Launching of LEADS 2023 Report Green and Sustainable Logistics

On December 16, 2023, in Bharat Mandapam, ITPO, New Delhi, Shri Piyush Goyal, the Honourable Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Textiles, launched the ‘Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) 2023’ Report. The launch event also featured expert panel discussions on ‘Leveraging Data and Technology to Ease Logistics’ and ‘Green and Sustainable Logistics.’ The programme was attended by Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, and Secretaries of States and Union Territories, as well as officials from Central Ministries and industry stakeholders.

During the event two sessions were held: (i) Leveraging Data and technologies to Ease Logistics; (ii) Green and sustainable Logistics.

Narayankumar Sreekumar, Associate Director, Electric Mobility, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, was invited on the panel discussion on ‘Green and Sustainable Logistics,’ where he said, “Cultivating strong public-private collaborations, such as the National Highways for EVs initiative, offers a substantial opportunity to strategically enhance zero-emission charging infrastructure throughout India. Establishing an all-encompassing framework that harmonises incentives and regulations, customised to the unique requirements of the industry subsector and region, is essential for driving widespread adoption of zero-emission freight practices.”

LEADS was conceived on the lines of Logistics Performance Index of World Bank in 2018 and has evolved over time. While the LPI relies entirely on perception-based surveys, LEADS incorporates both perception as well as objectivity thereby enhancing the robustness and comprehensiveness of this exercise.

The 5th edition of the LEADS annual exercise – LEADS 2023 report, provides insights into improvement of logistics performance at State/UT level. It highlights an enhanced overall stakeholder perception and impact of various reforms, across States and UTs. This report, signalling a positive shift in States performance across the key pillars – Logistics Infrastructure, Logistics Services and Operating and Regulatory Environment, empowers the State/UT Governments by providing region specific insights for informed decision making and comprehensive growth.

This report is based on a pan-India primary survey, conducted between May and July 2023, covering over 7,300 responses across 36 States/UTs. Additionally, over 750 stakeholder consultations, facilitated by National, Regional, and State Associations, significantly contributed to this comprehensive evaluation.