Making environmental protection measurable Can a transport and logistics company still afford today not to think ecologically? CargoLine answered this question with a resounding no and in September 2011 decided on the cooperation-wide determination of greenhouse gas emissions (Network Carbon Footprint, NCF). Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Dirk Lohre, head of the Heilbronner Steinbeis forwarding and logistics advisory center, collects a greenhouse gas inventory according to ISO 14064 or the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG). The GHG inventory is to be validated by an independent certifier in the summer.
On this basis, the cooperation then develops a CO2e shipment table which is valid for the entire cooperation. A specially developed tool will enable CargoLine partners to use this table system-related, partner- or customer-specific by changing relevant values accordingly. The data determined in this way show the emissions actually caused by a shipment with specific weight and distance characteristics (Product Carbon Footprint, PCF). Are much more realistic than emissions data, where the corporate or network carbon footprint is distributed across the total number of shipments.
In order to map the actual emissions as precisely as possible and to take account of the heterogeneity of the partners in terms of handling technology, tonnage, regional structure, fleet size and composition, energy consumption and company size, CargoLine has also decided against the common practice of reducing emissions on the basis of theoretical reference values to investigate.
Instead, it decided to collect real values and divided them into three areas: transports, i.e. local transport as well as various main route variants including overhangs and special trips, administration in the system headquarters and in the partner companies, as well as stationary processes, i.e. transshipment in the hubs as well as in the Partner depots.
The association also takes account of the subcontractors' registration. The result is an extremely comprehensive, realistic and transparent investigation. Making improvements visible The survey instruments were initially developed, tested and optimized with 18 CargoLine reference companies and then rolled out across the entire network. The first goal is the validation according to ISO 14064 in summer 2012, followed by the publication of the shipment values according to DIN EN 16258 after their introduction at the end of 2012. In the following, the cooperation will use the values to make optimizations measurable.