GLEC Framework Implementation

Implementing the GLEC Framework in a company supply chain, sector or country

More than 100 multinationals are now using the GLEC Framework to calculate and report logistics emissions across the multi-modal supply chain. They have benefitted from increased emissions transparency internally and towards customers, governments, investors and the wider public. They are also using results to set clearer targets, identify and track results from improvement opportunities, and manage logistics procurement and climate risks.

SFC developed training and support materials to support companies in the implementation of the GLEC Framework. However, challenges remain, such as access to reliable data to calculate emissions, lack of integration into IT systems, the need for guidance tailored to specific modes or sectors, and up-to-date emission factors for specific fuels.

The GLEC Framework Implementation project is carried out as a project under the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) that is managed by Smart Freight Centre. The project aims to deepen and roll out the GLEC Framework across modes, sectors, countries, and initiatives.

What will this project deliver?

There are several projects to support the implementation of the GLEC Framework across industry and use of results by various stakeholders. In some of these SFC takes the lead, and in others SFC is a partner. All projects result in guidelines, case studies or other support materials so that the entire sector can benefit. The links below lead to more detailed project descriptions.

  • ISO standard. Development of a formal ISO 14083 standard covering both passenger and freight transport, with the GLEC Framework as a basis for freight. This will ensure a single approach that will be widely accepted by industry, governments and investors
  • Update mechanism emission factors. Develop a mechanism for regular/ongoing updates through the GLEC Framework for processes or changing data items, such as fuel emission factors, and other information that companies need to reliably calculate the logistics GHG footprint, which the ISO standard ideally refers to.
  • Data Access. Support shippers, LSPs and carriers to calculate logistics emissions in a more seamless way by improving data access, exchange and IT integration. Outputs are IT systems & Logistics Emissions Guidelines, a Data Protocol and test cases
  • Sea Cargo Charter. A global framework that allows for the integration of climate considerations into chartering decisions to favor climate-aligned maritime transport. SFC contributed, together with UMAS, to writing the Technical Guidance underpinning the Charter, which helps to calculate and report greenhouse gas emissions from bulk shipping.
  • Inland Waterways Transport Network (IW-NET). The EC-funded project led by the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) aims to increase the use of inland waterways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and as an economically viable alternative. This is done through ICT, technological and other innovations in the area of multi-modal chains, waterway infrastructure and vessels. GHG reductions of ‘living lab’ cases are calculated using the GLEC Framework.
  • GLEC Framework roll out in the Chemical Sector. Dow and Kemira are among the first chemical companies to adopt the GLEC Framework. Together with the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), we are developing a practical methodology in line with the GLEC Framework, for the calculation of logistics GHG emissions by individual chemical companies, based on their actual logistics data. The methodology and accompanying guidelines will permit companies to calculate, compare and monitor emissions by for different modes of transport and products, as well as support future reduction initiatives.
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Why should you join this project?

Let us know what steps in the GLEC Framework implementation you need help with for your company, sector, or country – we can work out a collaboration as long as results can be used by others too. The benefits for companies and other organizations are:

  • Improve your GLEC Framework implementation across the company and with suppliers
  • Influence new guidelines and tools associated with the GLEC Framework as the industry standard
  • Demonstrate leadership through published case studies (we can anonymize the case studies if you prefer)

Project timeframe

Guidelines, case studies and other support materials are released throughout the year. Specific timeframes for different projects can be found on the more detailed project pages.

How can you get involved?

For more information contact: Rik Arends, or Eszter Toth-Weedon,
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The project is carried out and co-funded together with GLEC partners and other funders.