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Tips for making CO2 a KPI for freight transportation

If we continue shipping goods as we do today, freight emissions will surpass energy as the most carbon-intensive sector by 2050.

Emissions accounting framework

This challenge has been embraced by the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC), a group of companies, NGOs, green freight programs and experts committed to tracking and reducing carbon emissions from freight transportation. Led by Smart Freight Centre (SFC), a group of stakeholders including me, Smart Freight Centre Technical Director Alan Lewis and GLEC partners collaboratively developed and tested a carbon accounting method that works for shippers, carriers and logistics service providers: the GLEC Framework.

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Companies have the power to prevent freight transportation’s carbon emissions from skyrocketing over the next few decades. Adopting the GLEC Framework is an important starting place, allowing companies to communicate information on carbon emissions to other companies as well as their customers, using the same language. While the GLEC Framework enables us to compare apples to apples, achieving emissions reductions rests on companies — from supply chain planning to sales and procurement — to adopt CO2 as a KPI in their decision-making.

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