Reducing emissions across the whole supply chain

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) says the new International Workshop Agreement (IWA 16) is a major step forward in achieving joined up thinking across the whole logistics support chain, including at ports and terminals.

IWA 16 defines a framework for a future standard method to quantify CO2 emissions from freight transport including a gap analysis identifying where standardisation can be achieved on intermodal levels including transhipment centres and warehouses.

The agreement intends to build on currently existing standards in the industry and use stakeholder perspective. In this way, it plans to provide a practical foundation for the development of a global standard for an emissions calculator in freight transport chains.

Alan Lewis, director of the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC), which was heavily involved in IWA 16, told Port Strategy that the agreement offers an opportunity for the whole industry to work together to develop a universal framework by which GHG emissions can be calculated on a global basis.

“There is an EU standard already in place (EN16 258) which is a very useful starting point, but this has four different levels of detail at which calculation can be made and this needs simplification,” he told PS.

To this end, GLEC is working with major logistics providers and bodies such as IATA, Clecat, the Clean Cargo Working Group and Green Freight Europe and Asia, and is looking to work more closely with ports and terminals on their own requirements for efficiency going forward. “We are looking to organise a roundtable discussion between ports and terminals and the whole logistics supply chain to work out how we best move forward together.

Many ports are already environmental stewards but there is no common basis by which they can know how their competition is performing when it comes to CO2 emissions or how this fits within the full supply chain,” Mr Lewis added.

GLEC has now opened a consultation on its future framework which is open to all stakeholders and companies in the freight/logistics industry.

Source: Port Strategy