Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) recently certified Van den Bosch’s CO2 emission calculations and reporting as meeting the requirements in the ISO 14083:2023 standard for greenhouse gas quantification in transport operations.
Van den Bosch is the world’s first carrier to earn the distinction, the company reported.
“The verified CO2 calculation means that we can meet customer requirements by being able to allocate CO2 emissions to specific shipments, modalities, and suppliers, for example, in accordance with the standard,” Brecht den Otter, Van den Bosch sustainability specialist, said in a news release. “Besides this being a milestone in terms of our CO2 calculation, it also represents a step forward on our route to 2030, where sustainability is a major focus. We can be proud of this achievement which fits in precisely with our sustainability concept from that strategy.
“We are now able to set realistic CO2 reduction targets for 2030.”
LRQA’s independent verification confirms Van den Bosch’s CO2 emissions are calculated and reported in a “demonstrably reliable manner,” fully in line with European legislation and environmental requirements, the company said.
ISO 14083 has set the international standard for transportation emissions reporting since the first quarter of 2023. Based on these requirements, logistics companies and their service-providers can calculate, allocate, and share their carbon footprint within the supply chain. Van den Bosch achieved the result following its review by LRQA, which is accredited to the ISO 17021 standard for management systems certification.
Van den Bosch was part of a pilot group set up by Topsector Logistiek, a partnership between the business community, science, and government that was established to translate the standard into a practical guide that includes a self-assessment questionnaire for assessing ISO 14083 within the organization.
This result makes Van den Bosch the only company in the world to have both an in-house CO2 calculation and a CO2 platform that meet these requirements, allowing CO2 emissions to be calculated and allocated throughout the supply chain, the company said.