Updated Methodology

While you are wondering how to clean your transport, we are thinking of better possibilities that help you evaluate the pollution. This summer, it is time for some changes: We have updated the methodology, we modernised the GIS-data layer for postal codes and we enhanced the Business Solution, our service for professional users.

You can benefit from these updates since July 2016:

Update sea ship methodology
The update was necessary to adapt to the huge changes that were made in the sea shipping industry within the last years. Additionally, we enlarged the selection of ship types and included the ship types RoRo oversea, RoRo short sea, Ultra large container vessel and two RoRo ferries. Due to the integration of bigger ship types, the update of the ship classification per trade lane and a slower speed on all trade lanes, the emissions could be decreased by up to eighty percent compared to the previous version.

New inland waterway vessel methodology

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New inland waterway vessel methodology
You can benefit from a new inland waterway methodology that our scientific partners INFRAS and ifeu included. Based on the newest studies and sources, ETW classifies the inland waterway vessels into three types of ships (always as bulk and container carrier):
–      Euro ship
–      Great engine vessel
–      Jowi class
The new Jowi class ships have the lowest emission factors as they have the highest capacity. Overall, the emissions for inland waterway vessels should decrease due to the update.

Update of the electricity mixes
It is important to know the correct electricity mix for the calculation of the energy consumption and emission data. As it is different from country to country, we have decided to implement the national country electricity mixes. This is a big step towards more reliable and comparable calculation results. The year 2013 was used as the base for these values.

Update of the exhaust emissions
The update of the fuel conversion factors for the exhaust emissions, e.g. NOx, NMHC, Particles and SO2, was done on the basis of new factors, which are now more in line with the EN16258.

New GIS-Data layer for Postal Codes
We now provide more than 6,1 million postal codes and can therefore offer a much better world-wide coverage due to our new layer.

Enhancements within the Business Solution

Also the Business Solution were enriched with new enhancements, like new emission factors (year 2015) for sea container calculations with the methodology of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG). The new CCWG emission factors of the year 2015 decreasing the EC and GHG emissions in average by 5-10 percent.
EcoTransIT World additional provides now a factor for operational surcharge of 15 percent, like it was required recently within the CCWG methodology.

For more information regarding the new methodologies please refer our new methodology report, which can found now in a short and detailed version here.

4th EWI Stakeholder Workshop 18th Nov Gothenburg

On the 18th of November of 2015 the EcoTransIT Initiative invited to its 4th EcoTransIT World stakeholder workshop at Gothenburg in Sweden.

About 40 participants from all parts of the sector – logistics companies, shippers, forwarders, air, ocean and land carriers, scientific and non-governmental organisations – attended the conference. Beside the presentation of the EcoTransIT World Initiative and its broadly used emission calculator EcoTransIT World, experts of different organizations discussed current industry driven initiatives such as GLEC (Global Logistics Emission Council) or CCWG (Clean Cargo Working Group) and the need of a harmonized calculation model.

Among the speakers Alan McKinnon (Kuehne University) and Rachel Muncrief (Climate and Clean Air Coalition) gave an overview of developments in the transport industry which aim at emission reduction and significant contributions to climate protection.

The afternoon break-out sessions allowed in-depth discussions on emission methodologies and tool requirements. The workshop participants, subject matter experts from the transport and environmental industry, created a lively atmosphere with interesting talks and contributions.

PDF: Agenda of the workshop.

Speakers’ Presentations:

Keynote speaks
Ralph Anthes: EcoTransIT World Initiative introduction
Dr. Alan Lewis: Global harmonization of emission calculation
Rachel Muncrief: The Global Green Freight Action Plan
Prof. Alan McKinnon: External factors to facilitate companies to move to low carbon transports

View from EcoTransIT World Users
Joakim Stoppenbach: Greencarrier (Sweden)
Cecile Bray/ Alexander Höglund: Geodis
Michael Blake: Cloud Global Logistics (Australia)

Workshop Sessions
Ralph Anthes: ETW Business solution options
Erika Sagert: Container shipping methodology (CCWG)

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EWI and NTM into cooperation

EcoTransIT World Initiative (EWI) and Network for Transport Measures (NTM) have entered into a cooperation to create synergies in their methodological expertise on carbon accounting in the transport industry.

