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GLEC Framework

Universal and transparent logistics emissions calculations across the global multi-modal supply chain

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The GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies combines existing methods for comparing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) into one framework. It enables a company to understand its carbon footprint alongside cost and time to decide the best way to transport its goods.

The GLEC Framework builds on existing methodologies such as CEN 16258, Clean Cargo Working Group, IATA RP 1678 and SmartWay, as well as outputs from the EU funded project COFRET and the US National Cooperative Freight Research Program. The GLEC Framework version 1.0 is backed by industry and other key stakeholders and was launched in June 2016.

The GLEC Framework:

  • Can be implemented by shippers, carriers and logistics service providers
  • Covers all modes of transport and transhipment centres across the global logistics supply chain
  • Combines existing standards and methodologies
  • Built on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Mark

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