The green footprint of CargoLine
Making environmental protection measurable
On this basis the network subsequently developed a CO2e shipment table which applies to the entire network. A specially developed tool allows the CargoLine partners to use this table as a CO2 shipment calculator for the entire network, individual members of the network or individual customers, for example by modifying specific, relevant values. The data thus acquired tells us the emissions a shipment of a specific weight and for a specific distance actually causes (product carbon footprint, PCF). This is considerably more realistic than information about emissions where the corporate or network carbon footprint is spread across the total number of shipments yielding an average value.
Greatest possible transparency
To show the actual emissions as accurately as possible and taking the heterogeneity of the partners into account in terms of cargo handling method, tonnage, structure of the area served, fleet size and composition, energy consumption and company size, CargoLine furthermore decided to break with the conventional practice of assessing emissions on the basis of theoretical reference values. Instead, it decided to collect actual data and subdivided it into three areas: transports (in other words local deliveries plus various line-haul alternatives including surpluses and special deliveries), administration in the system headquarters and in the partner companies, plus stationary processes, i.e. freight handling in the hubs as well as the partner terminals. Here the network also considers the data collection of the subcontractors. The result is an extremely comprehensive, realistic and transparent assessment.