Benefits of the GLEC Framework

The GLEC Framework fits the purpose of reporting logistics emissions of the whole organisation. Benefits of the Framework depend on whether you are a carrier operating a fleet, a logistics service provider organising transport on behalf of your customer and sub-contracting to other carriers or a cargo owner.

As a cargo owner (shipper) or logistic service provider you will be able to:

  • Make or influence decisions on supply chain optimisation (e.g. selection of modes of transport, location of transhipment centres etc.)
  • Manage the performance of the carriers that transport your products
  • Demonstrate leadership in your sector and influence your suppliers following your lead
  • Demonstrate consumers or end users of your products that your company is committed to and delivering on its sustainability promises

 As a carrier or logistic service provider you will be able to:

  • Assess your current operations in terms of greenhouse gas emissions or energy efficiency (emissions per unit of work done)
  • Evaluate the impact of measures or actions taken to reduce emissions from your fleet
  • Prioritise and plan fleet management actions such as fuel management, route optimisation, load management and vehicle utilisation

To be able to fulfil different carbon reporting requirements, companies gather data with different origins and levels of granularity. The quality of the data depends on many different factors, but it is important to keep in mind that the quality of data has an influence on business value. 

The logistics sector will need to change in terms of implementing efficiency measures if it wants to meet the climate targets set for it.   The detailed figure can help in identifying the current approach of your organisation and how it can change to optimise its performance. Use of a collaborative approach between carriers and cargo owners will make a big difference to how easily this can be achieved in practice. The GLEC Framework v1.0 is aimed at encouraging the sector to shift its approach to carbon footprinting towards collaboration by simultaneously supporting the needs of both carriers and cargo owners. 

More detailed information about the different types of data and how they can be used to create business value can be found in the GLEC Framework implementation section. 


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