Guidelines & Tools

Black carbon methodology for the logistics sector


This document is meant to provide guidance to the logistics sector for the voluntary measurement and reporting of black carbon emissions. This report provides guidelines for calculating black carbon emissions resulting from the movement of freight by air, inland waterways, rail, road and sea, as well as transhipment centers. In keeping with the principles of the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework for Logistics Emissions Methodologies, the Black Carbon Methodology for the Logistics Sector, hereafter referred to as the ‘Black Carbon Methodology,’ aims to reach the following goals:

  • Provide industry and stakeholders with a simple methodology to estimate black carbon emissions with sufficient accuracy for benchmarking, reporting and sustainable decision-making
  • Offer a transparent framework characterizing uncertainty within the results via bronze, silver and gold calculation tiers
  • Build on existing methodologies to work towards harmonization and standardization of carbon emissions accounting in general
  • Raise awareness of black carbon emissions across the global multi-modal supply chain in order to drive innovation and investment in reducing or eliminating emissions
Pollutants (SLCPs)