A new carbon calculator has launched by freight forwarding company Flexport to help businesses assess up to 100% of their carbon footprint for shipments.
The Carbon Calculator API tool is certified by the Global Logistics Emission Council (GLEC) Framework, and is freely available through the Flexport digital platform, whether or not a businesses uses the company for shipping.
“Carbon emissions from logistics can account for 30% to over 50% of a company’s total carbon footprint,” says Flexport. “Before companies can take action to reduce their emissions, though, they need to understand how much carbon output they’re responsible for. Yet, many shippers find it difficult to access that information. Some capture the information by poring over hundreds of spreadsheets; others have paid over $40,000 for just a year’s worth of data; and still others don’t have the capacity, infrastructure, or time to even approach the measurement problem.”
Through the new tool, companies can calculate their logistics-based carbon emissions using the same digital platform used by Flexport customers and suppliers. For shipments handled outside of Flexport, companies can submit third-party shipment data via a public calculator API—or submit Excel or .CSV files that will be analysed by the Flexport.org team.
“Traditionally, one of the challenges with emissions calculations has been that companies, providers, and partners calculate greenhouse gas emissions in different ways,” the company says. “However, the Carbon Calculator API’s GLEC certification assures users that their emissions are calculated from a global standard—which aligns with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, UN-led Green Freight Action Plan, and CDP reporting. This lets users make real comparisons to learn their total carbon footprint.”
Once emissions are known, customers can choose to work directly with Flexport to find ways to mitigate their environmental impact through a new partnership with sustainable shipping initiative GoodShipping.
For emissions that can’t be reduced, Flexport offers a carbon offset programme with Carbonfund.org Foundation. To date, Flexport.org has helped organisations offset more than 82,700 metric tonnes of CO2e.