Carbon emissions from different transport modes


Focus on carbon emissions when choosing the right transport solution

Every company and supply chain is different. Perhaps you need solutions for import, export or both. Perhaps you are a trading company buying products or services from other companies, perhaps you have a local production of varying commodities, or perhaps you hold production in another country. No matter how your supply chain is organised, you need the right arrangement of your transport and logistics to keep the wheels turning.

Carbon emissions from global supply chains are affecting our climate negatively. However, you can choose between several transport modes to lower the carbon emissions from your company’s supply chain. 

The main factors influencing the choice of transport mode are usually:

  • Rate of speed
  • Cost-efficiency
  • Routing/distance 

What is most important to you?

The main rule is that slower transport modes are emitting less carbon into our atmosphere. Transporting larger quantities over long distances is hereby most environmentally friendly by sea freight or rail freight. Transporting smaller quantities over shorter distances is most environmentally friendly by road transport. Another factor is that the longer the transit time, the lower the cost of transport usually is. So, by choosing sea or another transport mode with longer transit time, the lower are carbon emissions and costs.
However, this requires that your company is organised for a slow-paced supply chain. Depending on your need for regularity and capacity, this can include changes in the planning. We do see examples of company’s using this focus on environment actively in their branding or marketing as a justification for longer waiting times for products or services. 

If your company depends on the fastest delivery options available on the market, air freight for longer distances or courier services for shorter distances are possible. These solutions are in the high end of the price range and cause much carbon emissions compared to the amount of goods transported.

Replacing fossil fuels with greener options

A vital invention for the transport and logistics industry is the development of alternative fuels. These – often bio – fuels replace the oil-based fuels that are causing massive amount of carbon emissions into our atmosphere. Some alternative fuels can even reduce carbon emissions with up to 90%. 

Alternative fuels exist for all modes of transport, replacing fossil fuels. However, the development of alternative fuels still has great potential. Today, Blue Water offers the insetting method (replacing fossil fuel with alternative fuel such as bio) though the internationally acknowledged partner GoodShipping.

When purchasing fuel shift on a specific amount of CO2, GoodShipping replaces the equivalent amount of fuel with a greener alternative on their vessels somewhere else in the supply chain. By this method, the emitted amount of fuel is not just compensated for, it is lowered in the global supply chain, causing an actual reduction in CO2 emitted into our atmosphere. 

Have your carbon emissions calculated by our CO2 Calculator

We can analyse the carbon footprint from your company through the Eco TransIT CO2 calculator for all global transport and logistics. It is the most widely used software worldwide for calculations of carbon emissions. 

Based on transport distances and energy consumption it can calculate and deliver details, figures and reports on CO2 and CO2 equivalents such as air pollutants SOx or NOx. With insights provided by the calculator, it becomes easier to see through exactly where in the supply chain we can lower carbon emissions and improve conditions for sustainable growth.

This may cover supply chain optimisation by re-routing traffics to minimise carbon emissions, choose transport modes with lower emissions impacts or to re-organise shipment size, regularity and flow. 

Make the right decision based on skilled guidance

Transforming your company into a greener version of itself is a challenging task, however, it is necessary for many companies in today’s world to maintain competitive power with changing consumer demands and also legislation making it obligatory.

Especially, the supply chain can be a tough nut to crack. At Blue Water, we offer different transport modes and methods to improve the efficiency and environmental friendliness of every supply chain.

With skilled guidance from our global specialists, you are equipped for making the right decisions. Now is the time to act - let's go greener together.

Together we can make your supply flow greener

CO2 calculator

  • Analysis of carbon footprint with EcoTransIT
  • For all global transport and logistics 
  • Air pollutants CO2, SOx, NOx, NMHC and PM10
  • GLEC accredited & European Standard EN 1625

Supply chain optimisation

  • Analysis and calculation
  • Challenging existing solution
  • Modelling and motivating towards a greener model
  • Alternatives to costs, speed and emissions

Load optimisation

  • Utilisation of load compartment
  • Double-stacking of pallets
  • SpaceInvader setup
  • Fleet management

Alternative fuels / Insetting

  • Partnership with GoodShipping
  • Alternatives existing for all modes of transport
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Replacing fossil fuels
  1. We calculate CO2 emissions from your freight route with us
  2. You receive a price per tonne of CO2 reduced through fuel switch
  3. We confirm the order with you
  4. We place the order with GoodShipping
  5. We confirm the order and invoice you
  6. You receive a CO2 reduction certificate from GoodShipping

CO2 Compensation / Offsetting

  • Partnership with Gold Standard
  • Purchasing emission reductions
  • Supporting sustainability projects
  • Certified compensation
  1. We calculate CO2 emissions from your freight route with us
  2. You receive a price per tonne of CO2 reduced through offsetting
  3. You confirm the order with us
  4. We place the order with Gold Standard
  5. We confirm the order and invoice you
  6. You receive a carbon offsetting certificate from Gold Standard
  • Handling of wooden packaging

    By using wood packaging that is approved and treated according to international standards, the risk of introducing pests is minimised

  • Sea freight or air freight?

  • FCL or LCL?