Understanding carbon emissions: importers and exporters

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Importers and Exporters: why you should fully understand your carbon emissions.

Sustainability is becoming a priority for businesses across all industries. Why? The main reason is simple: customers are more aware than ever that the way companies operate can be a real-life threat for life on our planet.

We live in an era characterised by the ease of access to information, and the amazing speed it can be shared.

It’s common knowledge that transport is an industry that produces carbon emissions from high-polluting commercial activities like importing, exporting, freight forwarding, and logistics.

Transparency is no longer optional for our sector, it’s expected. Consumers expect us to be transparent and responsible in our actions.

Governments around the world are addressing climate change. The economic importance of importing and exporting goods is undisputed, yet pressure from regulations and policies will only increase for this sector, in an effort to promote carbon offset, eco-shipping, and other sustainable activities.

Numbers speak for themselves:

The transport sector is a high-profile player when analysing gas emissions by sector: it’s the second-largest producer of carbon dioxide, only after energy use.

The emissions produced by shipping are the most harmful for the planet and, therefore, the ones with the worst reputation. They consist mainly of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, the two gases responsible for more than 80% of the global greenhouse gas emissions in the world.

So what does this mean for your company?

It means sustainability is a crucial business approach if you want to have a business with long-term value.

If you take the right initiatives when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint, you will improve your brand value, become more efficient in your logistics operations, reduce costs, attract and retain valuable staff and strengthen relations with your stakeholders.


Explorate can help you take 2 simple steps to make your short and long-term carbon reduction goals more easily attainable:

Understand your carbon emissions

First of all, you need to have high-quality emissions data.

Do you know how many tonnes of CO₂ emissions are you really producing when shipping, importing, or exporting? What’s your exact carbon footprint when moving cargo via air and ocean freight?

Explorate uses a fully accredited methodology to provide calculations of greenhouse gas emissions for freight and logistics operations. Our port-to-port carbon emission calculator allows importers and exporters to easily calculate the carbon emissions produced with air and ocean freight.

Action plan

Once you have trustworthy emissions data, you can start making well-informed decisions.

Explorate helps you take the correct next steps to achieve your carbon reduction goals with the most efficient spend.

We can advise you on options like carbon emission mitigation, carbon offset, and eco-shipping.

Our carbon offset program is a practical and flexible way to start taking action. With over 20+ offset partnerships available, we can offset your carbon emissions for you, or we can give you the amount of carbon emitted so that you can use it yourself.

We can also examine for you additional feasible ways of reducing the carbon footprint of your logistics operations, like speeding up empty containers turnaround, minimising ground transport, safely minimising packaging, and other eco-shipping-related measures.

Get in touch now to find out more information and get a free demo of our carbon offset program.