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Geopost and a group of strategic e-merchants have partnered for several months to test the transport company’s new Carbon Calculator, a digital tool that supports shippers’ carbon management and reduction strategies.
After an initial phase of collaborative in-house development, Geopost and selected key customers have successfully tested the new Geopost Carbon Calculator, to precisely measure the carbon emissions of their deliveries in real time.
Geopost’s Carbon Calculator is accredited by Smart Freight Centre, and pioneers carbon reporting by providing greater visibility to shippers so they can better understand, report and reduce their carbon emissions.
The tool will be available to all Geopost’s customers in 2023, across the company’s 20 largest European business units.
The Carbon Calculator: an accredited digital tool for strategic decision-making
Built for and with Geopost’s customers, this powerful technology supports shippers’ carbon reduction strategies by enabling customers to analyze, in real time, report and ultimately reduce emissions over the long term.
Geopost’s Carbon Calculator provides a unique service to shippers looking to accurately track their carbon emissions, by using scan events to track each parcel as it moves through the Geopost network. This allows Geopost to provide its customers with emissions data specific to their shipments and real-time visibility on their scope 3 emissions.
Geopost’s Carbon Calculator is in methodological conformance with robust, international carbon accounting standards, notably the Global Logistics Emissions Council Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies (GLEC Framework). The tool is officially accredited by Smart Freight Centre and is authorized to provide carrier greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for freight and logistics.
The Carbon Calculator is already available in 10 business units (Chronopost, DPD France, DPD UK, DPD Belgium, DPD Poland, DPD Estonia, DPD Latvia, DPD Croatia, DPD Slovenia and DPD Switzerland) and Geopost will gradually roll it out to its shippers in the course of 2023, covering by the end of 2023 the company’s 20 largest business units in Europe
Commenting on this key announcement for the company, Jean-Claude Sonet, Executive Vice President, in charge of Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Geopost, says:
“At Geopost, we have proven since 2012 our expertise in innovating for sustainable outcomes by constantly improving how we quantify and report on carbon emissions to the benefit of our customers. I firmly believe that our Carbon Calculator is a perfect example of this. It is a pioneering tool, built in line with international carbon accounting standards, designed to help businesses meet the need for accurate, regular CO2 emissions reporting – all while helping them make more sustainable decision making in the long-term.”
Growing expectations from customers and consumers on sustainability
For both brands and final consumers, sustainability and transparency have become major expectations throughout the value chain. As Geopost’s “European e-shoppers” study shows, consumers are thinking more than ever about the impact of their purchases on their local communities and their social and environmental responsibility. 64% of regular e-shoppers are willing to go to a different website to find a more sustainable delivery option. Yet, the same study also reveals that e-shoppers largely feel that sustainability is the responsibility of brands and companies.
In this context, shippers need to measure carbon emissions across their transport networks so they can reduce emissions where it matters most. They require accurate scope 3 emissions data from their transport service providers to accurately consolidate, compare and reduce carbon emissions. In addition, they also need to provide reliable and transparent data to their consumers. Geopost, in line with its ambition to become the international reference in sustainable delivery, has developed, with the support of its Sustainability, Operations and IT teams, an industry-leading carbon quantification and reporting tool, the Carbon Calculator.
Sustainability at the core of Geopost strategy
As the largest parcel delivery network in Europe, the company has experienced strong and rapid growth in recent years. Since 2012, Geopost has been taking meaningful action to improve the environmental performance of its network:
The company has been carbon neutral since 2012 and compensates all its residual transport and buildings emissions.
The company is well on track to deliver to 350 cities in Europe (110 million Europeans) with 100% low-emission delivery means by 2025 – through 15,000 low-emission delivery vehicles, 6,700 charging points and 250 urban depots.
This will result in an 83% reduction of carbon emissions and a 95% reduction of air pollutants in targeted cities.
In addition, given the impact of air quality on people’s health, Geopost is partnering with Pollutrack to monitor air quality in 28 European cities.
In February 2023, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) formally approved Geopost’s 2040 net zero targets. The company will contribute to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C by accelerating its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction plan: drastically reduce its scope 1, 2, 3 GHG emissions by 43% by 2030 and by 90% by 2040 compared to 2020. The company will reach net zero in 2040 by neutralizing all residual emissions (around 10%) through robust carbon offset projects.
In September 2022, the company also announced it had joined the Climate Group’s EV100+ initiative as a founding member, committing to transition its fleet of vehicles over 7,5 tonnes to zero tailpipe emissions by 2040.
Ryder establishes Baton, a Ryder Technology Lab, based in Silicon Valley
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Ryder System, Inc., a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and fleet management solutions, announces the establishment of Baton, A Ryder Technology Lab, based in Silicon Valley. Baton’s mission is to pioneer a suite of groundbreaking customer-facing technologies designed to revolutionize how Ryder’s customers interact with their transportation and supply chain networks. These technologies will digitize and optimize networks at a level not currently available in the industry and will prepare Ryder for the coming artificial intelligence wave.
“The establishment of a Silicon Valley-based technology lab is a natural evolution for Ryder, as we build on the $1.3 billion in strategic investments we’ve made over the past five years to develop, acquire, and invest in innovative technologies, products, and services that help make our customers’ logistics networks more efficient and resilient,” says Karen Jones, CMO and head of new product development for Ryder. “To build on that success, it’s paramount we continue to invest in recruiting the brightest technology minds out there and provide them with a startup environment where they have the space and freedom to create, along with the resources of a $12 billion company.”
Leading Ryder’s innovation lab are Andrew Berberick and Nate Robert, co-chief product and technology officers for Ryder. The two founded San Francisco-based startup Baton, which was known for the development of a proprietary logistics technology focused on optimizing transportation networks. Ryder initially invested in Baton’s Series A funding round and then acquired the startup last year.
