Smart Freight Centre Launches First Global Accounting Method for Emissions from Freight Industry

Shell Foundation partner Smart Freight Centre  (SFC) this morning, in Washington, DC, launched the first universal methodology for accounting for emissions from the freight sector.

In their role as founder and lead for the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC), a group of companies and industry associations backed by leading experts, SFC developed the methodology and have secured the ‘Built on GHG Protocol’ mark for it. This is a major milestone for SFC and an exciting step forward in their work towards reducing fuel use and harmful emissions from the freight industry.

“For the first time, emissions can be calculated consistently at a global level covering road, rail, inland waterways, sea, air and transhipment centres,” said Sophie Punte, SFC's Executive Director.

Having a single, universal methodology for calculating emissions is key to companies in the freight and logistics industry being able to measure the emissions impact of their business and targeting steps to improve it.

Several leading multinationals have already signed up to using the GLEC framework, recognising its benefits.  HP Global Logistics Senior Partner Mike Passon said: "GLEC's new emissions framework will help HP calculate our GHG footprint consistently across our global supply chain while improving reporting processes and business decisions."  

His views were echoed by Roger Libby, Head of Corporate Public Policy at DHL, who said: “We see the GLEC Framework as an essential tool in our own progress toward improving the carbon efficiency of our network by 30% by 2020, as compared to 2007.” 

For full details see SFC’s press release here.

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