Launch of the GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies

The first universal way of calculating logistics emissions

23 June 2016, WRI Offices, Washington D.C. 



Launch of the GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies
The first universal way of calculating logistics emissions 

23 June 2016 I  WRI offices I 10G Street I Washington D.C., US

Organized by Smart Freight Centre and hosted by World Resources Institute

The Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) of industry initiatives, associations and leading multinationals involved in freight movement led by Smart Freight Centre, launched the first universal and transparent way of calculating logistics emissions: the GLEC Framework 1.0


1 - 3 PM: Meet the experts and networking
Everything you want to ask about GLEC

• Alan Lewis, GLEC Director, Smart Freight Centre (SFC)
• Suzanne Greene, GLEC Technical Advisor, SFC
• GLEC businesses and members

3 - 5 PM: Launch
Download the Launch Presentation 

Welcome and introduction
• Sophie Punte, Executive Director, SFC

Keynote speeches on the importance of the GLEC Framework
• Pankaj Bhatia, Acting Director, Climate Program, WRI
• Cheryl Bynum, National Program Manager, SmartWay, U.S. EPA

How the GLEC Framework was developed and how it works
• Alan Lewis, GLEC Director, SFC
• Suzanne Greene, GLEC Technical Advisor, SFC

Business use and benefits of the GLEC Framework 
• Roger Libby, Senior Director Corporate Public Policy, DHL Deutsche Post
• Blair Chikasuye, Global Logistics Environment Manager, HP
• John Lovenburg, Vice President Environmental, BNSF Railway 

Discussion with participants and closing remarks

5 – 7 PM:  Drinks!

GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies

Companies need to transport products to millions of customers around the globe. Leading companies want to be competitive and more environmentally sustainable by improving freight efficiency, tracking greenhouse gas emissions and lowering costs. Including the carbon footprint of logistics activities 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. For the first time the GLEC Framework 1.0 provides this guidance, allowing multinational shippers and carriers to compare and select more fuel efficient modes and carriers and identify ways to increase efficiency.   

The launch of the GLEC Framework 1.0 follows a year of consultation and validation with GLEC partners such as Hewlett-Packard, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker and DHL, as well as the issuance of the GHG Protocol Built on Mark. A next step is to mobilize companies to apply the GLEC Framework and integrate it into, for example, industry tools, green freight programs, and national standards and policies.  

Leading multinationals including DB SchenkerDeutsche Post DHL GroupHPIntel and Kuehne+Nagel have already committed to adopting the GLEC Framework.


Pankaj Bhatia, Acting Director Climate Program, WRI
Pankaj Bhatia is the Acting Director of WRI’s Climate Program and Director of WRI’s Tools, Reporting and Analysis for Climate (TRAC) Signature Initiative. Pankaj is one of the leading, global experts and authority on the GHG Protocol standards and tools, particularly in the areas of corporate, scope 3, mitigation action, and city accounting  

Cheryl Bynum, National Director SmartWay Transportation Partnership, US EPA
Cheryl Bynum directs EPA’s SmartWay program for sustainable goods movement. Thousands of businesses and stakeholders across the US and Canada use SmartWay tools, methods and incentives to assess and improve the sustainability of their supply chains. Ms. Bynum also developed SmartWay’s technology program and before EPA, served in the transportation industry. 

Blair Chikasuye, Global Logistics Environment Manager, HP
Blair Chikasuye is the Global Logistics Environment Manager at Hewlett Packard. His responsibilities include managing the global CO2 Footprint and Reduction initiatives across HP’s global supply chain, identifying and implementing social & environmental programs and communicating these activities via HP’s annual sustainability report and through external engagements like this one. To support HP’s Green House Gas reduction goals, he is on a technical review subcommittee for the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (US EPA) and on the steering committee for the Clean Cargo Working Group. Blair is also engaged with US EPA SmartWay, Green Freight Asia, Green Freight Europe, the International Air Transport Association and the Global Logistics Emissions Council.

Suzanne Greene, Manager Metals & Minerals for the Environment, MIT
Suzanne Greene works as a GLEC Advisor and co-authored the GLEC Framework to harmonize the calculation of logistics emissions. She works at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she manages a new research initiative to address the environmental and social challenges of metals and minerals industry. Suzanne previously coordinated the MIT Leaders for Environmental Assessment and Performance, an academia-industry partnership focused on accurately accounting for GHGs within the supply chain. As part of Product Attribute to Impact Algorithm (PAIA) project, she helped develop a streamlined carbon footprint assessment methodology for information technology products.

Alan Lewis, Director Global Logistics Emissions Council, Smart Freigth Centre
Alan Lewis is Operations Director of Transport & Travel Research Ltd, a member of the TRL Group of Companies and Director of Smart Freight Centre’s Global Logistics Emissions Council. He has taken leading roles in initiatives linked to emissions reduction and supporting the development of freight transport policy and operational improvement; these include representing the UK government on transport-related emissions and urban freight transport to the EU and the International Energy Agency and leading the UK Department for Transport’s research on socio-economic impacts of freight consolidation centers. Alan was previously in charge of dissemination and forward planning for the European Commission’s COFRET project which synthesized existing knowledge base on carbon foot-printing of freight transport.

Roger Libby, Senior Director Corporate Public Policy, Deutsche Post DHL
Roger Libby is Head of the Corporate Public Policy for DP DHL in the Americas and engages the Administration and Congress on climate change, energy, homeland security, trade, and transportation policies. He manages government relations outreach to the Hill and the Administration, and he serves as a subject matter expert on aviation security policy for the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) Air Cargo Subcommittee. Roger works closely with the United Nations on the sustainable transport agenda, including in his role as Sherpa to DP DHL CEO Dr. Frank Appel, who is a member of the United Nations High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. 

John Lovenburg, Vice President Environment, BNSF Railway
John Lovenburg is the Vice President Environmental of BNSF Railway and leads a team of employees responsible for environmental strategy, sustainability, permitting, compliance, remediation, hazardous materials and emergency response, environmental litigation, environmental engineering and industrial wastewater operations. Mr. Lovenburg is a frequent speaker and contributor on the significant role of rail in a more sustainable freight system. Mr. Lovenburg has more than 20 years of environmental consulting experience with CH2M. 

Sophie Punte, Executive Director, Smart Freight Centre
Sophie works with industry and other stakeholders to remove market barriers, leverage existing initiatives and thus accelerate the uptake of practical solutions throughout industry. Previously, as Executive Director of Clean Air Asia, she helped establish the China Green Freight Initiative and Green Freight Asia. Sophie also worked at the United Nations and KPMG on environmental management and corporate sustainability. She holds a Master of Science (Biology) and a Master of Environmental Management from the Netherlands. 



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