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Carbon footprint of freight transport

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€2 836 460
EU Contribution
€1 993 909
Project website
Project Acronym
COFRET
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects,
Decarbonisation
Transport sectors
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Calculation of carbon footprints, emission reduction-levels for the transport sector as well as new technical solutions for efficient vehicles.

Objectives

The objective of the COFRET project was to develop and test a methodology and framework for the accurate calculation of carbon emissions in the context of supply chains. COFRET provided for a methodology to calculate and monitor carbon emissions based on their component CO2-emissions and if applicable further GHG gases such as CH4 and N2O as well as so-called F-gases deriving from cooling processes. This comprised the consideration of the user needs and requirements of different stakeholders, such as producers, shippers, wholesalers and political bodies. COFRET was based on existing emission calculation tools in use by its stakeholder.

Methodology

In a first step, COFRET assessed and validated user needs in regards to the calculation of emission calculation tools of supply chains. Parallel, COFRET assessed existing methods, tools and data for calculation of carbon emissions as used already and a taxonomy for emission calculation-tools was developed. Based on the identified user needs and the taxonomy of the existing calculation tools, a methodology and framework was developed.

This COFRET-methodology will allow closing the identified gaps currently impeding the calculation of emissions along supply chains. Furthermore, it will include functional elements of supply chains with all their possible components including transshipment processes, storage and picking of shipments and cooling processes.

The COFRET-methodology considered all transportation modes, ranging from road to rail, inland to deep water shipping as well as air freight transport. It was combined with a comprehensive set of supply chain parameters within a database.

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
The European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
FP7-TRANSPORT

Results

During the first reporting period of the COFRET project, the main parts of work performed regarded the analysis of existing CO2 emission calculation methods and tools on one hand and the establishing of links to the most relevant stakeholders of COFRET on the other hand. These activities took place in parallel and complemented each other:

At the beginning of the COFRET project an important research and knowledge gap could be closed: A structured analysis of over 100 of the most relevant existing tools, methods, databases for the calculation of emissions along supply chains was carried out. Over 70 aspects were investigated per each of these tools during the analysis. To build up a comprehensive list of existing resources relevant to the COFRET methodology, the items analysed were categorised into four groups:

(1) methodologies, such as standards and guidebooks;
(2) calculation tools;
(3) emission factor databases; and
(4) other activities and initiatives, such as research projects, forums and communication channels.

In general, the carbon footprint methodologies reviewed support a consistent, mutual approach based on lifecycle thinking. However, the level of precision and detail varies, and there are significant methodological gaps regarding the inclusion of all logistics operations. Furthermore, loose guidance with numerous alternatives to choose from, for example regarding allocation, leads currently to confusion and lack of comparability. Especially in the context of complex supply chain configurations, combining various methods in order to cover the entire chain inevitably leads to incomparability, even if each of the methods were compliant with a given standard individually. The number of carbon footprint calculation tools and data sources analysed showed great variation in quality, coverage and originality. To sum up the task results, it can be argued that among the existing methods, tools and databases there are already suitable elements for calculation of carbon footprint of transport and logistics along supply chains even though a harmonised framework is currently missing. Because of the current lack of universally established standards, various stakeholders have independently developed incomparable methods, tools and data for various solutions for various users and with differing scope.

In parallel to this analysis and in order to ensure that our work has direct relevance to potential end users we closely engaged with our external a

Strategy targets

An efficient and integrated mobility system:

  • A Single European Transport Area

Innovating for the future: 

  • Promoting more sustainable development

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Deutsches Zentrum Fr Luft Und Raumfahrt E.v
Address
Linder Hoehe, 51147 KOELN, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€249 316
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Rapp Trans Ag
Address
Utlibergstrasse, 8045 Zurich, Switzerland
EU Contribution
€1 772 390
Organisation
Rapp Trans Ag
Address
Utlibergstrasse, 8045 Zurich, Switzerland
EU Contribution
€169 176
Organisation
Instytut Transportu Samochodowego
Address
Jagiellonska, 03N/A301 Warsaw, Poland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€3 562 596
Organisation
Instytut Transportu Samochodowego
Address
Jagiellonska, 03N/A301 Warsaw, Poland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€38 408
Organisation
Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road, 57001 Thermi Thessaloniki, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€18 000 000
Organisation
Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road, 57001 Thermi Thessaloniki, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€60 625
Organisation
Nederlands Organisation For Applied Scientific Research
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97, 6060 DELFT, Netherlands
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€944 740
Organisation
Nederlands Organisation For Applied Scientific Research
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97, 6060 DELFT, Netherlands
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€206 200
Organisation
Transport & Travel Research Ltd
Address
Minster Pool Walk Minster House, Lichfield, WS13 6QT, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€3 229 225
Organisation
Transport & Travel Research Ltd
Address
Minster Pool Walk Minster House, Lichfield, WS13 6QT, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€194 585
Organisation
Ptv Planung Transport Verkehr Ag
Address
Stumpfstrasse 1, 76131 KARLSRUHE, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€29 006 999
Organisation
Ptv Planung Transport Verkehr Ag
Address
Stumpfstrasse 1, 76131 KARLSRUHE, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€226 442
Organisation
Marlo Consultants Gmbh
Address
Haid-Und-Neu-Strasse 7, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
EU Contribution
€2 699 999
Organisation
Marlo Consultants Gmbh
Address
Haid-Und-Neu-Strasse 7, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
EU Contribution
€41 820
Organisation
Technische Universitat Dortmund
Address
August-Schmidt-Str, 44227 Dortmund, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€2 936 314
Organisation
Technische Universitat Dortmund
Address
August-Schmidt-Str, 44227 Dortmund, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€74 716
Organisation
Transportokonomisk Institutt
Address
GAUSTADALLEEN 21, 0349 OSLO, Norway
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€5 361 941
Organisation
Transportokonomisk Institutt
Address
GAUSTADALLEEN 21, 0349 OSLO, Norway
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€190 594
Organisation
Panteia Bv
Address
Sir Winston Churchilllaan, 2288 DC Rijswijk, Netherlands
EU Contribution
€2 596 997
Organisation
Panteia Bv
Address
Sir Winston Churchilllaan, 2288 DC Rijswijk, Netherlands
EU Contribution
€226 700
Organisation
Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas
Address
Sauletekio Al, 10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€9 000 000
Organisation
Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas
Address
Sauletekio Al, 10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€42 600
Organisation
Institut Francais Des Sciences Et Technologies Des Transports, De L'amenagement Et Des Reseaux
Address
2, Avenue Du General Malleret-Joinville, 94114 Arcueil, France
EU Contribution
€1 171 789
Organisation
Institut Francais Des Sciences Et Technologies Des Transports, De L'amenagement Et Des Reseaux
Address
2, Avenue Du General Malleret-Joinville, 94114 Arcueil, France
EU Contribution
€53 186
Organisation
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt
Address
TEKNIIKANTIE 21, 02150 ESPOO, Finland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€2 500 000
Organisation
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt
Address
TEKNIIKANTIE 21, 02150 ESPOO, Finland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€219 541

Technologies

Technology Theme
Information systems
Technology
Sustainable urban mobility planning
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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