“What piqued our interest in Ryder then, and what keeps us excited today, is the fact that it’s the only fully integrated port-to-door logistics provider in North America managing the complex supply chains of many of the world’s biggest and best-known brands. That gives Ryder tremendous perspective and reach, and as engineers, it provides us with the unique opportunity to tackle some of the largest and most daunting problems in the industry today, while preparing Ryder and its customers for the coming AI wave,” says Berberick.
Baton’s first challenge is to create a first-of-its-kind, AI-powered digital platform and optimization engine that facilitates a new, integrated approach to managing transportation networks for customers where seasonality and fluctuating demand inhibit the continuous use of resources.
“There is a massive amount of waste when supply chains do not communicate. We believe we can change that and bring deep transformation to an entire sector,” says Robert. “That’s why we’re now actively recruiting talented technologists from some of Silicon Valley’s most respected technology firms to help solve some of the most complex problems plaguing the nearly $2.5 trillion North American transportation and logistics industry. We’re looking for engineers excited by the challenge and who want the autonomy and nimbleness of a startup environment but with the power, reach, and stability of a highly respected industry titan.”
Berberick holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University and worked for Google, Accenture, and Mindtribe; Robert holds a bachelor’s degree from MIT and master’s degree from Stanford University and worked for BuildZoom and Bain & Company, prior to cofounding Baton. Other key members of the Baton technology lab bring experience from Apple, Meta, OpenAI, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tesla, Loadsmart, Kinema Systems (acquired by Boston Dynamics), PlayStation, Zynga, and LinkedIn.
Rail freight on track for record volumes at APM Terminals
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Rail is acknowledged as the most fuel-efficient way to move freight over land, with a gallon of fuel stretching an average of 500 miles, according to the Association of American Railroads. In July this year the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) endorsed the push for freight railroads, stating that the transport mode can play a key role in the solution to climate change.
That assessment is something that APM Terminals has been fully on board with for some time. We’re committed to raising the standards of responsibility by offering low or zero carbon solutions for customers and consumers through our decarbonisation efforts and increasing rail transport options.
Record loads in India
Take for example APM Terminals Pipavav, which has taken nearly 50,000 containers off the road to substantially reduce traffic congestion and pollution. Just last month the port handled 206 trains – the highest number this year so far, pulling significantly ahead of its previous loading record of 157 double stack trains in a month in 2020.
Carbon-conscious in the US
Pipavav is not an exception. A few months ago, our operations in Mobile Alabama announced a bumper $60 million rail expansion in response to demand from increasingly carbon-conscious customers.
According to EPA data, freight railroads account for just 0.5% of total US emissions and only 1.7% of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Added to this, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) states: “Moving freight by rail instead of truck lowers GHG emissions by up to 75%, on average”.
Sustainability with speed
The benefits of rail extend even beyond important net zero targets, as APM Terminals Americas Head, Leo Huisman acknowledges: “Our customers are looking for expanded options for their supply chains so we are focusing on faster connections to rail providers into inland markets.” The APM Terminals Mobile rail facility will therefore enable faster rail loading and departures.
Eyes trained on the future
Customer demand for sustainable and fast transport in the US and India is mirrored in Europe, where our colleague Homam Mansour is keeping his sights on the future of intermodal transport in his role as Rail Planner in our Gothenburg terminal, Sweden. Under his watch, Gothenburg has set an ambition to never refuse extra trains. Says Mansour: “We kept this promise throughout 2022, receiving and handling 84 extra trains requested by our customers at short notice”.
The commitment to rail has seen the volume of containers transported by rail via APM Terminals Gothenburg increase by 13% this year compared to 2021. More than 55% of all goods now reach the port by rail.
At APM Terminals globally, we train our sights on customer-focused, environment-friendly, and speedy supply chain solutions, and those priorities will continue to gain momentum.
Hapag-Lloyd partners with DB Schenker to decarbonise supply chains
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Hapag-Lloyd has entered into a partnership with DB Schenker for the purpose of decarbonising supply chains. Following the launch of “Ship Green” in May, the renowned logistics provider has selected Hapag-Lloyd’s sustainable transport solution as part of its sustainability initiatives.
DB Schenker and Hapag-Lloyd have signed an agreement for emission-reduced container transports with a waste- and residue-based biofuel. By end of 2023, DB Schenker plans to claim approximately 3,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions avoidance. This is based on at least 1,000 tonnes of pure biofuel.
“We are excited about this new partnership with DB Schenker as we share the common goal of making logistics more sustainable. Collaborations like these set a clear signal in the industry and are another example of a step-by-step approach to further decarbonise supply chains”, said Henrik Schilling, Managing Director Global Commercial Development at Hapag-Lloyd.
“I am very pleased that together with Hapag-Lloyd we are setting another example for sustainability in our industry. This partnership further enlarges our global biofuel offer in ocean freight. With this commitment we are one step closer to our goal of becoming carbon-neutral”, said Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight at DB Schenker.
Hapag-Lloyd has launched the Ship Green product to offer its customers emission-reduced ocean transports. Based on biofuel, customers of Hapag-Lloyd can add Ship Green as an additional service to their existing bookings – thereby avoiding CO2e emissions. Using the so-called “Book & Claim” chain of custody, Hapag-Lloyd can attribute avoided emissions to all ocean-leg transports, regardless of the vessel and route used. Ship Green is available for all shipments containing standard, hardtop or tank equipment. By offering Ship Green, Hapag-Lloyd is continuing along its path towards achieving climate-neutral fleet operations by 2045.