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Published on: 28 Aug 2018
CO2 is the chemical formula for carbon dioxide, a gas emitted when carbon-based fuels like diesel, aviation fuel, or gasoline are burned to generate energy. Most trucks, aircraft, and ships use carbon-based fuels.
CO2e or “carbon dioxide equivalent” is a standard unit for measuring carbon footprint. Agility uses CO2e to measure greenhouse-gas impact (from all types of greenhouse gas) by equating it to the amount of carbon dioxide that would create the same amount of warming. Our CO2e emissions reports express various greenhouse gases as kilograms of an equivalent amount of CO2.
Aside from carbon dioxide, there is a range of other greenhouse gases, which includes sulfur dioxide, nitric oxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Each of these gases can cause warming when emitted into the atmosphere.
We use the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) methodology, standards and conversion factors to estimate CO2e emissions from customers’ transportation activities. You can learn more about Defra methodology and conversion factors here.
We provide these estimates to help our customers understand how their operations may affect our climate. This gives them the opportunity to make informed decisions about reducing emissions and so contributing to environmental improvement.
This means that when transporting your shipment with Shipa Freight, the process will create “at least” the amount of CO2e emissions reported by our app. It is likely that the Shipa Freight CO2e emissions estimate for your shipment will be understated, as it does not cover all activities and variables related to the shipment.
For example, our report does not include emissions related to storage or warehouse activities, or the effects of radiative forcing in air transportation. The report is also based on average—as opposed to actual—truck utilization, fuel consumption, and other technical variables that may influence CO2e emissions measurement.
If you are voluntarily offsetting CO2 emissions by planting trees or investing in renewable energies, you can use these reports for such offsets, provided you indicate in the offsets that there were likely more CO2e emissions than estimated, and factor our “at least” approach into your voluntary offset strategy.
These reports are not appropriate for carbon taxation, mandatory carbon fees or charges, or involuntary offset programs. To reiterate, we consider our reports to represent an “at least” amount of CO2e emissions. You should always assume that your actual CO2e emissions are higher than the reported estimates.
Would you like further information about our CO2e emissions estimation & reporting program?
Perhaps you’re curious about shipping-solutions that are less carbon-intensive.
You’ll find plenty of information about these topics on our sustainability web page, or you are very welcome to email us with your questions at [email protected].