ISO standard building on GLEC Framework

Single approach used by industry, government and investors

International standards give consumers and investors more confidence in the products, services and information that companies provide. Regulators and governments count on standards to help develop better and more consistent policy and regulations. Companies themselves save time when they can rely on standards, because they don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

The GLEC Framework has rapidly become the common industry guideline for calculating and reporting emissions from freight transportation and logistics. However, a formal ISO standard would ensure a single approach that will be widely accepted by industry, governments and investors.

Alan Lewis of Smart Freight Centre is project manager for the development of a new ISO Standard that covers both passenger and freight transport, in collaboration with the German Institute for Certification (DIN) which hosts the International Secretariat.

What will this project deliver?

  • New ISO Standard: ISO 14083 “Quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions of transport operations.” The intention is that the principles and methodology for freight transport will be based on, and consistent with, the GLEC Framework. This will emphasize its position as the industry guideline for logistics emission accounting and reporting across the multimodal supply chain. ISO 14083 will replace the existing European standard EN 16258.
  • Accredited programs and tools: Once in place the new ISO Standard is expected to align with SFC’s ‘in conformance with the GLEC Framework’ accreditation of programs and tools. This means that companies currently using accredited programs and tools won’t need to make changes in 2022.
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Why should you join this project?

You should join this project if you want to influence the new ISO standard and make sure that it will be aligned with the GLEC Framework. To those who sign up, SFC will keep you informed about the direction of the development of the ISO standard so you know when and how to provide input through the official ISO channels. SFC will provide

  • Periodic webinars to collect feedback on specific points that will be discussed by the ISO committee at meetings or addressed through written means between meetings
  • Short, written briefing notes on outcomes from ISO committee meetings, hot topics, upcoming actions and general progress
  • Advance warning where input to national committees would be useful to ensure GLEC Framework compatibility, with templates for such input
  • Current GLEC partners: DB Schenker, DP-DHL, Volkswagen Logistics, ESC, CLECAT, Ademe France, EcoTransIT, GreenRouter, TKBlue

Project timeframe

  • September 2019: Initiation of ISO process and parallel incorporation of EN16258 was approved
  • November 2019: Kick-off meeting hosted by US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
  • April- August 2020: First working draft circulated for comments, input and discussion at Working Group meeting
  • September - November 2020: Second working draft prepared
  • December 2020 - February 2021: Second working draft circulated for comments and input and discussion at Working Group meeting
  • February - April 2021: Preparation of consultation draft
  • May-June 2021: Consultation period and ballot
  • June 2021: Meeting to resolve comments on consultation draft
  • August - December 2021: Preparation & translation of draft international standard
  • January - March 2022: Ballot on draft international standard
  • May-July 2022: Preparation of final draft international standard
  • End 2022: Publication of ISO 14083

How can you get involved?

Companies and other organizations can become involved in the ISO process through their national committees. GLEC partners can contact SFC if they want to join periodic webinars and be kept informed on progress and outcomes of meetings. For more information contact: Alan Lewis, Technical Development Director, Smart Freight Centre,
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GLEC was set up to establish and implement a global, transparent framework for calculating, reporting and reducing logistics emissions.