The Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) has launched a universal method to calculate the carbon footprint of logistics supply chains. It promises to standardise reporting data and makes it easier to compare the business’ environmental performance around the world.
GLEC was established in 2014 with an aim of providing a common, global platform for industry to develop, apply and advocate for a harmonised logistics emissions accounting. It is a group of companies, industry associations and programmes, backed by leading experts and other stakeholders.
Until now, comparing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across different modes of transport was like comparing apples to oranges because so many methodologies exist. To address the gap of a universally adopted method for calculating logistics emissions, the GLEC, with inputs from academia, NGOs and other stakeholders, has developed the first global framework for logistics emissions accounting, incorporating existing methodologies and addressing the major gaps in logistics chain coverage.
Alan Lewis, GLEC director at the Smart Freight Centre (SFC), a global non-profit leading the GLEC, described the new framework as a “major international collaborative effort” and a “milestone for shippers, carriers and logistics service providers who have been waiting for a harmonised cross-modal calculation method”.
The GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies combines existing methods to “consistently” calculate emissions at a global level across all modes of transport such as road, rail, sea, air and transshipment. It also carries the World Resources Institute (WRI) Built on GHG Protocol mark, making it compatible with global carbon accounting standards. This framework can be used by shippers, carriers and logistic service providers.