Blog Series Emissions #1 Carbon Reduction

Emissionsberechnung_80x80The demand for green logistics and emission reporting for transports is constantly growing among the transportation chain. In the first part of our emission blog series, we outline the need and benefits as well as the important factors of carbon reduction.

Need and benefits of carbon reduction

The progression of climate change is particularly relevant for the logistics industry: The changing conditions like new environmental standards mean that market risks can change (e.g. introducing low-emission zones, new innovation in the transportation industry).

Many companies face the need of reducing carbon because of legal requirements, cost reductions, image reasons, stakeholder expectations or the like. In order to reduce emissions, it is necessary to calculate consumption. This allows for example to draw comparisons and to evaluate effects of reduction activities. In several countries the determination of a company’s carbon footprint is prescribed by government, e.g. it is an obligation for all listed companies in the UK to report their emissions. Even if it is not obliged to report it, it is often expected by customers and other stakeholders. The emission information flow becomes more and more important along the transportation chain.

As a company involved in transportation, the reporting of emissions provides significant benefits. Apart from the fulfillment of government obligations and customer expectations, it leads to more transparency. Aiming at reducing carbon consumption, the current consumption has to be determined. Through this, internal processes are viewed and analyzed. Improvement potentials and optimizations can be recognized, accessed and evaluated. Also costs get more transparent and can be reduced by reducing carbon consumption. Understanding the company’s activities and their according fuel consumption allows active management of activities and increase of efficiency.

Reduction of carbon

Carbon redcution needs to be measured. This is only possible, if current consumption values are available and the development can be viewed over time. A continuous process of checking and monitoring of progress is needed.

The FTA defines the following main key factors for reducing carbon:

  • Use the right vehicle for right operations
  • Manage fuel use
  • Reduce vehicle miles and resources

All of the relevant emissions of CO2, air pollutants, and other greenhouse gases
are calculated depending on the vehicle configuration, empty weight and load weight,
together with the road and traffic situation (uphill and downhill terrain, road type, etc.). Therefore, it should be tracked by the company’s transport management software solution. See how Hermes transport logistics manages emissions with the PTV xServer:


The demand for green logistics and emissions reporting for transports is constantly growing among the transportation chain.It is a proof of better quality in business services as companies can prove that they are dealing with their own environmental aspects. The emission calculation should be included in the company’s transport management software solution, where its vehicles and routes are managed, as these are the key factors for reducing carbon.

The resulting whitepaper of the cooperation of Dr. Jacques Leonardi and the PTV Group can be downloaded here: How do you cut costs by cutting carbon?

BlogSeriesGot an idea of the benefits of emission reducing and reporting and want to know more about how emissions can be calculated for your fleet? Don’t miss the second post of our emission blog series next Wednesday about Carbon Calculation.

Blog Series about Emissions starting on Wednesday

Emissionsberechnung_80x80Tomorrow, we will start our blog post series about Green Logistics focusing on emissions.

“As both politics and transport companies are forced to act, having an eye on the carbon footprint of logistics services is more important then ever.”

Dr. Jacques Leonardi

The progression of climate change is particularly relevant for the logistics industry. Together with Dr. Jacques Leonardi, Senior Research Fellow for Transport Studies at the University of Westminster, the PTV Group developed a white paper “How do you cut
costs by cutting carbon?”

On the next few Wednesdays we will show on our blog, how emission cutting and tracing can affect logistics and how PTV xServer supports emission calculation and reporting. Covering the three topics Carbon Reduction, Calculation and Reporting you will get an overview of emissions on business and technical aspects.


#1 Carbon Reduction

On our first post we outline the needs and benefits of carbon reduction and reporting for logistic companies. Information resulting from the cooperation with Dr. Jacques Leonardi help you to get an impression of the importance of emission transparency.

#2 Carbon Calculation

The goal to reduce emissions comes along with the need of tracing and comparing trip and fleet data. Current emissions of a fleet have to be determined in order to set reduction goals and to trace improvements. Therefore, our second blog post informs you about emission data and carbon calculation on the example of the PTV xServer. It supports different emission factors and calculation approaches like for example HBEFA, CEN and COPERT. This post helps you to understand the differences of these approaches and to chose a suitable data basis for your emission calculation.

#3 Carbon Reporting

On the third part of our series, we dive into technical details how emission reports can be generated with PTV xServer. In a small How-To-Description, we provide all information needed to report emission data using PTV xServer. Example requests as well as information for administrators help you to get started.

42er_Icon-rot_NewsOur “Emission Wednesdays” start tomorrow, so don’t miss our first post!

Report from the research

Cutting CO2 emissions in road traffic? eCoMove shows how it is done!

Road transport is one of the biggest sources of air pollution. Therefore, this is an important area with considerable leverage for CO2reduction and climate protection.

That is the reason why the EU Commission promotes projects which tackle this problem. The EU-funded eCoMove project consists of 31 project partners investigating the question of how to reduce travel times in cities and protect the climate by intelligently combining the latest vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies.


Presentation of results at final event in Aix-La-Chapelle

The eCoMove research partners will present their results at the final event which takes place in Aachen (Aix-La-Chapelle) on 20 and 21 November. Demonstrations in vehicles and other devices as well as presentations provide plenty of information for drivers and traffic managers on how to improve journey time and protect the environment.

PTV Group – the intermediary between technology and people

PTV Group is involved in different knowledge areas that are part of the project. Its team of transportation experts uses appropriate standards and languages in order to transmit traffic forecasts, route recommendations and traffic information to signal control systems, traffic centres and vehicles, enabling traffic management and logistics centres to manage traffic in an eco-friendly and efficient way. If you want to learn more about our involvement in the project, visit the final event.

The future of Logistics, supporting Emobility, research for safer tunnels – Read more about research at PTV Group.

Our new post on YouTube

Green Logistics with the PTV Developer Components at Hermes Transport Logistic


Edit 09.01.2012: The video is now also available in Dutch. Click here …

Edit 18.01.2012: …. available in French. Click here …

One million freight transport orders annually, with each invoice reporting the precise order-related amount of CO2 emissions. To achieve this high level of service, Hermes Transport Logistics relies on solutions from PTV. Experience how the PTV Developer Components enable this precise emissions calculation.

The video is also available in German language. Click here …


PTV xServer add-on WebSDK – Code Sample Browser

The WebSDK is a web-based application that can execute and edit PTV xServer samples. You can access a demo version [here].

You select your sample in the upper area of the WebSDK. For convenient navigation, samples are filtered by business and use case. The lower area shows the actual sample, which includes a short background information and short instructions where necessary – samples are mostly self-explanatory.

In the left upper side of the sample area there are three small buttons that toggle between editing and execution modes, reset the sample, or open a help page. In the editing mode you can inspect sample sources, change them, and switch back to execution mode for a live demonstration.

Have fun exploring the riches of the PTV xServers!

For any questions feel free to contact the PTV xServer Support Team or the PTV Developer Sales Team.

Presentation: PTV Maps & Content – The production of data for logistic markets

Presentation of last xRadio Webinar “PTV Maps & Content – The production of data for logistic marketsnow available for download (section “Miscellaneous”). Available are:

If you want to access documents and samples of past xRadio sessions, you need to be a registered PTV DevelopersZone Forum user and logged in.

Also read our posts of  August 4, 2011:  PTV Maps & Content – more than 20 years experience in digital maps and of September 8, 2011:  PTV xServer Content – Installation and usage.