GLEC developments

GLEC Framework v1.0: Consultaton, Validation, Finalization and Launch

A new edition of GLEC is nearly ready! GLEC Framework v1.0 incorporates learnings from the consultation and validation process to provide both shippers and carriers with clear guidelines on how to apply GLEC to calculate emissions for multi-modal transport chains.  SFC is engaging WRI to carry out a detailed review of the Framework with the aim of achieving the “Built on GHG Protocol Mark.” This will be completed in time for the global launch, which we are planning to hold in Washington, DC most likely on 23 June in collaboration at WRI. GLEC launch events are also being planned for Europe (date and place to be confirmed) and Asia (on 7 September at the Green Freight Asia annual forum in Singapore). Pencil these dates in your agendas and let us know if you would like to attend, or have a colleague who might be interested in learning more about GLEC. 

In the process of reaching GLEC Framework version 1.0 over 100 stakeholders provided feedback on the version released for consultation in January 2015 through written feedback, consultation workshops and in-person meetings.  Consultation workshops were held in the US (Jan and Aug), Brussels (Oct, hosted by the European Commission), Beijing (Nov, with input from WRI) and as a webinar with Latin American companies (Dec). Comments ranged from the GLEC approach, scope and boundaries, modes, harmonization with other standards/guidelines/protocols to verification, application guidelines, and priorities for the future of GLEC.

In order to better understand how the GLEC Framework will operate in the company setting, SFC conducted a collaborative case study with HP as a shipper and DHL, DB Schenker and Kuehne + Nagel as logistics service providers, covering transportation of notebooks from China to the Middle East and Europe. You can find the report here.   

GLEC Industry Survey: current status of logistics emissions accounting

A GLEC Industry Survey of 144 companies that are members of one or more green freight programs was carried out with a 15% response rate. Main results: 71% of companies calculate emissions of their freight/logistics transport chain using a mix of methodologies; most companies use data for external reporting (86%) and logistics systems improvements (81%) but only few for fuel efficiency improvements (38%) and carrier selection (14%). ALL respondents agree on the need for a global methodology framework.  This survey will be repeated annually showing (hopefully) increasing adoption of the GLEC Framework by companies.

Other initiatives and new projects relevant to GLEC

An SFC-led consortium submitted a bid for the EC Horizon 2020 Euro call for proposals: “Promoting the Deployment of Green Transport, Towards Eco-labels for Logistics”. The approach is centered around GLEC and the mechanisms that will support its uptake.  The aim is to establish coordinated networks of industry, government and civil society stakeholders (at the European and preferably global level) and build on existing initiatives to drive consistent and transparent emissions measurement and reporting across the global logistics supply chain.  Securing this project would be a clear boost for the roll out of the GLEC Framework in Europe.

SFC has teamed up with PIANC and several other partner organisations to work collaboratively as part of its Think Climate Coalition.  The partners are developing a joint action plan to reduce emissions, strengthen resilience, and promote adaptation in the waterborne transport sector.  This gives us the opportunity to harmonize the approach to calculation methodologies in this sector in collaboration with like-minded organisations.

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