C.H. Robinson, a global logistics solutions provider, has launched a series of services in order to aid companies in their sustainability efforts. Their new technology, Emissions IQ, will be a free, self-serve tool for customers to instantly show a company’s carbon emissions across all forms of transportation globally. Additionally, they’ve announced a collaboration with MIT and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that gives companies a standardized way to measure the emissions of their partial truckloads. C.H. Robinson aims to provide companies around the world with access to data so that they may benchmark their carbon output against their industry and other shippers.
Emissions IQ, a product from C.H. Robinson’s tech incubator Robinson Labs, is a tool that automatically calculates emissions and provides an easy visualization of a shipper’s carbon output. Emissions analysis across all transportation modes is currently available from C.H. Robinson, and other modes will be available within the self-serve tool once ocean and air are added later this year. In its pilot phase, Emissions IQ has helped 125 companies reduce their carbon emissions by a total of 350,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents.
“You can only change what you can measure,” said Angie Freeman, Chief Human Resources and E.S.G. Officer at C.H. Robinson. “Even companies committed to sustainability have struggled to capture their emissions across complex, multi-faceted supply chains. By putting useful technology and data at their fingertips, we’re not only increasing the transparency of emissions in our industry, but we’re surfacing the best strategies for customers to make meaningful carbon reductions right now.”
C.H. Robinson has also funded a project with MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics in order to help companies address the emissions of less-than-truckload shipments. Together, they have collaborated with EPA’s SmartWay program to establish a method specific to measuring those emissions. This data accounts for the extra miles and higher fuel consumption of a truck making multiple pickups and deliveries, and is shared with the EPA to incorporate into its online tools.
“We’ve helped companies improve how they transport their goods for decades – constantly looking to reduce waste and improve performance in the supply chain,” said Freeman. “A more efficient supply chain is by nature a more sustainable one. As one of the world’s largest logistics platforms and the largest mover of truckload freight in the world, we’re in a position to create real impact on emissions now and in the future for our customers, our industry and our planet.”
About C.H. Robinson
C.H. Robinson solves logistics problems for companies across the globe and across industries, from the simple to the most complex. With $21 billion in freight under management and 19 million shipments annually, we are one of the world’s largest logistics platforms. Our global suite of services accelerates trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. With the combination of our multi-modal transportation management system and expertise, we use our information advantage to deliver smarter solutions for our more than 105,000 customers and 73,000 contract carriers. Our technology is built by and for supply chain experts to bring faster, more meaningful improvements to our customers’ businesses. As a responsible global citizen, we are also proud to contribute millions of dollars to support causes that matter to our company, our Foundation and our employees.
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