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CO2 is “carbon dioxide,” a gas that is emitted when carbon based fuels like diesel, aviation fuel, petrol, CNG, LNG or others are burned for energy. Most trucks, aircraft and ships use carbon based fuels.
CO2e is “carbon dioxide equivalent.” It is a standard unit for measuring carbon footprint. Agility uses CO2e to measure the impact of different greenhouse gases in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide that would create the same amount of warming as all emitted gases combined. Our CO2e emissions reports consist of different greenhouse gases expressed as kilograms of an equivalent amount of CO2.
Other gases include carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide. Each of these gases can cause warming when emitted into the atmosphere.
We use the U.K.’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) methodology, standards and conversion factors to estimate CO2e emissions from customer transportation activities. You can learn more about Defra methodology and conversion factors here.
We provide these estimates so our customers can understand how their operations may affect our climate, and where necessary, take actions to reduce emissions to improve the environment.
This means that when transporting your shipment with Agility, the shipment will create “at least” the amount of CO2e emissions reported by the Shipa Freight app. It is likely that there will be more CO2e emissions than what is reported by Shipa Freight because our estimation does not cover all activities and variables related to the shipment. For example, our report does not include emissions related to storage or warehouse handling activities; it does not include the effects of radiative forcing in air transportation; and it is based on average truck utilization, fuel consumption and other technical variables that may impact actual CO2e emissions measurement.
If you are voluntarily off-setting CO2 emissions by planting trees or investing in renewable energies, you can use these reports for such offsets as long as you indicate in the offsets that there were likely more CO2e emissions than reported 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. Keep in mind that we consider that our reports represent an “at least” amount of CO2e emissions, and it’s likely that more CO2e gases are emitted than reported.
can email us at [email protected] if you would like more information about our CO2e emissions estimation & reporting program, or if you’re interested in learning more about less carbon intensive shipping solutions. You can also learn more at our sustainability web page.