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New Carbon Calculator keeps track of cargo transport emissio

Time:2016-06-07 21:20 Source:Air Cargo World Writer:admin Click:Times

The air cargo industry has long been sensitive to the high amount of carbon emissions, DHL has created an application that can help customers track the size of the carbon footprint left behind with every shipment.


With the introduction of the free "Carbon Calculator," DHL customers can see the amount of emissions created by their shipment, regardless of mode, based on a complex series of algorithms. “While many other computational tools provide only a rough estimate of the transport emissions and the route, the Carbon Calculator taps into real logistics data,” said Kathrin Brost, vice president, green strategy and customer intelligence at DHL Global Forwarding. Those data include the route to the nearest airport or harbor, the main leg by air or sea and the “last mile” in the destination country.


To determine the level of emissions, the Carbon Calculator uses data from the DHL Carbon Accounting and Controlling department. The computational methodology reflects the recognized Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards, the European Standard EN 16258 as well as the guidelines of the Global Logistics Emissions Council. , underscored the benefits for customers: “With the intuitively operated Carbon Calculator, our customers can determine in advance the exact environmental impact of their shipment – at any time, from any place and free of charge," said Katharina Tomoff, Vice President, Shared Value, Deutsche Post DHL Group.


To calculate the emissions, you simply enter the sender’s and receiver’s locations, as well as the weight and volume of a shipment. Then you select the preferred mode of transport. Based on your entries, the Carbon Calculator recommends a shipping route, which you can modify further. Using this, the tool calculates the amount of CO2 equivalent emissions that the transport will generate. Enquiries are free of charge on the system and can be entered without registration; registered users also have access to an expanded range of analytical functions.





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