Companies need to transport products to millions of customers around the globe and transport emissions currently contribute 22% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, with logistics emissions contributing about 6% of this total. Leading companies want to be competitive and more environmentally sustainable by improving freight efficiency, and tracking emissions reductions and lowering costs. Including the carbon footprint in business decisions (alongside costs, time and reliability) is only possible if emissions can be calculated consistently at a global level across road, rail, air, sea, inland waterways and transhipment centers. Multinational shippers and carriers that transport goods across the global supply chain can understand, report and reduce their emissions, as well as compare and select more fuel-efficient modes and carriers.
The Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC), made up of leading multinationals, associations and industry initiatives involved in freight movement, was established in 2014. Led by Smart Freight Centre, the GLEC provides a common, global platform for industry to develop, apply and advocate for a harmonized logistics emissions accounting.
To address the gap of a universally adopted method for calculating logistics emissions, the GLEC with imput from academia, NGO's and other stakeholders, has developed the first global framework for logistics emissions accounting, incorporating existing methodologies and addressing the major gaps in logistics chain coverage: The GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies.
The next step towards aligning carbon accounting in the logistics sector is to drive the acceptance and use of the GLEC Framework by industry, government and other players. This includes:
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