The top providers worldwide for transport emission calculation NTM (Network for Transport Measures) and EWI (EcoTransIT World Initiative) have entered into a cooperation with effect of August 12, 2014.

By this step the two initiatives exchange their decades of expertise and help industry and standardization bodies (CEN/ISO) to agree on a globally accepted standard in transport emission calculation.

“This new cooperation is a huge step forward for the benefit of the users of both approaches”, says EcoTransIT World tool provider Dr Alfons Radtke. As the tools play a leading role also because of their long-standing implementation and status in the market, synergies are to be expected.

“Ever since our start we have had a focus to help and stimulate environmental improvements for various transport services. One of our initiatives has been to provide environmental performance assessment platforms and tools, aiming to simplify a common communicative language between shippers and transport service providers. By this cooperation we pursue further market alignment that is needed for real environmental improvement”, says Magnus Swahn, Management Director at NTM.

Hannover and Stockholm,
August 12, 2014

Cooperation with System Alliance Europe

The EcoTransIT World Initiative (EWI) has started a cooperation with System Alliance Europe (SAE) and its partners.

Through the cooperation System Alliance Europe can not only offer its partners carbon dioxide calculation on the basis of individual calculation parameters for road transports. Also rail, air and sea shipments can be calculated reliably.

For the requirements of every partner company of System Alliance Europe, a custom-made interface is provided. This way, a company database can efficiently be filled with all relevant information for the preparation of specific environmental statements, regional pollution and reports about emissions.

‘With our membership in the EWI we can optimize the calculation methods for environmental emissions. With this active collaboration we emphasize the importance of a sustainable transport.’ says Uwe Meyer, managing director of System Alliance Europe.

Ralph Anthes, project manager at EWI: ‘With this cooperation we offer the partners of System Alliance Europe an opportunity to use the generally accepted calculation model according to DIN EN 16258 of EWI. Furthermore, we increase our degree of popularity through these new users as well as the acceptance of our results.‘

The EcoTransIT Initiative is an independent industry driven platform for carriers, logistics service providers and shippers. The goal is the development and maintenance of a global tool and methodology for carbon foot printing and environmental impact assessments in the transport sector. EWI also aims at cooperating with research institutes, nongovernmental organizations and other logistics sector initiatives.

3rd EcoTransIT Stakeholder Workshop in Paris

Le 3ème forum EcotransIT World s’est tenu mercredi 3 avril à Paris au siège de SNCF. Au cours de cette matinée, des experts, des membres de l’initiative EcoTransIT World et des utilisateurs de l’outil de calcul se sont exprimés afin de rappeler les enjeux carbone du transport de marchandises et de partager les atouts et les fonctionnalités de la solution EcoTransIT World. En guise de contexte: The third EcoTransIT World Forum was held on Wednesday 3 April in Paris. Over the course of the morning event, experts, members of the EcoTransIT initiative and users of the calculaton tool spoke to remind carbon freight issues and share the benefits and features of EcoTransIT World solution.The background:
Jean-Michel Genestier, Directeur général adjoint SNCF GEODIS, Directeur de l’offre Intermodale, Transport Combiné et Autoroutes Ferroviaires a rappelé la genèse d’EcoTransIT et l’engagement permanent de SNCF-Geodis en faveur du développement durable et d’un transport plus respectueux de l’environnement, Jean Michel Genestier, SNCF Geodis Deputy Chief Executive, Intermodal, Combined and Rail motorway Chief Strategy, reminded the EcoTransIT history and continuous involvement of SNCF Geodis for sustainable development and eco-friendly logistic solutions.
Hélène Le Teno, du cabinet Carbone 4 a rappelé les enjeux de la maîtrise des émissions de CO2 dans le secteur du transport, qui représente environ un quart des émissions mondiales, dont 10% pour le transport de marchandises, Hélène Le Teno, Carbon 4 Consultancy, pointed out the challenges of controlling CO2 emissions in the transport sectorm which accounts for about a quarter of gloabal emissions and 10% for freight only.
Pascal Chambon, directeur général des transports du Ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement Durable et de l’Energie a ensuite exposé l’ambition et le périmètre de la loi française qui rend obligatoire à compter du 1er octobre 2013 l’information CO2 sur les prestations de transport. Pascal Chambon, Director General at Transport of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy services as from October 1, 2012.
Les attentes des chargeurs ont été exprimées à travers le témoignage de Jean Oberlé, Global Supply Chain, VP Transport de Schneider Electric. Expectations of shippers were addressed by Jean Oberlé, Global Supply Chain, VP Transportat Schneider Electric.
Les représentants de l’initiative qui a conçu et développé EcotransIT World, ont ensuite présenté l’outil et ses applications opérationnelles concrètes, la valeur ajoutée qu’il représente et les réponses qu’il apporte aux transporteurs multimodaux. Representatives of EcoTransIT World Initiative which design and developed the tool presented its real-life operational applications, the value-added and solutions it provides to multie-modal transport comapanies.
Alexandre Vallès d’itnovem, a présenté les atouts de l’outil et les différentes façons de l’utiliser, Alexandre Vallès, from itnovem, presented the methodology and different ways to use the tool,
Claire Gentil, responsable du développement durable de Fret SNCF, Claire Gentil, head of sustainable development at Fret SNCF,
Erika Sagert, directrice du développement durable de Hapag-Lloyd et Erika Sagert, Manager of Sustainability Management at Hapag-Lloyd,
Geneviève Bedin, directrice RSE de Geodis, sont également apporté leur témoignage en tant qu’utilisatrices de la solution EcoTransIT World. Geneviève Bedin, CSR director at Geodis, gave feedbacks from their experiences as EcoTransIT World users.
La matinée fut conclue par Jérôme Orsel, Responsable développement durable de Schenker France. The morning came to an end with a talk by Jérôme Orsel, head of sustainable development at the DB Schenker group.

