CO2 calculations at supply level

Shippers are increasingly keen to gain measurable insights into their performance in terms of sustainable transport. IDS, a company specialised in freight & carrier management, has introduced a new tool to help its customers compare different carriers’ average carbon outputs at shipment level.

4PL-provider IDS always chooses the most efficient transport solution. Its Transport Management System (TMS) automatically selects the best qualified and cheapest carrier for its clients (shippers), depending on the nature of the shipment and the required speed of delivery (normal or express). This enables the TMS to financially consolidate grouped and partial shipments as much as possible and IDS to select intermodal transportation, as far as the agreements with its clients permit.

The TMS can now also calculate the average CO2 emissions per tonne/kilometre as soon as the transport order is entered. “This is a new functionality. Since the emission levels are monitored at shipment level, the shipper can now analyse its carbon output based on different factors – such as mode of transport, carrier, manufacturing plant or customer – and use this data to determine how to reduce its carbon footprint,” explains Doeke Rolf, sales manager Road, Sea & Air freight at IDS. “This not only results in cheaper tariffs, but also lower CO2 emissions per shipment.”

To make it easier to analyse the data, IDS can supply its customers with the results on a tailor-made KPI dashboard, or help customers with interpreting the results if desired. Essentially, IDS serves as a ‘control tower’ for freight management, which, as Rolf puts it, “helps our customers to truly optimise their transportation and logistics.”