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Methodology Update 2018

Summertime has come again and with it our desire to spend more time outside and in nature. It is also the time that makes us think more about how to preserve nature. One part –and this is not a choice but a requirement- is to reduce the energy consumption and transport emissions. Because of the globalisation it is not only a question of reducing the quantity of transports but also to select an eco-friendly transport service.

EcoTransIT World calculates the energy consumption and the emission of your freight transports. The updated methodology of our current release offers plenty of new calculation options. You can benefit from these adoptions now:

New Differentiation of alternative fuel types within trucks
Worldwide the vast majority of truck engines use diesel as fuel. Due to the potential emission reductions and lower fuel costs some fleet managers have recently invested into alternative fuels. In 2014, around 200,000 heavy or medium-heavy trucks in Europe and 350,000 heavy or medium-heavy trucks in China were using CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) or LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) according to the natural gas vehicle association. Electric trucks are even less common but have a growing importance. From now on, you can define whether the truck power is based on CNG, LNG, diesel or electric battery in EcoTransIT World. In some countries it will significantly impact the calculation results.

ICAO allocation for belly planes
Last year we started our cooperation with the Smart Freight Centre enabling us to integrate the GLEC recommended allocation method for belly freight. In contrast to EN 16258, the ICAO allocation also includes the weight of the seats for belly planes. Thus, the overall weight per passenger is higher and more accurate in comparison to the cargo. You can choose between these two models of calculation for your evaluation.

New ECA consideration at sea freight transports
We increased the level of detail within our sea network and included Emission Control Area (ECA) zones. On the basis of this information our emission calculator considers the appliance of maritime diesel oil (MDO) for fuel as long as the ship sails in an ECA. Outside of ECA, the emission of the ships is calculated based on heavy fuel oil (HFO).

New emission classes for diesel trains
Similar to diesel engines for trucks and inland waterway vessel transports, the exhaust emission performance of locomotive engines strongly depends on the emission class of the engine technology. In the past years, the UIC, the EU and US implemented emission limits for new engines in several stages, thus reducing specific emissions for newer engines. With the current release the user has the possibility to specify an emission class for diesel trains, similar to what is already available for truck and inland waterway vessel transports.

Update of the emissions for EPA trucks (US) and new emission class JP
Due to an update of our source (EPA) we updated the base emissions factors for our EPA trucks in North America. In addition, we included the new Japanese emission class.JP2009 is available in our list of emission classes.

For more information please refer to our methodology report as well, which you can find here in a short and detailed version.

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A Smart Cooperation – MoU with SFC (GLEC)

Smart Freight Centre (GLEC) and EcoTransIT World signed Memorandum of Understanding

It is one of the biggest aims of EcoTransIT World (ETW) to align the emission calculations of our users while at the same time we also consider other initiatives for cooperation and knowledge exchange.

SFC: GLEC FrameworkNow, we are pleased to announce our latest cooperation partner Smart Freight Centre (SFC) with whom we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). SFC is a global non-profit organisation working to remove barriers to a more efficient and environmentally sustainable freight and logistics sector and which initiated the Global Logistics Emissions Council Framework (GLEC) as a voluntary partnership of companies, industry associations and green freight programs.

Together, ETW and SFC aim to improve the calculation of emission footprints for freight transport with the intention of helping the sector to reduce its environmental impact. This cooperation will increase the efficiency of both organisations. ETW and SFC have cooperated for some time, particularly as many ETW users are involved in the implementation of the GLEC framework.

With the MoU, we would like to enlarge and strengthen this cooperation. As a first step, SFC acknowledged that ETW’s interpretation of EN16258 can be used to calculate values as a substitute solution in the situation where actual measurements of carrier fuel consumption are not available. SFC acknowledged that ETW will go a step forward and offer an option for users to directly enter fuel and consignment data according to the preferred approach of the GLEC Framework if requested. Furthermore, the full inclusion of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) methodology in the business solution as an option in ETW is an important development towards closer alignment across transport modes.

In addition to GLEC based carrier data and factors, the generic approach of ETW is able to perfectly fill gaps based according to a strong, neutral and scientific methodology.

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.

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

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”.