towards climate action and sustainable practices. Read more

Time for our Industry to Wake Up to Gender Inequality: Ireland

A thought piece and call to action on Gender Equality as one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

Research on Sustainability: Zimbabwe

The importance of developing sustainability awareness and measures in logistics and transport businesses, especially SMEs, in Zimbabwe and other developing economies. Read more

Barriers in Implementing Sustainable Development Goals in Seaports: Sri Lanka

An in-depth country case study of obstacles to setting sustainability goals in ports and maritime. Read more

Climate Change Negotiations and India: Exploring Co-benefits Approach to Climate Policy Action: India

India’s climate change journey and the call for change. Read more

Adapting Professional Practices to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change: A Focus on Transport Systems and Infrastructure: Australia

Our responsibility as transport professionals in keeping infrastructure and systems climate resilient.  Read more

To contact the CILT international team with questions, or for support email Keith Newton, International Secretary General.