Presentations

Press Release

PR: Information on 3nd Stakeholder EcotransIT Workshop

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Infras new scientific partner of EcoTransIT World

Logo InfrasAs from November 1st 2012 the Swiss research and consulting group Infras AG will give advice and scientific support to EcoTransIT World. Infras will validate data and methodology of sea, inland water and air transport as used for the calculator and adjust it to the new standard EN 16258. It will share the work with Ifeu (Germany) that has been backing the methodological approach of land and rail transport from the very beginning. IVE (Germany) will continue to provide the routing features and all IT services including the customized EcoTransIT World ‘Business Solutions’.

This step is part of the new internalization strategy of EcoTransIT aimed at involving new countries and all modes in our network and jointly harmonizing carbon accounting and environmental impact assessment methodologies. Before, the German Institute for Applied Sciences (Öko-Institut) advised EcoTransIT in methodological issues of sea, inland water and air transport. But their sea ship expert left the company and EcoTransIT was urged to find a suitable scientific successor.

Infras has a track record of over 35 years providing services in the fields of societal, economic, and environmental issues for business and public sector decision makers. It is an independent, private enterprise.

Main focus of its transport and environment section is the development of concepts and strategies for sustainable mobility at national and international level. INFRAS has been substantially involved in the development of the “Handbook on Emission Factors for Road Transport (HBEFA)” and the European standard EN 16258 “Methodology for calculation and declaration of energy consumption and GHG emissions of transport services”.

2nd EcoTransIT World Stakeholder Workshop 18 April at Hapag-Lloyd HQ

The EcoTransIT consortium presented new Business Solutions of its multimodal emissions calculator and welcomed Hapag-Lloyd and Gebrueder Weiss as new partners.

Hosted by Hapag-Lloyd, the latest member of the consortium, the 2nd EcoTransIT World stakeholder workshop took place in Hamburg on April 18, 2012.

68 attendees from different business sectors, shippers, carriers and logistics service providers, discussed methodological and business approaches to calculate greenhouse gas emissions in the transport industry. Key note speeches of EU Commission DG Move and World Economic Forum (WEF) contributed the political and business perspective to this discussion. The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) explained the basic requirements of the upcoming European standard prEN 16258 on transport emission calculation to be executed by the end of 2012.

With contributions of the three industry initiatives Green Freight Europe (GFE), Clean Cargo Working group (CCWG) and NTM the workshop opened the floor to a new platform of networking and exchanging experience – a platform across companies and modes searching for alignment of data and methodologies.

