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.

The GLEC Framework v1.0 is currently being reviewed and updated, incorporating feedback from different stakeholders. The revised version of the Framework is expected to be released during quarter one of 2019.

The second version tackles issues such as:

  • Providing more emphasis on practical implementation 
  • Additional detail relating to inland waterway vessel categories
  • Comprehensive guidance on how to calculate emissions at a range of logistics sites
  • Detailed guidance on calculating and reporting of emissions at maritime container terminals
  • Expansion of the coverage and detail of default emission intensity factors across all modes of transport

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