Project Description

Freight Carbon Emissions Calculator

Use this CO2 emissions calculator when planning your shipment

Easy to use freight carbon emissions calculator that provides reliable estimates for port to port and multimodal door to door shipments going by air, ocean or truck.

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How Do I Reduce Freight Carbon Emissions?

This freight carbon emissions calculator is designed to quickly let importers and exporters assess and monitor shipment CO2 emissions.

In fact, 10% of global emissions come from the freight industry, and in the US, 16% of US corporate greenhouse gas emissions are freight-related.

That’s why businesses wanting to reduce their carbon footprint are looking at their shipping activity.

There are several reasons why importers and exporters are becoming more interested in monitoring and reducing freight emissions.

  • It’s the right thing to do. For instance, most larger corporations have now adopted corporate sustainability principles.
  • It can save money. Many programs are providing attractive opportunities to go green. Reducing carbon emission can help with cost savings and cost avoidance.
  • It’s compulsory. Other states are now following in the footsteps of California’s Sustainable Freight Action. Regulatory compliance is taking off in Europe too, for instance, compulsory carbon reporting is now required on French freight invoices, and by LSE-listed companies.

The biggest opportunity for importers and exporters to reduce emissions is, wherever possible, to switch shipments from international air freight to ocean freight.

Freight forwarders, ocean and sea carriers and industry bodies are also playing their part by increasingly adopting green freight principles. For instance, many top forwarders are already actively engaged with sustainability programs like SmartWay (US), CEC (NAFTA), the U.N Compact Lead, and Green Freight Europe.

How Do I Use This Freight Emissions Calculator?

The freight carbon emissions calculator input screen is similar to the Freightos Marketplace quote request screen.

1. Input your shipment’s volume.
Slide the switch to the right if you know the shipment volume and weight in total, or slide left if you only them by unit. You must select ‘Total Volume’ if your shipment includes boxes of different volumes or weights.

2. Input your shipment’s total weight.

3. As you type a location in the origin field, a drop-down box will appear. Keep typing to refine the search results. Select seaport (preceded by ship icon), airport (preceded by a ship icon, or address (pin icon).

3. Follow the same method to type a location in the destination field.

4.Click on the blue Get Carbon Emission Estimate button to find your shipment’s estimated freight emissions.

How Does This Freight Emissions Calculator Calculate Estimates?

This freight carbon emissions calculator uses the following average emission factors from Guidelines for Measuring and Managing CO2 Emission from Freight Transport Operations, published by the EU-aligned European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic):

  • 602 gCO2 /tonne-km for air freight
  • 8.4 gCO2 /tonne-km for ocean freight
  • 50 gCO2 /tonne-km for truck freight

These are the best modal factors for providing reasonable estimates. Other variables such as craft type, load onboard, and even weather attributes like temperature and wind, play a much smaller role in determining actual shipment emissions.

Freight emissions for the port-to-port leg are calculated by multiplying the leg’s distance by the air or ocean emission factor (according to port type).

If the origin is an address, the freight carbon emissions calculator multiplies pickup leg distance by the truck emission factor and combined the subtotal with the port-to-port leg. A similar calculation happens if the destination is an address.

For door to door shipments (where the origin and destination are both addresses), the calculator combines the pickup, main transit, and delivery subtotals, and provides two total emission estimates (main transit by air and by sea).


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