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Top 10 Green Trends and Technologies in Shipping (WFP 2009)

Article explains ten strategies used in shipping that will have less negative impact on the environment and that are relevant to the humanitarian sector.  For example, slow steaming, low carbon fuels, cold ironing, real time tracking and more.



Cleaner Motorcycles: Promoting the Use of Four-Stroke Engine
(UNEP and KJAER Group)

Brochure explains environmental benefits of using four-stroke engine motorcycles.

ToolsBack to top


Toolkit for Clean Fleet Strategy Development (UNEP and TNT)

Toolkit is a step by step action plan for fleet managers to understand the environmental impact of their fleet and to improve operations, including fuel, driving, emissions, vehicle type and monitoring.  Excel worksheets and example indicators provided to evaluate current status of fleet and ways to improve (Tool 18).  Toolkit text book included for download.



Eco-Driving Tool (UNEP)

Tool explains how changing driving behavior can reduce carbon emissions. Tip sheet included.



HumaNav Project (project website coming soon)

The project aims to improve the security and effectiveness of humanitarian transport missions by providing tracking, navigation and data capture for humanitarian vehicle fleets by combining various space and terrestrial technologies to address the four principle needs of the participating organizations: 1) security for staff, vehicles and cargo, 2) road safety, 3) fleet effectiveness, 4) reduction of environmental footprint. Developed as the result of consultation between representatives of UNHCR, ICRC, UNOSAT, UNITAR, NOVACOM and CNES.



GPS Fleet Solutions, Return on Investment

Tool calculates the return on investment of a GPS tracking system for a fleet of vehicles by typing in basic information about the fleet.  Quick and easy rough estimation.

TrainingBack to top


Eco-Driving Training (Eco-Drive.Org)

Training on how to change driving habits to reduce negative impacts on the environment.



UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD and WFP)

UNHRD offers services and training on shipping and storage by demand.  Request training modules on  “green” methods tailored to programmes and staff.  For inquiries and questions contact:



Clean Fleet Training (UNEP)

Training for humanitarian organization fleet managers, including WFP and IFRC, was held in 2008. Further training available upon request. Contact Vered Ehsani:

Case studiesBack to top


UNHCR Rolls Out Satellite Tracking System for Vehicles
(Huma-Nav, UNHCR, UNOSAT 2010)

UNHCR partnered with HumaNav to pilot satellite tracking programmes on vehicles in Chad, Sudan and Uganda, improving staff security and reducing environmental impact from driving.

Best practicesBack to top


Efficient Operations for Small Fleets (Freight Best Practices)

Guide geared towards small scale fleet operators (private or personal) showing ways to reduce fuel use, thus costs.  Discusses basic performance indicators and explains how to re-fit trucks and preventative maintenance techniques.



Fuel Saving Tips (Freight Best Practices)

Pocket guide for managers and drivers with check lists and questions to ask when buying fleet vehicles.



The Fuel Efficient Truck Drivers’ Handbook (Freight Best Practices)

Handbook explains tips for drivers to increase fuel efficiency and explains daily vehicle checks.



Working Together to Improve Operational Efficiency of Regional Distribution
Centers (Freight Best Practices)

Guide includes checklist, questions to ask, case studies and tips to improve RDCs. May apply to humanitarian operation warehouses.



Efficient Public Sector Fleet Operations (Freight Best Practices)

Guide unique to fleets used for specific purposes, limited time and area and by employees not necessarily hired as drivers, similar to humanitarian conditions. Helps fleet managers improve operational fleet efficiency.