Global environmental verification body Verifavia has announced its approval from transport body Smart Freight Centre under its Conformity Assessment Scheme.

The Smart Freight Centre’s Conformity Assessment Scheme (SFC CAS) is Verifavia’s next phase in its efforts to find and promote logistics carbon reduction options.

The Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework was established by Smart Freight Centre to educate companies about actions that cut emissions and measure progress toward climate goals.

This laid the groundwork for ISO 14083, the ultimate standard for transport carbon accounting, which was published in early 2023 as a unified approach for the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from passenger and freight transportation.

Christoph Wolff, CEO of Smart Freight Centre, emphasised how its system can “harmonise” logistics.

Wolff said: “Comparing GHG emissions across different modes of transport or suppliers can be like comparing apples with oranges.

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“That’s why the GLEC Framework was developed, to harmonise the calculation and reporting of logistics GHG emissions across multi-modal supply chains. It is the primary industry guideline to support implementation of ISO 14083, and can be implemented by shippers, carriers and logistics service providers.”

Following the first-ever Smart Freight Centre Verification and Validation Bodies (VVB) obligatory training and exam, Verifavia earned the first formal approval as a VVB.

According to Smart Freight, ensuring third-party verification is essential to the credibility of sustainability reporting, “it provides trust that the information is accurate, relevant, reliable and complete”.

Through its scheme, Smart Freight ensures a “consistent evaluation” for assessing GHG emissions.

The European Commission (EC) has recently introduced a new proposal for intermodal freight transport, which aims to enhance sustainability and add to the Greening Freight Package.