Today Convoy announced another step toward their goal of zero waste in shipping with their carbon offset program, in partnership with Carbonfund.org Foundation. This program, one of the first full truckload focused offset offerings, gives businesses the ability to ship carbon neutral with carbon offsets.
Convoy, a Seattle-based digital freight network, connects shippers with carriers and uses their technology to help shippers quantify their supply chain footprint. There has been a shift in the way sustainability advocates see scope 3 and the urgency with which companies address it — just in the last few years. Carbon offsets are an effective way for shippers to counteract their scope 3 carbon emissions produced during transportation.
Convoy estimates that full truckload freight shipping emits over 200 million metric tons of CO2 on an annual basis, and businesses regularly struggle with reducing and offsetting emissions from transportation due to limitations in reporting and tracking of the third parties involved. Convoy’s offset offering provides shippers a clean way to approach this problem.
Convoy is continuously working on reducing empty miles and the emissions associated with them through features such as Automated Reloads and Green Appointment Windows, but there are still emissions produced moving products where they need to be. By voluntarily purchasing a carbon offset, Shippers can address these emissions and commit to building a more sustainable supply chain.
Convoy has partnered with Carbonfund.org to invest in offset projects that create environmental benefits and improvements to their local communities, such as:
- Truck stop electrification that reduces the need for truck drivers to burn diesel to stay comfortable and operate electronics in their cabs;
- Forest conservation in the Amazon rainforest that mitigates deforestation pressures by providing alternative economic opportunities to local communities.