So, you’re a large Retailer, Manufacturer or Resources company that moves a lot of freight and has publicly committed to reduce emissions in your value chain.
Targets are a critical first step that precedes the real challenge: to measure, control and improve the impact of your transport activities on the environment and human health.
It’s a daunting task to measure the environmental impacts of your global multimodal transport activities, with all shapes and sizes of trucks, vans, trains, planes, ships and warehouses, sometimes dedicated to your products and often shared with others.
“Back of the envelope” calculations are a start, and Australian and New Zealand corporations are beginning to include unaudited estimates of scope 3 transport emissions in their annual reports.
What’s next? How can you produce meaningful metrics that inform decisions to reduce your impacts and demonstrate progress through public disclosures to your customers, investors, employees, neighbours and community stakeholders?
You could ask logistics partners to report your portion of their emissions and aggregate them all to establish your transport footprint. Can you trust that information? How do you act on it to reduce greenhouse gases as well as the real costs to society of air pollution, congestion, noise, accidents and other negative externalities of transporting your products and inputs?
It’s also a bold challenge the community expects the big players to take responsibility for, as only large freight customers have the power to control the volume of their product flows and how they organise inbound and outbound transport, as well as the critical position of influence over logistics contractors, to ratchet down emissions systematically, network-wide.
Such a big task needs time, resources, strategy, specialist skills and knowledge to drive adoption of best practices and technologies internally in your logistics operations and externally with suppliers.
There are various greenhouse gas calculators that can assist, which use default values to give approximate calculations but with no room to monitor improvement.
For an easier, faster and more effective solution there’s TK’Blue, the labelling and rating agency of multimodal freight transport that offers:
- precise integrity of performance measures and CSR disclosures
- collaborative SaaS platform for shippers, forwarders and carriers to drive improvement
- integration to BI dashboards for continuous environmental and social cost analysis
Let’s compare the two approaches:
What’s the cost, time and effort involved in doing it yourself? Is it core business? Why not use a trusted specialist advisor with proven success helping European majors operating globally, with 100+ customers, 10,000+ vehicles and 1+ billion freight flows processed?
The TK’Blue solution gives large Retailers, Manufacturers and Resources companies a way to accurately measure and report the environmental and social cost footprint of their logistics networks and drive improvement with their freight partners, ensuring ongoing quality and cost improvements and efficient operation of carrier fleets.