Pledge, SFC identify 10 steps to decarbonising supply chains

Pledge and Smart Freight Centre bring logistics leaders together to map out key actions to reduce emissions and help meet Scope 3 emissions targets.

Pledge, SFC identify 10 steps to decarbonising supply chains

(from left to right) David de Picciotto, CEO and Co-founder, Pledge, André Mohamed, Co-founder, Pledge, and Sophie Punte, Founder, SFC.

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Pledge, in collaboration with Smart Freight Centre (SFC), has issued a ten-point guide to help companies operating in the logistics sector to begin and maintain an effective decarbonisation programme.

The importance of collaboration, measurement, and the construction of a clear business case for sustainable logistics, were three of the ten-part guide produced by a round table discussion group, comprising representatives from SFC, Pledge, and logistics experts.

“There is much to be positive about, for example, many companies don’t realise they can start measuring and reporting with the data they already have,” said David de Picciotto, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder, Pledge.

“One of the points to come out of the round table was that companies should start reporting with the data they have now, and only then iterate with more granular input to improve the quality of their carbon emissions calculations.

“You can’t go from zero to hero overnight – it’s an iterative process.

“We brought together leaders from across the industry because one of the issues is that there’s a disconnect between these vital stakeholders.

“The result was ten clear and practical measures that can be acted upon by logistics providers no matter where they are in their decarbonisation journey.”

The ten-point guidelines are:

– Voluntary initiatives help but cannot be a full substitute for regulatory drivers.

– You can begin your emissions measurement journey even if the data isn’t perfect.

– We must help stakeholders understand the value to their business that decarbonisation initiatives can have if we’re to incentivise them to invest in them.

– For many businesses, 60% of their total carbon footprint comes from their scope 3 emissions, meaning calculating and mitigating these emissions can unlock significant carbon reduction opportunities.

– Procurement is the lynchpin for scope 3 decarbonisation.

– Decarbonisation needs to be approached holistically, including both technological advances, such as using electric trucks, and operational strategies, such as modal shift or increasing utilisation.

– Collaboration across the logistics supply chain is crucial if the industry is to do its part to achieve the target set out at the Paris Treaty.

– NGOs have a growing importance in supporting climate action across the value chain.

– Market mechanisms help finance the transition to decarbonisation.

– You need to build a business case to make sustainable logistics viable and scalable for businesses in the long-term.

“As the pursuit of decarbonising supply chains becomes more and more of a priority, we are faced with several opportunities to reduce emissions across the sector,” added de Picciotto.

“This discussion aimed to identify the routes to positive climate action, and we achieved just that.”

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