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Cold chain logistics workshop held

Released at: 15:44, 15/01/2019

Cold chain logistics workshop held

Photo: GIZ

Workshop looks at harnessing the potential of Vietnam's cold chain logistics sector.

by Minh Do

GIZ’s Project Development Programme (PDP) of the German Energy Solutions Initiative, in cooperation with Emergent Cold Vietnam, Kingspan, and Thang Long Logistics, organized the “Cold Chain Logistics - Technology and Future” workshop on January 14 in Hanoi.

Proudly supported by the Vietnam Logistics Business Association and held for the first in Vietnam’s north, the workshop was an opportunity for over 100 market leaders and experts to share and exchange their views, thoughts, and concerns over the future of cold chain logistics.

One of the topics up for discussion was the latest technologies and trends in cold storage construction, focusing on energy efficiency, fire protection, green-building construction, rooftop solar panels to reduce CO2 emission, service costs, and competitiveness.

These measures will create added values to products being transported or stored and meet the sustainability requirements of other players along the supply chain, such as manufacturers and end users.

Vietnam’s logistics sector is still in the early stages of development and demand for complete logistics solutions, from inland transportation, ocean shipping, and air freight to warehousing, distribution, and customs services are increasing significantly, with growth forecast at 15-20 per cent to 2025.

Logistics is also a common denominator of all industries and an essential part of the global supply chain. Despite having 3,000 companies in operation, the sector is fragmented, with many small companies, under-developed infrastructure, and old equipment and facilities, resulting in high losses, emissions, and costs.

The PDP has been providing technical support for many industrial enterprises in Vietnam to assess investment feasibility when applying rooftop solar panels and establishing business partnerships with reputable German solar companies. The PDP is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and within the scope of the German Energy Solutions Initiative and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

One exemplary case in Vietnam’s cold chain sector is the 308 kWp rooftop solar system at Emergent Cold Vietnam in northern Bac Ninh province, supported by the PDP. Its solar generation covers 15 per cent of annual power demand and contributes to cutting 170 tons of CO2 emission from the facility.

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