Panalpina introduces new CO2 calculation tool
Effective immediately, Panalpina will automatically calculate all customers’ emissions from the transport services they use based on the European reporting standard EN 16258.
January 31, 2014
Effective immediately, Panalpina will automatically calculate all customers’ emissions from the transport services they use based on the European reporting standard EN 16258. This recently introduced standard includes upstream emissions from fuel production, other greenhouse gases besides CO2 and energy consumption. The state-of-theart tool ‘EcoTransIT World’ will run accurate reports for customers so they can develop effective strategies to reduce the environmental impact of their global transport chains.
EcoTransIT calculates emissions for each shipment including pre- and oncarriage movements based on distance, weight, transport mode and the type of vessel or aircraft. The latter can usually be derived from flight numbers. For air freight, the actual routing – this can involve several airports – is used. For ocean freight, the ship size and speed reductions are considered. Distances are calculated using comprehensive GIS (Geographic Information System) data. Besides worldwide up-to-date road networks this database also contains the geographic coordinates of over 100,000 airports and ports.
All necessary shipment information is sent from Panalpina’s communication platform to EcoTransIT servers where sophisticated algorithms are applied to calculate CO2 emissions and other parameters, such as particulate matter, as precisely as possible. The results are sent back to Panalpina where all the data is stored. Panalpina can then use this data to run reports and send them to the customers as needed. The next step according to Panalpina is to make the tool directly accessible to its customers.