Logistics giant Maersk has partnered with Berlin-based startup Cozero in an effort to develop analytics tools for greater visibility of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in international e-commerce supply chains across Europe.
The reason for focusing specifically on international e-commerce is that ‘due to a higher supply chain complexity international parcels usually have a larger GHG footprint than domestic parcels’.
Maersk began operating heavily within the European e-commerce logistics sector in 2021 when it completed its acquisition of specialist e-commerce logistics firm B2C Europe. Since then, Maersk has ‘delivered millions of international parcels for European online-sellers’.
He added: “With Cozero’s technology we can provide our customers with detailed information on their emissions on every step and component of their international parcels’ journey. This will help them to make smart choices and significantly reduce their GHG footprint.”
Cozero’s platform will process detailed data on parcel weight, delivery routes, and transportation vehicles to provide ‘accurate emissions data’ to the standards of the GHG Protocol. This data can in turn be used by Maersk’s e-commerce customers to assess their emissions and work out how to reduce them.
Chief Executive of Cozero Helen Tacke said: “Our platform was developed to make emissions data in complex structures transparent, to understand them and, on this basis, to reduce the GHG footprint of companies and their value chain.”
This action is part of Maersk’s goal to have net zero emissions company-wide by 2040. It claims that ’emission visibility across the whole transport chain is a core prerequisite to reach these targets’.
The new analytics tool has already been trialled in its initial stages and will be available to a larger number of select Maersk E-Delivery customers from February 2023.