Ricoh announces the global release of BigMile, a software for calculating, analyzing and reporting transport-related CO2 emissions. “By standardizing BigMile globally, we can compare the emissions of different regions and we are ready for the growing regulatory reporting requirements,” says Martijn Spee of Ricoh Europe SCM.
Ricoh, a specialist in digital workplaces, has been a BigMile user since the beginning. The company continues to be committed to corporate social responsibility and has already received global recognition for its sustainability strategy. Reduction measures in supply chain and logistics are part of this strategy. Efforts to increase the load factor, use modal shift, and optimize traffic routes are now commonplace.
“Scope 3, indirect CO2 emissions, was introduced in 2015 as part of an overall reduction strategy,” says Martin Swinnerton, Business Excellence Manager at Ricoh. ‘Our transport is 100% outsourced, so collecting data from all carriers is complex. It took us a whole year to get a base. After three years, Excel should provide insight into CO2 emissions outside of Excel. We are looking for a solution where we don’t need to depend on carriers to provide their data.’
In addition, Ricoh wanted not only insights into total CO2 emissions, but also insights into emissions from different modes. paths and regions. ‘How are we going to do that for four million parcels?’ Martijn Spee, Transportation Manager, Ricoh. He underscores the need for specialized software to calculate the carbon footprint of transportation.
To compare emissions, a standard measurement method is essential. BigMile and the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) framework provide the answer. In this way we can not only compare carriers to each other, but also compare regions, routes or emissions of a tuk-tuk in Asia to a US heavy-duty truck,’ explains Spee.
At that time, Rico also chose Bigmile because it was a Dutch company. ‘Because everything was still in development, we wanted to have a supplier close to home,’ says Spee. It is significant for both Bigmile and Ricoh that the Japanese multinational Bigmile is now expanding into five global regions (North America, Latin America, EMEA, APAC and Japan). Ricoh Europe is the pioneer for regions like Latin America and Asia. The locals are happy with this Best practices They were informed in advance. Each region will soon be able to upload its own data to Bigmile.’
BigMile helps build regional strategy, Spee believes. ‘Our strategy is to become carbon neutral. This means that to achieve a 40 percent reduction in 2030 compared to 2020, we need to achieve at least a 4 percent annual reduction globally, which is our target for Scope 3. And each region has freedom in how it achieves this: more sustainable transport solutions, network efficiency or better load factors,’ says Spee.
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Sven Boot, Business Development Manager at Bigmile: ‘Rico is our first customer to roll out globally. We are very proud of Rico’s trust in us. They continue to help the entire sector work towards a greener future. We want to evolve and innovate with them.’
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