Smart Freight Centre, Worldwide

Our programme supports the creation of Smart Freight Centre's new project portfolio to promote a more efficient and low-emission global freight sector

The transport sector is the bedrock of world economic growth. Yet, as the need to move goods and people around the planet will increase exponentially in the near future, the sector poses urgent environmental challenges that need to be addressed by the public and private global agendas.

Experts predict that international freight volumes will triplicate by 2050, with the consequent increase of C02 emissions up to 60%.  If the ambition is to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal to limit global warming, the transport sector needs a drastic and transformative decarbonisation shift.

Smart Freight Centre (SFC), a mission-driven organisation dedicated to a more efficient and low-emissions global freight sector, is addressing the issue though an initiative that engages the private sector in the front line. Global multinational corporations are the main drivers of freight transport demand, and therefore their commitment is key to improve the sustainability of the transport sector.

SFC understood that one of the first barriers that prevented businesses from reducing emissions from freight was the lack of harmonised guidelines for measuring and comparing emissions impacts in supply chains. Hence, SFC in collaboration with leading companies, associations, industry programmes and experts, formed the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework, a globally recognised and standardised method for calculating and reporting emissions across all modes of transports in logistics (road, railway, marine and air transportation).

GLEC Framework helped made significant progresses, but more work and long-term commitment from the private sector is needed to drive systemic change. This is why the Trafigura Foundation is backing SFC’s new project portfolio, including the upgrade of the GLEC Framework as an ISO norm, the development of procurement tools, science-based target setting, sustainable logistics roadmap, and bulk shipping guidelines.

The objective of this initiative is to effectively engage multinationals that are global freight customers, along with their logistics partners and relevant organizations, to reduce their carbon footprint. Those companies that will adhere to the programme will be recognised as “SFC's Members” that are committed to calculate and report logistics emissions, take action to reduce their carbon footprint, contribute to further develop and test guidelines and advocate for sector-wide adoption.

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