All together there was a unanimous spirit to acknowledge recent tool developments and alignment efforts thereto by all industry stakeholders. Namely the examples of company-customized use of EcoTransIT Business Solutions, as presented by the latest EcoTransIT consortium members Hapag-Lloyd and Gebrueder Weiss, were appreciated a lot. Thus the workshop was a strong signal to the whole sector to join in this process, make use of available solutions and actively contribute with own experience to the further alignment process.

Presentations

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Press Release

PR: Information on 2nd Stakeholder EcotransIT Workshop

EcoTransIT World – Winner of 11th Logistics Innovations Awards

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On 30th March of 2011, the online calculator EcoTransIT World received the 11th Logistics Innovations Awards during the International Trade Show Logistics Solutions in Paris. EcoTransIT has been selected among 12 projects entered for the competition under the category “Most innovative transport and logistics solution supporting sustainability”.

The jury, composed of eight experts from the supply chain management and sustainable development sectors, appreciated the innovative tool as well as its organization:

  • Innovative product: The free online access to the tool and specific features to realize mass calculation services consequently adapted to the needs of shippers and carriers
  • Innovative methodology: An exhaustive methodology considering each modal specificity combined with worldwide coverage of multidmodal networks
  • Innovative structure: A synergetic partnership of various international logistics actors and specialists working all together to develop and disseminate a common eco-calculator

EcoTransIT’s methodology for calculating the environmental impacts has been developed by independent scientific institutions: The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU), the Institute for Applied Ecology and the Institute of Transport, Railway Construction and Operation (IVE). In coordination with the International Union of Railways (UIC), the European network of seven railway companies and a logistics company guarantees the periodical updating of data and enriches the partner frame of the project.

This award is recognition for twelve years of continuous work, a tribute to the strong engagement of all partners to create a best practice standard of carbon accounting in the freight and logistics sector. With EcoTransIT World the consortium actually offers version no. 4 of the tool.

Press releases

2011-04-01 press release UIC & SNCF & Geodis Awarded EcoTransIT World_en.pdf

2010-05-26 press release UIC & DB_EcoTransIT World_en.pdf

2010-05-26 news service EcoTransIT World.pdf

First EcoTransIT Stakeholder Workshop in Paris

On 5th of October of 2010 the 1st EcoTransIT Stakeholder Workshop took place in Paris. More than 100 participants representing the whole transport sector – logistics companies, shippers, forwarders, air, ocean and land carriers, scientific and non-governmental organisations – attended the meeting. They actively shared the discussion on needs and benefits of a reliable and easy-to-use carbon calculator for global supply chains. Keynote speeches from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), European Environment Agency (EEA) and the EU project SuperGREEN welcomed the EcoTransIT initiative and highlighted their views on carbon footprinting as steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the end it was common sense to continue the dialogue and intensify cooperation.

If you have any queries about EcoTransIT or the Stakeholder Workshop, please send a message to info@ecotransit.org

Below you find the presentations, a press release and some impressions of the event.

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Press Release

Download Press Release here

Launch of EcoTransIT World

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On 26th of May 2010, Mr Loubinoux and Dr. Volker Kefer, Board Member of Deutsche Bahn’s Technology and Services, successfully launched the innovative web application EcoTransIT World at the 2010 International Transport Forum in Leipzig. “Low transport emissions are an increasingly significant sales argument. EcoTransIT World aims to help customers to choose their means of transport and the most environment-friendly transport chain”, explained Dr. Volker Kefer. The tool offers open access to forwarders, carriers and logistics service providers and gives free and reliable information on their carbon footprint in line with upcoming standards of green accounting.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux explained that “with EcoTransIT World we can provide reliable carbon footprints of logistics chains with all transport modes on a global level. EcoTransIT World offers an important contribution to the ongoing discussions on how to measure greenhouse gas impacts of the transport sector. It provides a scientifically proved, fair and balanced methodology approved by neutral environmental institutions.”

The next step is to invite interested partners to cooperate and join the “EcoTransIT World” consortium. The idea is to jointly build the sector standard for carbon foot printing and thus support reducing transport emissions and greening logistical chains.