Consultancy company BearingPoint has released a Logistics Emissions Calculator (LogEC) that helps companies calculate and analyse their carbon footprint, as well as manage initiatives to reduce their emission levels.
Since January, air traffic in Europe is subject to emissions trading.
The European standard prEN 16258 for calculating carbon emissions in transport services will come into force this year.
In France, it will be obligatory for companies to deliver carbon emission data for each journey from July 1, 2013, onwards.
BearingPoint believes that 60% of European businesses haven’t taken any action yet regarding the measurement of their carbon footprint.
The LogEC software allows companies to calculate and analyse the effects of every shipment to understand the potential to optimise the delivery. It could, for example, work out which routes or with which type of freight emissions could be minimised and then track the impact. As well as carbon calculations for completed transport routes, the software can also simulate transport scenarios or reduction targets.
The software is most accurate using detailed business data, but any data gaps can be closed using standard values from official databases, for example from the Handbook Emission Factors for Road Transport. The greenhouse gas emissions of transportation by train, ship, plane or truck can be calculated.
Another example of a consultancy company releasing a carbon counting solution aimed at its customers. They are often initially developed to help with engagements with clients.
A cynic has to wonder about software provided by consultancies, though. If it’s easy-to-use and does the job, you wouldn’t need the consultancy company any more. I’m sure BearingPoint would argue otherwise.