“The lack of a common programme results in a proliferation of calculation methodologies, carbon calculators, sustainability initiatives and so on,” he explains. “This usually leads to increased effort and cost for companies to assess carbon emissions of transportation and also hampers collaboration with other companies in the supply chain.”
Dr Traill welcomes the latest initiative to de-mystify the current situation, with a European Shippers’ Council forum called ‘Greening the Maritime Logistics Supply Chain’ on 28 September in Brussels.
“The European Shippers’ Council has effectively cried ‘Enough is enough – it is time to identify what the schemes are, what they all do and which ones are going to be of use to shippers‘. Shippers need to know,” he said.