Carbon footprint monitoring in the logistics chain: The next step towards sustainable supply chains

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Arviem AG has launched its new service, real-time carbon footprint monitoring in the logistics chain to support sustainability initiatives of clients. Unlike other solutions on the market, Arviem's carbon emissions reporting is calculated based on effective transport data instead of the less accurate planning data.

Sustainability initiatives are gaining momentum. As many key stakeholders such as customers, investors and employees are showing an increased interest in monitoring the business practices of organisations with regards to sustainability, many forward-looking companies are recognising that sustainability is beneficial for all; it is good for the planet, appreciated by consumers and investors and leads to cost savings and improved brand image.

Research shows that supply chains can be responsible for up to four times the greenhouse gas emissions of a company's direct operations, while transport is the 2nd highest emitter of greenhouse gases worldwide as reported by Eurostat. Considering that transport represents such a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain, it is crucial for organisations to account for the impact of their logistics processes in the environmental analysis of their supply chains.

Companies understand that lowering the carbon footprint in their supply chain can not only substantially contribute towards the company's sustainability initiatives, but it has also quantifiable business effects such as lowering operational costs. To find out where carbon emissions are concentrated in the logistics chain and develop and put in place reduction plans, organisations are in the need of quality metrics and assurance. However, measuring the complete carbon footprint across a global supply chain is challenging, it is a complex task that is time and resource intensive.

The solution developed by Arviem enables exporters, importers, distributors and manufacturers of goods to understand what's going on in their supply chains with regards to environmental impact with granularity down to each individual shipment.

The transport and the shipping of goods is responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain. Fuel consumption, maritime transport and refrigeration of goods are energy intensive and costly. "Thanks to our new service, we are able to help clients in optimising the utilisation of various transport modes across their supply chains and analyze the performance of their carriers and third party logistics providers. This not only provides business intelligence but also saves money while lowering the impact of transport on the environment. By implementing our pay-as-you-use monitoring service, companies can monitor the carbon footprint of their logistics supply chain from 'day one' without the burden of introducing new process or investing into equipment or software" says Stefan Reidy, CEO of Arviem.

The new feature of Arviem's cargo tracking and monitoring service enables organisations such as Nestlé Canada and Douglas Products to gain visibility into the environmental impact of the movement of their goods across the supply chain by using Arviem's monitoring devices. "Here at Douglas Products, we strive for the highest standards in stewardship for our products.

Knowing where our product is located is a key part of our stewardship practices. The Arviem solution provides just what we are looking for, to help make sure we are able to track our product around the globe" says Heather Kern, Commercial Leader at Douglas Products. Companies can use the tools developed to monitor the carbon footprint in the logistics chain to make key business decisions, to reduce energy use and to lower their carbon footprint.

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