CO2 reduction programs support participants in reducing emissions. At their core, these programs provide a neutral platform for collecting and exchanging knowledge, data and best practices for CO2 reduction in logistics and transportation.
In addition, many programs have a role in setting concrete goals per sector, and giving recognition to participants for achieving these goals.
The exact activities differ between programs based on their area of focus. Measuring is knowing, and then you can make targeted improvements.
Many companies that have started Carbon Footprinting and have mastered that process become curious about their relative performance, “Where are we relative to competitors, can we learn something from that?”.
Often even among practitioners there are ideas that it can be smarter and cheaper if you collaborate on certain points where you don’t compete, take the collection of packaging. But it is not easy to substantiate common sense with figures, because then you also need the figures of the competitor.
Industry associations like to show the public and the government that their sector is really doing its best to reduce emissions. To do this, you need substantiated figures.
Community benchmarking is an approach that provides practical answers to all these questions.
Carbon Footprinting of a network
For both the logistics manager and the CFO of a company, it is very interesting to make a good carbon footprint of their supply chain, at least for the part they make the decisions about.
But how does a logistics manager create a footprint of the entire chain, which includes both collection and distribution, dozens of service providers are engaged, with each service provider sometimes hiring charters?
So what do you ask the service providers for data, and how difficult or easy or threatening is that for those service providers? What do you do with charters that little is known about?
The Topsector Logistiek asked TNO to develop knowledge and tools to provide this information. This has led to a collection of tools, databases and expertise, which together are called Decamod. Decamod contains a CO2 accounting model with which the effect of measures for CO2 reductions in logistics can be calculated.
With Decamod, so-called ‘what-if’ analyses can be performed to provide insight into the effects of various sustainability scenarios. Three analyses are available: construction logistics, zero-emission zones and modal shift.