GLEC Framework implementation

 “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” - 

The GLEC Framework supports the measurements of logistics emissions with the subsequent elements of reporting, verifying and then using the results to realise reductions of emissions and creating value.

The implementation of the GLEC Framework can be broken down into the following stages:

  • Stage 1 - Assessing current status using a Gap Analysis approach
  • Stage 2 - Creating a GLEC Adoption Action Plan based on the outputs of current status assessment
  • Stage 3 - Implementation of the Action Plan

SFC has developed a Gap Analysis tool to help companies assessing and understanding their current status against the GLEC Framework. The Gap Analysis tools helps companies to give an indication on any gaps between current practices and the GLEC Framework. This tool complements the GLEC Framework and will be part of a suite of supporting materials that help organisations understand the requirements of and how to implement the GLEC Framework. It differentiates between "Principles" and "Recommendations" of the GLEC Framework, to help highlight which aspects are considered essential and those that can be considered optional in the early phase of its adoption. The approach can be in the form of self-assessment to evaluate steps towards GLEC Framework implementation or can be forwarded to SFC for evaluation if guidance is required.

Please contact SFC to access the most up to date Gap Analysis tool.

Consumption factors and data accuracy

Fuel based reporting is the basis of the GLEC Framework and the consumption factors. With more and more companies reporting actual fuel data, the transport sector will have less reliance on default factors. The default factors given in the GLEC Framework have been derived from the best available data from global, regional and national datasets covering all modes. It is recognised that this is an area with gaps and requires further research.

The move from general default values towards detailed carrier average values will lead to enhanced business value decision-making and a further move to carrier specific values will help carriers evaluate measures taken with vehicles, vessels and fuels. This level will be too focused for most decision-making and an unrealistic level for disclosure. The GLEC Framework promotes a level of precision appropriate to the business value decisions being made.

Transport service categories

A transport service category (TSC) is a way of describing the type of transport services and is important in ensuring that similar services are compared.

A TSC gives a level of aggregation that will be useful and representative. Reporting emissions at individual shipment journey level are not representative as variations can occur from one day to the next and grouping all services to one single average is also not useful, therefore the TSC approach is taken. When emissions are reported we must be sure to compare “apples with apples” in order to assess the performance of the operators of the transport provision. The GLEC Framework recommends TSCs that take the nature of cargo types, network operations and contract types into account. Harmonizing TSCs ensures consistency so that emission reporting is conducted in a consistent manner. By making sure both shippers and carriers are grouping their services in a likeminded way will improve the use of the GLEC Framework.

SFC and the GLEC Fw

Smart Freight Centre currently supports the logistics sector towards aligning carbon accounting and drives the acceptance and use of the GLEC Framework by industry, government and other players:

  • Adoption of the GLEC Framework by companies with a view to progressive application across their logistics operations
  • Embedding the GLEC Framework into tools, programs and standards
  • Developing and implementing enablers for carbon accounting, reporting and reduction: methodologies, verification & certification, data interface & exchange and eco-label concept and business incentivisation
  • Communication to reach broader stakeholder groups

GLEC Framework - Implementation Projects

Smart Freight Centre is helping the acceptance of the GLEC Framework by conducting implementation projects with different companies. These projects are centered on “real world” transport chains, which aim to assess the applicability of the Framework and stimulate collaboration between cargo owners, logistics service providers and carriers.

Logistics Emissions Accounting and Reduction Network (LEARN) Project

Smart Freight Centre acts as the coordinator of the European Commission Horizon 2020 funded LEARN Project which aims to empower businesses to reduce their carbon footprint through emissions accounting.

This project will have the GLEC Framework at its core, more information on the LEARN project can be found here   


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