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Consignment Carbon

The Consignment Carbon Vision

To drive informed action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the supply chain and transport sector, companies should be able to easily obtain, produce and communicate carbon-footprint data at a product* level, along the supply chain.

To this end, the freight sector needs broadly-accepted, interoperable, simple and accurate:

1.   Reporting formats

2.   Calculation principles & methodologies

3.   Default data (standard factors)

4.    Verification & transparency guidelines


The Consignment Carbon Working Group

The Consignment Carbon Working Group is an independent, multi-stakeholder initiative supporting progress and alignment in product-level carbon reporting across the global freight sector.


1.   Facilitating exchange of knowledge, data, contacts and best-practices.

2.   Mapping activities in this area, and through this inevitably providing a basic, informal level of group quality control.

3.   Suggesting alignment or gap-filling activities to enable interoperability.

4.   Communication, dissemination and education about the topic.


1.    The group is open to representatives of organizations active in carbon-reporting.

2.    The group operates by consensus. If consensus cannot be reached after a reasonable effort, a majority decision will be taken. Formal objections may be recorded on the comments section of the group website,

3.    Members may volunteer for sub-groups. Initially there are “Vision” and “Mapping” sub-groups.

4.    Group members are expected to help iteratively create and improve content.

5.    Secretarial and facilitation services are provided by the World Economic Forum, which will cover basic expenses.

6.    There is no fee to participate in the group.



 * Product level is a standard carbon reporting term which in a freight transport context refers to emissions due to a shipment, consignment or service.


Multi-Initiative Launch Statement - Davos, January 2011

Leading logistics sustainability initiatives have agreed to a joint vision of simple yet accurate greenhouse-gas data management and reporting. Companies should be able to easily exchange broadly-accepted carbon footprint data along the supply chain. Action towards this is underway.

Organizations including the Carbon Disclosure Project, Clean Cargo Working Group, Climate TransAct, EcoTransit, PostEurop, World Resources Institute and NTM are working to align their activities under this vision. The collaborative effort is in response to the fast development of standards, data and calculators for sharing greenhouse-gas information along the supply chain. Many of the tools are complementary, however, logistics companies and their customers still struggle to efficiently collect, process and report carbon footprint data in widely accepted form.


The groups believe that greater transparency and harmonization of efforts is possible and will improve the quality and uptake of greenhouse-gas emissions reporting in the logistics sector.

By publically communicating on the collaborative effort, participating organizations hope to affirm the leadership of the private sector, together with multistakeholder experts, in steering towards globally compatible greenhouse-gas emissions reporting approaches for logistics.

The group invites other key stakeholders, including leading shippers and carriers, NGOs, policy makers, academia, and other reporting and partnership programs to join their efforts to mainstream carbon reporting procedures for the industry.


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CONTRIBUTORS: Agility, A.P. Möller Maersk, Brightstar, Deutsche Bahn*, Deutsche Post DHL, FedEx, Kuehne + Nagel*, Panalpina*, La Poste*, Lufthansa, Stena, TNT, UPS, VW