CO2 calculation model makes transport more sustainable
2 July 2019
What does the CO2 calculation model actually calculate?
- The main transport via sea freight or air freight to Rotterdam or Amsterdam.
- The transhipment for the on-carriage
- The on-carriage by truck, inland waterways or train
Example: how does the calculation model work?
So, according to the CO2 calculation model, Bart’s best option is to choose on-carriage via inland waterway, which would save 20 kilos of CO2 emissions. This is exactly equal to the volume of CO2 one tree absorbs per year. As such, the CO2 calculation model helps forwarders like Bart to make a contribution to a cleaner environment in a simple and quick way.
What are the CO2 emissions for your transport route?
Are you interested in calculating the CO2 emissions of your transport route? We are currently in the process of developing an online calculator. Ritra Cargo clients will soon be able to use this calculator in our ICT solutions web portal. If you do not use our web portal, if you are not (yet) a client, or if you simply can’t wait: we can already calculate the CO2 emissions of your transport route behind the scenes. Please contact us if you are interested.
About the CO2 calculation model
The demand for insight into the total CO2 emissions of transported products originally came from a client. As a result, Ritra Cargo started searching for a solution, which we found in Rozwitha Roos. As part of her graduation research for her course in Logistics Management, she developed the CO2 calculation model.
Rozwitha used reliable and up-to-date standard values for the creation of the CO2 calculation model. She also entered into dialogue with employees and external parties, such as forwarders, shipping companies and hauliers, so that the CO2 calculation model is a reliable reflection of the actual situation.
Several options have not been included due to the limited time available to develop the calculation model. For instance, it is not yet possible to calculate the CO2 emissions for export shipments and cross-trade transport. The same is true for rail shipments from China. Finally, the pre-carriage in the country of origin is not included in the calculation model, due to the high level of diversity and complexity. These factors may be added to the CO2 calculation model in future.