Freightos announced that it has launched a free, standards-compliant carbon calculator tool that allows freight forwarders, importers, and exporters to estimate and compare emissions for specific shipping routes and modes.

Importers, exporters, and forwarders can embed the CO2 calculator into their websites or platforms, driving more informed and sustainable booking decisions while improving carbon emissions tracking across multiple modes. This is designed to enable customers to comply with a growing global CO2 regulatory and reporting framework with door-to-door emissions reporting based on European standard EN 16258 (Methodology for calculation and declaration of energy consumption and GHG emissions of transport services (freight and passengers)).

Freightos has also launched a free global freight carbon emissions API that both customers and non-customers can embed on platforms, subject to reasonable use.

The new CO2 measurement capabilities will contribute to the active reduction of global emissions by being available directly on WebCargo by Freightos, the company’s flagship cargo booking platform, which connects over 30 airlines and ocean liners with thousands of freight forwarders. This will enable forwarders to instantly compare prices, transit times, capacity availability, and the carbon footprint across leading carriers, with the potential to make greener global freight booking selections.

“Freightos recognizes the immense challenges for global freight to achieve net zero and we’re committed to help achieve that by bringing visibility to two billion tonnes per year of invisible GHG emissions from freight services,” said Zvi Schreiber, CEO of Freightos. “Armed with this visibility, the industry can better approach the challenging mission of decarbonization.”

Emission disclosure requirements have become increasingly prevalent around the world. For example, the European Union has introduced new, more stringent emissions reduction mandates. In addition, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently proposed greenhouse gas emissions disclosure requirements for all U.S. public companies.

In 2021, over $20 trillion in goods were shipped around the world with international freight accounting for about 7% of the world’s total CO2-equivalent emissions annually.

Every consumable product plays a role in logistics carbon emissions. For example, an air fryer shipped from Shenzhen to Los Angeles can be responsible for anywhere from the equivalent of .05 kilograms of CO2 (kgCO2e) when shipped by ocean to 32 kgCO2e when shipped by air.

This means that in the United States alone, the carbon emissions for the more than 25 million air fryers3 shipped to the U.S. from 2020 to 2021 was around 1.25M kgCO2e, equivalent to the amount of CO2 generated by a car driving up and back to the moon more than sixteen times.4

“Logistics service providers are being asked to make better, greener decisions, while providing those same capabilities to their shippers,” said Charles Marrale, CEO of freight forwarder ExFreight. “This begins with reporting, followed by the ability to make greener decisions at the point of booking. It’s exciting to see Freightos provide forwarders with carbon emission reporting at the same speed and ease with which they help facilitate pricing and booking.”