Published: Tue, Sep 10, 2019
Type: Publication

The Smart Freight Procurement (SFP) Guidelines provide professionals engaged in logistics procurement, supply chain and logistics management, and logistics emissions management with an action-based guideline on how to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollutants from their freight transport and logistics procurement practices. The SFP Guidelines lead organizations in their practical journey to low-carbon freight logistics and procurement.

The SFP Guidelines outline several actions that companies can take in four procurement phases: planning, tendering, contracting and contract-based supplier management. A preliminary phase intended to set an organization’s internal environment and ensure its readiness to undertake the actions to achieve the low-carbon procurement of smart freight and logistics services precedes the four operational phases.  In particular, top management support is critical to making the significant changes required to shift from a cost-focused procurement approach to a procurement process that also prioritizes reductions in GHG and air pollutant emissions.

An overview table displays all actions, allowing organizations to efficiently identify the detailed actions for implementation relevant to them. Specific toolboxes enable organizations to immediately understand the actions identified. When possible, examples from company experiences and best practices illustrate the actions, highlighting how the action can contribute to GHG emissions reductions. The example’s description also outlines the impacts/lessons learned.

By implementing the SFP Guidelines, organizations can map their alignment with low emissions logistics and freight procurement and identify and address existing gaps through the implementation of the suggested actions. This alignment can extend to your organization’s entire logistics procurement policies and procedures. Alternatively, you may choose to only implement certain actions for a specific objective.

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