Do your freight transportation metrics include measures for sustainability?
With freight accounting for 16 percent of corporate greenhouse gas emissions, establishing green freight practices is becoming a greater priority for large shippers.
To learn more about how to establish freight sustainability metrics, check out Chapter 2 in EDF’s Green Freight Handbook – a practical guide to the strategies companies are using to reduce their freight operations’ impact on overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Establishing baseline metrics is the logical starting point for your green freight efforts. Freight sustainability metrics provide clarity, and keep transportation teams focused on the goal of achieving emissions reductions that are measurable, and therefore meaningful.
Your baseline will include both broad corporate freight sustainability metrics and more specific freight efficiency metrics.
At a corporate level, the three most popular metrics to gauge freight sustainability , are:
- Emissions per ton-mile – the average emissions associated with moving one ton of freight for one mile.
- Absolute freight emissions – the total greenhouse gas emissions generated by transporting freight.
- Total fuel consumption – the fuel used by direct freight operations and by third-partly logistics companies (3pl) and carriers in the transport of products.
Our Green Freight Handbook offers advice and formulas to determine all these numbers.
At a specific level, other freight efficiency metrics –such as average emissions per shipment, percentage of ton-miles by mode, and average miles traveled per shipment – link to specific strategies that, taken together, will ultimately drive the results you see in your corporate freight sustainability metrics.
In Emissions Reduction, Activity Doesn’t Always Equal Achievement
Real progress in freight sustainability can only be measured in numbers. That’s why starting with a baseline is so crucial. If your strategies don’t shift the numbers in a positive direction, they are clearly not the right strategies.