Since the first quarter of last year, there has been an international standard for allocating carbon emissions from activities in the transport chain: ISO 14083. Based on these requirements, logistics companies and their service-providers can clearly calculate, allocate and share their carbon footprint within the chain.
Van den Bosch achieved the result following an independent review by LRQA, with its carbon calculation meeting the requirements of ISO 14083. LRQA is an organisation with expertise in certification, accredited to the ISO 17021 standard.
Van den Bosch was part of a pilot group set up by Topsector Logistiek. Topsector Logistiek is a tripartite partnership between people from the business community, science and the government.
The pilot group was set up in order to translate the ISO standard into a practical guide which also included a self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) for assessing ISO 14083 within the organisation.
“The verified CO2 calculation means that we can meet customer requirements by being able to allocate CO2 emissions to specific shipments, modalities and suppliers, for example, in accordance with the standard” said Brecht den Otter, sustainability specialist at Van den Bosch.
“Besides this being a milestone in terms of our carbon calculation, it also represents a step forward on our route to 2030 where sustainability is a major focus. We can be proud of this achievement which fits in precisely with our sustainability concept from that strategy. We are now able to set realistic carbon reduction targets for 2030.”