Air Cargo Management

Insightful freight emissions calculator launched for freight forwarders


A free-to-use open-access freight emissions calculator has been launched by Pledge, a climate-tech company specialising in technology for freight forwarders.

The calculator offers certified calculations, providing freight forwarders with insights on supporting customers in meeting emissions compliance regulations.

Pledge’s Clarity™ feature is a key component of the calculator, promoting transparency by providing a comprehensive breakdown of emissions calculated at each stage of a shipment’s journey, based on the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) methodology.

David de Picciotto, co-founder and chief executive of Pledge, said: “With rising consumer concerns about corporate greenwashing and the EU’s proposed Green Claims Directive, businesses are demanding better emissions transparency and visibility in their supply chains.

“We built our freight emissions calculator to show freight forwarders how our platform can deliver value for their supply chain customers in minutes.”

Pledge state that the calculator is easy for freight forwarders to use and only requires freight origin, destination, and shipment weight to begin calculations.

Additional data points such as vessel numbers, carrier codes, and flight numbers can also be stated which will help to improve routing and accurately calculating subsequent emissions.

Pledge is accredited by the Smart Freight Centre (SFC) as compliant with the GLEC Framework for global coverage of air, sea, road, rail, inland waterways, and logistics hubs.

Picciotto added: “The UK and the EU are starting to mandate the reporting of supply chain emissions, meaning there will be pressure on shippers to calculate and report their emissions in the near future.

“Our freight emissions calculator shows freight forwarders how Pledge can help them get ahead of the curve by offering accredited emissions reporting to shippers and other supply chain partners who will be required to meet these regulations.”

Freight emissions calculator
The freight emissions calculator

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