Transporeon launches Carbon Visibility Beta version: A breakthrough in GHG footprint calculation across supply chains

Transporeon, Europe’s leading Transport Management Platform, has launched the Beta version of its Carbon Visibility dashboard designed to help shippers and carriers precisely, transparently and efficiently measure and benchmark their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from transports. The methodology is fully compliant with the GLEC (Global Logistics Emissions Council) framework, the highest and latest standard for the calculation of GHG within logistics.

The demand for accurate, uncomplicated, and transparent emissions measurement is growing rapidly. Companies increasingly don’t want to or even cannot wait until 2023, when sustainable reporting will become compulsory following the CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive). The CSRD will apply to companies with 250 or more employees, some 55,000 in total. Furthermore, in 2026, the European Union’s climate policy “Fit for 55” will apply carbon trading to the transport sector.

With the Transporeon Carbon Visibility dashboard, companies will be able to predict and optimize their emissions long before the new regulations come into effect. Both shippers and service providers can report the same GHG emissions for the same transports. Transporeon´s Carbon Visibility is the first solution to include real-time and primary data. This is an important differentiator, since it allows users to remove default values and limit the reported emissions to the actual figures.

The Alpha version of Carbon Visibility was launched in December 2021 as the result of Transporeon’s technology incubator, Transporeon4Future, which was established to foster innovations in sustainability. The Beta version incorporates all the feedback from the previous iteration and includes serveral key enhancements:

– All transports within the Transporoen network are now visible;
– The new upload feature allows calculations of transports outside the Transporeon network;
– Improved dashboards for reporting – designed in collaboration with users;
– Easy access over the panel;
– Integration of Real-Time Visibility and primary data driven calculations.

Stephan Sieber, CEO of Transporeon, said: “We are happy to have reached one more milestone on the journey towards the release of the most innovative real-time Carbon Visibility solution, which is promising to become the gold standard in GHG emissions calculating. We are thankful to our customers who agreed to validate the product during the Alpha and Beta phases.”

Chris Daly, Chief Sustainability Officer at PepsiCo Europe, says: “Technology will be a key accelerator of our PepsiCo Positive agenda and help us get real visibility on our greenhouse gas footprint, a crucial step in our journey to become net zero by 2040. By partnering with digital platforms such as Transporeon, we hope to pinpoint and identify emission reduction opportunities within our distribution network. This may unlock the potential for increased efficiency and agility in our operations, as we transform towards a greener value chain.”

Petra Lippertova, Head of Logistics Operations – Group Procurement at DS Smith, says: “At DS Smith, Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. Decarbonization is one of our focus areas, and we are always looking for new tools with which to measure and reduce our carbon footprint, and at Group Logistics we have a particular focus on scope-3 emissions. In support of our work in this area, we are glad to partner with Transporeon and look forward to using Carbon Visibility BETA from April onwards to measure and assess our progress. We know that this is an important topic for many of our stakeholders and customers, including investors, shareholders, industry groups and non-governmental organisations. Our ambition is to meet the requirements of all external stakeholders, add value to our commercial proposition and ultimately delight our customers, and this partnership is just one way in which we are investing in this ambition.”

Precise and standardized GHG emissions measurement is a big challenge in the logistics sector because of highly fragmented data sources, a high effort for granular reports, and incoherent data sets and availability. Carbon Visibility simplifies and standardizes this process. By measuring its bottom-up scope 1 emissions from transports, carriers can improve the accuracy of the scope 3 transport emissions of shippers. Carbon Visibility allows emissions to be calculated across all transport modes (road, rail, air, sea, and intermodal) on a global scale, involving all stakeholders. Through real time visibility provider Sixfold, more accurate data input is provided for the calculation.

Carbon Visibility will help users in four key ways:
1. Automated measurement of Scope 3 emissions fully compliant with the GLEC framework;
2. Benchmarking based on the most accurate data;
3. Reduction of GHG emissions based on data-driven recommendations;
4. Reporting to authorities and customers.

Besides calculating and reducing their Carbon footprint, shippers can: reduce their effort and cost of inputting, optimize their transport networks and increase transparency. Carriers can proactively manage their CO2 and better position themselves towards potential customers (Green business opportunities). In particular, Carbon Visibility provides transparency into those carriers that invest in their decarbonization efforts.

In total, 100 Transporeon customers (shippers, carriers, and LSPs) will get access to the Beta version of Carbon Visibility. The final version of the tool will be guided by their feedback. Companies including PepsiCo, Sipro, Trane, Evonik, Rewe, and DS Smith have signed up to help validate the Beta version. The release of the final solution is planned for Summer 2022. It will be available to all Transporeon customers.

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