Green Freight Europe: trans-o-flex supports the European standard for emission monitoring
- Joint initiative of trade, industry and service providers aims at increasing the sustainability in the logistic sector
- Development of new software to register and calculate emissions along the entire transport chain
- In addition to trans-o-flex, two other Eurodis partners among the founders
More than 30 international forwarding agencies, logistic companies, freight forwarders, industrial companies and associations have joined forces to form the Green Freight Europe initiative in order to increase the sustainability in the logistic sector at a European level. Among the co-founding service providers were trans-o-flex, Österreichische Post as well as Post.NL, all of them partners of the European Eurodis network. One of the initiative's concrete aims is to develop a software tool that makes it possible to calculate and monitor the emissions along the logistic sector's entire transport chain. This also includes the emission data of contractors at an international level. The British company EST (Energy Saving Trust) specialising in such programmes has already been chosen to develop this application based on a central database.
Gaps in emission registration will be closed
"By joining forces with other logistic companies and dispatchers interested in sustainability, we can manage to close the gaps in emission registration", says Oliver Rupps, Managing Director of trans-o-flex. "This helps to make our emission balance more precise and we can, especially at an international level, provide our customers with more detailed data about our CO2 footprint and also have an additional basis for the further improvement of our emission balance." The more companies apply the joint Green Freight Europe method, the smaller the risk to compare apples and oranges. Last but not least: it is also more cost-favourable to develop a joint standard than to have a separate system for each company. "What makes this approach so unique and valuable, is the fact that the Green Freight Europe initiative is a real industry initiative involving representatives of all groups that are interested in securing sustainability in the logistic business", continues Rupps.
trans-o-flex as a pioneer for sustainability in the logistic business
trans-o-flex is one of the pioneers for sustainability in the transport business and, as one of the first companies, set up its own CO2 balance already in 2007, updating it every year. As the first nation-wide network in Germany, trans-o-flex is exclusively supplied with eco-power. In its environmental balance, trans-o-flex orients towards the worldwide acknowledged Greenhouse Gas Protocol that helps to quantify and understand emissions in various grades. These grades are called Scope 1 to Scope 3, with Scope 3 being used for the summarised emissions that represent the decisive overall factor. However, here is where almost all providers of logistic services have a problem: as the actual transport service is often commissioned to a third party, there is, on the one hand, hardly any detailed information as to the emissions caused during transport and, on the other hand, they can only be influenced indirectly. Even though the customers put their service providers increasingly under pressure to sustainably reduce their emissions, this can only be successful, when all partners in the transport chain work together and develop joint concepts to reduce emissions.
This is why trans-o-flex has decided to participate in the Green Freight Europe programme from the very beginning in order to have a say in the development of standards and achieve progress with respect to the emission balance of international transports. "We are, therefore, very happy that, with Österreichische Post and Post.NL, we have found two other partners in our international Eurodis network, that have decided to support the new programme", says Rupps. For more information on the initiative, please go to www.greenfreighteurope.eu.
Über trans-o-flex Schnell-Lieferdienst GmbH & Co. KG
The success of the Europe-wide operating trans-o-flex Logistic Group is based on three pillars: 1. trans-o-flex Schnell-Lieferdienst offers a full-coverage network for the efficient and safe transportation of parcels and pallets (combi-freight) all over Germany. This also includes numerous additional services, such as the transportation of hazardous goods without being limited to small quantities. At the same time trans-o-flex, in its capacity as shareholder and partner of the Eurodis network, provides full-coverage combi-freight services in 34 European countries. The company has developed a large number of tailor-made solutions for specific sectors, e.g. for the pharmaceutical and home entertainment / consumer goods industries. 2. With a special network for active temperature control in the temperature ranges of between 2 and 8 °C as well as 15 and 25 °C, trans-o-flex ThermoMed takes over the transportation of temperature-sensitive goods for the pharmaceutical industry ThermoMed provides multinational pharmaceutical distribution in Europe with daily deliveries to 7 countries including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Denmark, and France via the ThermoMed European Network. 3. Additional logistic services from storage and picking/packing to value-added services, such as the set-up service for sales displays or electrical appliances, up to customer-specific transport networks are developed and implemented under the umbrella of trans-o-flex Logistik Service. In 2011, annual sales of the Group, which has a workforce of approximately 1,400 employees, amounted to ca. € 505 million. Since June 2008, trans-o-flex has been a 100-% subsidiary of Österreichische Post. For more information, go to www.trans-o-flex.com.
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