ICLEI South Asia participated in the ICLEI World Congress 2018 which was held in Montreal, Canada from the 19th to 22nd of June. The Congress brought together over 1,000 people and 120 political leaders from 177 cities and regions to discuss sustainable urban development. The South Asian delegation consisted of mayors from the cities of Thimpu in Bhutan, Nagpur and Rajahmundry in India as well as one of our board members Prof. A.K.Maitra. In addition, Former Deputy Mayor of Shimla and Additional Commissioner of Ludhiana also attended the conference.
Mr. Ashish Rao Ghorpade, Deputy Director of ICLEI South Asia, participated in the session ‘EcoLogistics: The Next Level for Sustainable Urban Mobility’ which looked into future trends and challenges – social, economic, technological, and institutional of urban freight sector, as well as provided examples from leading cities and industry on innovative ways to tackle the challenges of decarbonising urban freight transport sector.
Mr. Ghorpade presented the Ecologistics: Low Carbon Freight for Sustainable Cities project, funded by The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), where he discussed the current status of transportation and freight logistics in the three Indian cities – Shimla, Panaji and Kochi. “The city level goods movement and their contribution to emissions have not been documented well for Indian cities. This is a first of such initiative where we develop a plan for reducing the emissions cost,” he said.