Cooperation between BigMile and GS1 Germany offers participating companies easier implementation of their reduction targets with free use of functions of the “BigMile” tool.

Green logistics, sustainable CO2 footprint: “There is a lot going on in the industry here, for example in our Lean and Green initiative,” explains Oliver Püthe, logistics expert at GS1 Germany. The initiative networks manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies that want to reduce their emissions of the climate-damaging greenhouse gas CO2 and supports them in planning and implementing suitable measures.

Participating companies receive certification from TÜV Nord for achieving reduction targets. “The path to this goal should be as simple as possible, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, low effort is crucial,” Püthe continues. The collection and transmission of data to TÜV Nord as part of the CO2 reduction campaign will therefore now be even easier for participants in the Lean and Green Initiative. GS1 Germany is cooperating with BigMile, a platform for optimising the CO2 footprint in the transport sector.

The cooperation enables companies to submit their data in a simple structured process and then calculate the carbon footprint. In addition, the Big Mile tool offers users various approaches for optimising the emissions balance and identifying CO2 emission reductions. These approaches are effective, for example, in the optimisation of cargo space, the identification of round trips or the optimisation of the location structure.

In the future, the solution will replace the action plan and the dashboard, thus reducing the effort for users. It also requires less prior knowledge of CO2 balancing – an important aspect especially for small and medium-sized players. The free offer enables up to five reportings per year. The data required for this can be sent to the tool via interfaces to transport management and ERP systems or simply by CSV upload, which in turn form the basis for the balancing.

Another decisive advantage of the BigMile tool is that it speeds up auditing by TÜV Nord. The auditors receive all the information from the individual companies in a uniform format and do not have to familiarise themselves with different presentations again and again, as was previously the case.

“Sustainable transport and logistics play an essential role in Essity’s strategy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Our membership in the Lean and Green initiative is an important building block for this. With the help of the BigMile Tool, we have now been able to further professionalise CO2 balancing and initiate improvements where necessary,” explains Gretta Schoonderbeek, Customer Logistics Manager Retail Netherlands & DACH at hygiene and healthcare company Essity.

“With the tightening of climate policy requirements at European and national level, it has become essential for companies to identify and exploit all potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” comments Tobias Häßler, Managing Director of BigMile Germany GmbH.

“The insights gained for this purpose with the BigMile platform provide our customers with far-reaching options for individual, goal-oriented action. They range from avoidance, consolidation and optimisation of transport chains to sensible modality changes or a sustainable fleet mix. The cooperation with GS1 creates the conditions for a large number of companies to quickly and easily integrate the BigMile tool into their climate protection concept.”

Lean and Green partners such as Essity and Chep are already using BigMile for their activities in the Netherlands.