17 April 2013

CLECAT publishes Guide on Calculating GHG emissions for Freight Forwarding and Logistics Services

CLECAT has published today a guide entitled ‘Calculating GHG emissions for freight forwarders and logistics services'. The guide is a practical tool for freight forwarders and logistics service providers that seek to make use of the recently published CEN standard(1) in order to determine their environmental footprint and seek ways to reduce it.

Anyone with experience in the measuring of the carbon footprint of logistics knows that this can be complicated, not the least because up to now there has been no standard way of doing it.  CLECAT is convinced that this standardised calculation methodology will benefit industry, facilitate communication on the results and enable comparisons of energy consumptions and GHG emissions of different transport operations realised by companies.

Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General of CLECAT said: “The CEN standard provides for a common approach and framework for the calculation and declaration of energy consumption and emissions for transport services irrespective of the level of complexity. However, the standard remains complex and theoretical. We are therefore pleased to support our members with implementation guidelines providing further operational details.”

“Companies are increasingly seeking to reduce their footprint.  Only with a uniform standard can industry understand how and where the optimum emission savings can be made in their supply chains. However, simply measuring emissions is not an end in itself. As in every other sector, the calculation of GHG emissions in goods transport and logistics is the first step to understanding and subsequently reducing emissions.  Also, we hope that Member States and in particular France who has been in the driving seat at European level for a standard, and the first to make the measuring of emissions in transport mandatory, will bring the values included in its legislation in line with the European standard.” 

CLECAT thanks the DSLV for the opportunity to publish the updated English version of the guidelines for its Members and other interested parties.

Note for the editor:
(1) CEN standard EN 16258, covering a "Methodology for calculation and declaration of energy consumption and GHG emissions of transport services” was published in January 2013.

For more information please contact:

Nicolette van der Jagt
Director General CLECAT

Tel + 32 2 5034705