Saving CO2 emissions with BlueBox Systems
Get a transparent overview of the CO2 emissions of your shipments – shipment-specific and in addition to real-time tracking
CO2 emissions are becoming increasingly important
In air freight, CO2 emissions are receiving more and more attention. Logistics companies in particular are paying close attention to these values. For good reason: From 2023, European companies with more than €40 million in sales or 250 employees must disclose their carbon footprint annually. Saving CO2 is therefore in the interest of both logistics companies and their customers.
The problem is, however, that there are hardly any exact values for the emissions generated, since, for example, the type of aircraft used for a shipment is not known. The values are thus estimated – and turn out to be higher than they actually are.
BlueBox Systems is different: The innovative airfreight tracking platform enables shipments to be tracked in real time on the basis of a wide range of data – including the type of aircraft used and its consumption values Thus, the platform offers the most accurate tracking on the market and the possibility to save CO2 emissions by directly comparing delivery routes, airlines, airports and the types of aircraft used.
But BlueBox Systems goes one step further: through the partnership with myClimate, the CO2 emissions generated can be directly offset again if desired. More about the partnership and the compensation project can be found here.
We will be happy to show you the platform and the display of data such as ATA/ETA, Chargeable weight, Delay, Airline, Aircraft type, Transshipment Port, Split Shipment and of course CO2 emissions.
Why is CO2 tracking important in logistics?
1. Legal requirements
From 2023 onwards, as part of the EU Green Deal, European companies that meet specific criteria (€20 million balance sheet total, €40 million net sales or more than 250 employees) have a reporting obligation regarding their environmental and social efforts. The concept of “dual materiality” plays a central role here. Accordingly, the companies concerned must not only state, “[…] how sustainability issues affect their business, but also how their business affects people and the environment.” In addition, specific reports must be provided on the sustainability strategy, its goals and implementation. In order to verify whether the reports of the companies also correspond to the truth, auditing for sustainability reporting is also to be introduced from 2023. For logisticians and companies that deliver their goods or have them delivered worldwide, it is therefore becoming important to be able to calculate the exact CO2 emissions. Does this also apply to the air freight industry?
2. CO2 emissions from air freight
Is air freight a climate killer? Basically, airplanes continue to generate too many CO2 emissions compared to other transportation options such as ship or rail, even though airplanes are used much less frequently in logistics by comparison. However, the situation becomes more critical if we look at the development for the next few years: For example, the volume of goods transported by air freight is rising steadily – and so are the emissions generated as a result. It is therefore important to pay the necessary attention to the CO2 emissions generated right now. Then alternatives to air freight, especially in terms of speed, do not exist at present or in the near future.
3. Focus on the aircraft type
“You can’t manage what you can’t measure!” This wisdom also applies to CO2 emissions in air freight. Only on the basis of accurate values in real time can supply chains be specifically compared on the basis of the CO2 emissions generated. The central factor in this comparison is the type of aircraft. The more modern the aircraft, and therefore the lower the fuel requirements, the lower the CO2 emissions. Airlines can therefore opt for completely new aircraft models or optimize the existing fleet in terms of propulsion, aerodynamics and weight.
In order to obtain the most accurate value for the CO2 emissions generated by a shipment, it is therefore essential to know the type of aircraft used in addition to the route, load, quantity/weight of goods and speed.
And it is precisely this information (in addition to all the other data, of course) that BlueBox Systems!
Integration of CO2 tracking in BlueBox Systems
BlueBox Systems offers you a unique overview of all important data concerning your shipments: You can view values such as ATA/ETA, Chargeable weight, Delay, Airline, Aircraft type, Transshipment Port and Split Shipment in real time and additionally get an exact overview of potential ETA Changes, Flight Connection at Risk and Delays. However, BlueBox System’s strengths come to the fore when it comes to reporting: Here you can compare supply chains, airlines, airports and other factors in detail and thus determine the best route for your shipment.
View, compare and save CO2 emissions
The calculation of CO2 emissions is an integral part of this interface and can be viewed and compared just like all other values. BlueBox System allows you to create reports comparing the performance of airlines on different routes and, in this context, to compare CO2 emissions and time required. So, depending on your requirements, you can make a decision for the optimal supply chain based on detailed data – in this case per CO2 emissions or delivery time, for example.
Detailed CO2 values
Many tools on the market only calculate a kind of CO2 unit value based on weight and distance, which never reflects the exact emissions. BlueBox Systems offers the possibility to calculate the CO2 emissions for the specific shipments transparently and in real time – based on the actual aircraft type used.
And these emissions can be directly offset again at BlueBox Systems via our partner myclimate.
Offset CO2 emissions directly with myclimate
Reducing CO2 emissions as much as possible should be the central goal of all companies. Since these cannot be completely prevented, especially in air freight, offsetting them offers a good opportunity to achieve a positive carbon footprint despite this. In offsetting, the companies that generated the CO2 emissions support projects that in turn save CO2. Through our partnership with myclimate, we can offer you to offset the CO2 emissions calculated by BlueBox Systems directly and easily. The certificates you thus receive confirm the compensation and your sustainable efforts as a company.
Who is myclimate?
myclimate is an initiative that is one of the world’s quality leaders in voluntary carbon offsetting. The projects initiated worldwide focus on emission-reducing measures such as replacing fossil energy sources with renewable energies, reforestation together with small farmers or the implementation of energy-efficient technologies. The focus is always on the measurability as well as the sustainability of these projects. This focus on transparency makes myclimate a perfect fit for BlueBox Systems.
How does the compensation work?
The BlueBox Systems compensation project
Solar energy for education and jobs in Tanzania
Should you decide to offset through our partnership with myClimate, you are not offsetting your CO2 emissions somehow, but through a specifically selected project. Through this carbon offset program, modern solar home systems are provided to low-income households and small businesses in Tanzania. Thus, people can eliminate fossil fuels for kerosene lamps and diesel generators for lighting and electricity and use clean energy. The technology thus effectively reduces CO2 emissions, also thanks to an innovative monitoring approach, and supports people’s health.
The project is already being successfully implemented and saves 9981 tons of CO2 annually. In addition, it has received several awards: