Welcome to the UNCTAD Framework for Sustainable Freight Transport

Intended as a coherent and straightforward methodology to be used when planning, developing and implementing a sustainable freight transport strategy, UNCTAD’s Framework for Sustainable Freight Transport (UNCTAD SFT Framework) aims to build and strengthen the capacity, skills, and knowledge of relevant freight transport stakeholders interested in advancing the sustainable freight transport agenda.

The UNCTAD SFT Framework sets a modular step-by-step process that details how to plan, design, develop and implement tailored sustainable freight transport strategies.

It offers guidance and practical tools to help decision makers - from both the public and the private sector - plan, design and implement adequate strategies that promote sustainable freight transport systems.

  • A Self-Assessment Questionnaire: allows for a qualitative evaluation of the current status and performance of freight transport along the three dimensions of sustainable transport (economic, environmental and social).
  • A filterable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) List: features more than 250 indicators related to sustainable freight transport. These can be used to measure performance and progress against the objectives set in the sustainable freight transport strategy.
  • A Sustainable Freight Transport Measures Catalogue: includes more than 300 measures that can support the design and implementation of a sustainable freight transport strategy.

With many players being involved in regulating, developing, implementing, managing, operating, and maintaining freight transport infrastructure and services, the target audience of the Framework spans all relevant players from within and outside the freight transport sector. These include government authorities, policy makers, city planners, freight transport and logistics service providers (e.g., shipping carriers and logistics firms), users (e.g., shippers, traders and supply chain managers), infrastructure developers, managers and operators, as well as investors and financial institutions.

Tools

Self–Assessment

Self–Assessment

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators

Sustainable Freight Transport Measures

Sustainable Freight Transport Measures

The UNCTAD SFT Framework is supported by six Steps (Diagnosis, Visioning, Targets, Implementation, Partnership & Programme, Monitoring & Evaluation) and one set of crosscutting Enabling Factors. The steps can be carried out in sequence or in parallel, depending on the local requirements, timelines and resources.  Each step allows to also evaluate progress, refine approaches, and update the strategy.  The Framework is thus modular and adopts a circular approach.

To begin working with the UNCTAD SFT Framework, please use the drop-down menu in the navigation bar, or download the PDF version by clicking on the button below.

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