Taking Control of Logistics Emissions

Freight transportation forms the backbone of today’s global economy, driven by economic growth and the increasing demand for goods.


Freight transportation is first and foremost a commercially-driven sector. The maritime and rail sectors enable the flow of energy resources; the aviation sector moves the time-sensitive products and high-value consumer goods. Moreover, the road transport plays a crucial role to point of consumption as the most ubiquitous form of global freight transportation.

The freight transport & logistics sector is becoming a focus area because of 3 major challenges:

> Explosive economic growth and associated trade
> High and rising environmental impacts
> Outside the control of individual stakeholders
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6 key facts about emissions from the transport sector:

Source: International Transport Forum at the OECD, 2019 & World Meteorological Organization, 2018.

  • Transportation comprises 23% of global, energy-related GHG emissions.
  • By 2050, a 3 fold increase in freight transport demand is predicted, > 3% per annum, driven by the growing economies in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • In 2015, the contribution of freight transportation to total transport emissions is 39% but is expected to be at least equivalent to passenger transport by 2050.
  • Road transport is by far the dominant source of freight transport emissions (62%), with over 1,700 million tonnes of CO2 in 2015.
  • Road freight transport emissions are predicted to rise by 40% by 2030 and nearly double by 2050.
  • By 2040, the number of emissions from passenger and freight transport will become equal to the combined emissions from all coal-fired power plants in 2017.

Measure and manage.

To tackle the challenge of GHG emissions from the freight transport sector, GHG emissions need to be redefined as a metric to communicate sustainability between stakeholders in the supply chain. GHG emissions must be included in the KPIs used by different organizations, instead of merely seen as an unwanted factor. GHG emission data can be used in investment, procurement, and sales strategies to assess the impact of various scenarios, predict the carbon ROI, and track progress towards climate goals following implementation.

However, the complexity of the transport sector demands guidance to provide standard approaches for the global industry. Therefore, we introduced the GLEC Framework.

What is GLEC Framework?

The global method for calculation and reporting of logistics emissions.


Comparing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across different modes of transport can be like comparing apples with oranges.That’s why the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) developed the GLEC Framework: the only globally recognized methodology for harmonized calculation and reporting of the logistics GHG footprint across the multi-modal supply chain. It can be implemented by shippers, carriers and logistics service providers.
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Understand more about GLEC.

No need to compare apples with oranges OR oranges with apples. Make a valid comparison.
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Why the GLEC Framework?

  • It is an industry standard that provides a consistent, transparent approach to logistic emissions reporting and reduction.
  • It works for shippers, logistics service providers and carriers, as well as for other end users of emissions information, such as governments and investors.
  • It works with stakeholders: green freight programs, emission reporting platforms, standards agencies and industry associations, to name but a few, playing a critical role in connecting shippers and carriers with their emissions and reduction efforts around the world.
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Calculate your emissions.

Bring transparency to your logistics emissions. Track your emission reduction and achieve Sustainable Development Goals in alignment with GHG Protocol, CDP and Science-Based Targets.