Smart Freight Centre leads new project to help businesses lower transport emissions

A new global project has been set up to help businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their logistics supply chain.

The EC-funded Logistics Emissions Accounting and Reduction Network (Learn) project is being carried out by a consortium of 13 organisations.

It is being led by the Smart Freight Centre, and will run until March 2019. UK partners include Transport Research Laboratory and the Energy Saving Trust.

It aims to accelerate emissions measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) that will allow companies to identify reduction actions and track progress.

Project partners will also look to help develop a potential accreditation system, or label, to acknowledge those businesses proactively improving logistics efficiencies.

“As companies and countries are trying to put the Paris Climate Agreement into practice, freight and logistics has an opportunity to demonstrate leadership.” says Sophie Punte, executive director at the Smart Freight Centre.

According to the project, global freight and logistics movements are responsible for around 6% of greenhouse gas emissions.

The first Learn International Workshop will be held on 4 and 5 April 2017 in Brussels.