Welcome to the REff Tool®, the GHG assessment Tool for logistics sites!

How resource efficient are the services at your warehouses, transhipment sites or distribution centres?

Carbon footprinting is regarded as one means of enhancing transparency on where greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are produced within a transport chain and, thus, limiting the emissions and improving the efficiency of transport and transhipment, on both the demand and supply sides of the market. In order to meet global GHG reduction targets and to realize sustainable transport chains, standardization of emissions calculation is progressing swiftly. Logistics sites have a connecting role within transport chains and play their part in contributing to overall logistics emissions.

The present REff Tool® is the result of a number of interlinked projects and activities in close cooperation with and the support of various partners: e.g. the German R&D project Green Logistics and GILA, LEARN project (co-funded by the EU), the Global Logistics Emissions Council GLEC, EcoTransIT World, Sustainable Performance Monitor, Greenrouter and others.

The cooperation of these partners aims at

  • Providing business a tool that measures and monitors the resource consumption and emissions efficiency at logistics sites,
  • Monitoring resource efficiency and developing further KPIs in the storage and transhipment sector.

The current version of the tool provides the possibility for data input and GHG emissions calculation with focus on warehouses, transhipment sites and distribution centres.

Participating companies receive

  • A guided tour through the data collection for preparing the calculation of GHG emissions of one or more sites
  • The calculated annual carbon footprint per site [tonnes CO₂e/a]
  • Average emission intensity values per site [kg CO₂e/tonne]
  • Possibility to monitor the company's resource efficiency over the years.

The underlying methodology is described in the 'Guide for GHG emissions accounting at logistics sites' that can be downloaded here.

Together with its partners, Fraunhofer IML has elaborated a first set of average emission intensity values for logistics sites. We continuously work on this topic and plan to update these values in the future. You can download further information and values here.

The REff Tool® is accredited by Smart Freight Centre to provide calculations of greenhouse gas emissions for freight and logistics operations that are in methodological conformance with the GLEC Framework (accreditation statement).

Provided data is treated strictly confidential. All data at the individual site level obtained through this tool will be anonymised. Under no circumstances will the identifiers be made available to individuals.

For requesting an individual account or to receive further information, please contact us at contact-reff@iml.fraunhofer.de.

In 2021 we have conducted a market study on "Energy efficiency and GHG emission intensity of logistics sites". Results of the market study have been presented in our GILA webinar on February 3rd, 2022.

The webinar slides can be downloaded here.

Are you interested in participating in our next market study (start May 2022)?

We will post the start here. Or follow us in our GILA LinkedIn Group!