How can procurement managers reduce freight emissions?

Procurement managers are not handed out a specific guidance on reducing freight emissions at this moment in time. Also, there are no practical frameworks to follow or best practice exampled collected. All they are handed out is an array of internally developed sustainability requirements and carriers are often left with the burden to comply with bespoke requests from multiple customers

We teamed up with WBCSD & We Mean Business Coalition to create Transforming Heavy Transport project. The objective of the project is to accelerate emissions reductions across global freight and logistics operations.

Transforming Heavy Transport project brings together a global community of companies who are working on emissions reductions from freight and logistics operations. Together they’re developing a strategy to lower freight and logistics emissions, build on existing initiatives.

Within the project itself, we will be responsible for the development of the Smart Freight Procurement Framework which will provide multinational companies to drive emissions reduction action by subcontracted logistics services providers, freight forwarders and carriers.

The guidelines will help companies in developing a practical approach to integrate sustainable logistics into their procurement planning, tender process, and contracts with subcontracted carriers. The guidelines will be the go-to document that captures procurement requirements/practices centrally and can be updated in time as new best practices emerge.

Sophie Punte, Executive Director, contributed the following on the launch of the project: “This project is unique because it develops a strategy based on the perspective of corporations at the end of the logistics supply chain. Other strategies being developed may be too government centric, or too high level for companies to make moves to decarbonize freight. Addressing this is a key element of the Transforming Heavy Transport project.”

The project aims to release key deliverables starting in 2019.

Please feel free to contact Eszter, Industry Relations’ Manager to find out more.








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