Carbon accounting is all about data. You need to be able to both collect and process data on your company’s purchases and activities in order to calculate your carbon emissions. This means identifying and calculating both your direct and indirect emissions.
Direct emissions (Scope 1) result from your own or controlled sources, such as company-owned vehicles and facilities. Indirect emissions result from upstream and downstream activities, such as purchased electricity and energy consumption (Scope 2) and purchased goods, services, transport, or business travel (Scope 3). It’s Scope 3 that is the most difficult to collect and calculate.
By accounting for all of these emissions, you can estimate your carbon footprint. It’s important to note that the accuracy of your carbon report depends on the quality of your carbon accounting methods.
Thankfully, the latest tools, like the DHL GoGreen Dashboard, leverage big data and interconnected networks to calculate GHG emissions at a granular level. For example, we can calculate the carbon footprint of a single shipment or product, outputting metrics like absolute CO2e emissions, emission intensity, and energy use, along with detailed reports and breakdowns.
The DHL GoGreen Dashboard collects data across all DHL business units (e.g., Supply Chain, Global Forwarding, and Express), consolidating it all in one place. And it’s in line with ISO 14083, which establishes a common methodology for quantifying and reporting GHG emissions arising from transport chain operations, and the Global Logistics Emissions Council Framework, a globally recognized method for calculating and reporting logistics emissions that was a core element used to develop the ISO standard. Our customizable platform makes carbon emission insights available quickly and easily, creating a smooth and streamlined reporting process.