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CO2 emissions allocating guidelines; a view on the future

Over the last few years, the haulage sector has often found itself confronted with strict regulations regarding CO2 emissions. Although many of these rules have resulted in relatively ‘cleaner’ fleets thanks to, for instance, often necessary investments made in new trucks of lower Euro emission categories, questions regularly crop up in the sector regarding the determination and registration of CO2 emissions, not in the last place because of many variables involved here.

Early 2014 an interesting guide was composed on the adequate registration and determination of CO2 emissions for various transport activities. Named Allocation Methodology CO2: Road Freight Transport, this guide gives a clear explanation on the determination and allocation of CO2 emissions. It was composed in collaboration with many parties involved in the transport and logistics sector, added by umbrella organisations like Dutch shippers’ association EVO.

The guide was published to provide better insight in questions like: How to efficiently register my CO2 emissions? How to determine my CO2 emissions? How to determine emissions produced by individual transport combinations? Many of these, also those originating from DKV customers, are recurring questions. There is a resounding call for standardisation of methods and calculations. The guide takes a clear stance here as well: a standardised process will provide an unambiguous overview of emissions and calculations, as well as a guarantee that results may be compared in a proper way.
Clear insight in one’s current ‘Carbon Footprint’ will provide better reference points for shaping future policies by the authorities, umbrella organisations, transport firms and, obviously, service providers like ourselves.

Although clear and unambiguous guidelines on CO2 emissions are important, any haulier will also be interested to find out about the shortest and most economical routes, and consequently involving the lowest CO2 emissions possible, for delivering shipments to its customers. To anticipate all this, DKV offers solutions like DKV Maps, its online service proposing the shortest and cheapest routes, including expected CO2 emissions for each individual route.

For even more accurate determination, DKV attaches great value to the introduction of uniform rules and calculations, enabling us to equip our online service with even more accurate data and records regarding CO2 emissions.

You drive, we care.


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