What is the GLEC Framework

The leading methodology for freight transport that allows companies to consistently calculate their GHG footprint across the global multi-modal supply chain and inform their business decissions and efforts to reduce emissions.

Comparing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across different modes of transport can be like comparing apples to oranges because so many methodologies exist. The GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies combines existing methods into one framework and fills the gaps. The GLEC Framework enables a company to understand its carbon footprint alongside cost and time to decide the best way to transport its goods.

Watch our animation about the GLEC Framework here.

Companies can start by carrying out a Gap Analysis to identify and fill gaps between a company's current logistics GHG emission calculation and reporting practices against the GLEC Framework >

The GLEC Framework builds on existing methodologies such as CEN 16258, Clean Cargo Working Group, IATA RP 1678 and SmartWay, as well as outputs from the EU funded project COFRET and the US National Cooperative Freight Research Program. The GLEC Framework version 1.0 is backed by industry and other key stakeholders and was launched in June 2016. 

The GLEC Framework:

  • Can be implemented by shippers, carriers and logistics service providers
  • Covers all modes of transport and transhipment centres across the global logistics supply chain
  • Combines existing standards and methodologies
  • Built on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Mark

Leading multinationals including DB Schenker, Deutsche Post DHL Group, HP Inc, Kuehne+Nagel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, GEODIS, DAMCO and FRET SNCF have already committed to adopting the GLEC Framework, leading the way for adoption across industry. We invite your company to join a growing group of GLEC companies and stakeholders. Test how the GLEC Framework can provide a more accurate carbon footprint for your business decisions, and share your experience.

Download GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies

Download the summary of the GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies

The GLEC Framework v1.0 will be reviewed, incorporating feedback from different stakeholders. The Framework will be developed further with the support of GLEC and other relevant experts and stakeholders. The current Framework is expected to be supported with relevant supplements and guidance documents to support the implementation of the Framework. It is expected that in late 2018 there will be a new version of the Framework released. Please stay up-to-date about relevant updates and news concerning the GLEC Framework by regularly visiting our website and by subscribing to the newsletter of Smart Freight Centre.



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