Driving decarbonization in shipping: Smart Freight Centre and ECG publish the first ever methodology harmonizing emissions accounting in the Ro-Ro segment

Brussels, 17 July, 2023 - Smart Freight Centre and ECG - The Association of European Vehicle Logistics, are pleased to announce the publication of the first harmonized methodology to account for GHG emissions from Ro-Ro operations.


The methodology is aligned with existing international standards regarding carbon accounting for the logistics industry namely the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework and ISO 14083.

The project, supported by Smart Freight Centre, was initiated by ECG in February 2023. Members of ECG operating in the Ro-Ro sector contributed their expertise and experience regarding input for harmonizing emissions accounting. The methodology will allow shipping lines to have a reference guidance which will support them and car manufacturers in their decarbonization journey.

“A unified and transparent GHG accounting and reporting methodology within the Ro-Ro sector is expected to trigger an increase of reporting and to lay a foundation for a more structured collaboration on GHG emission reduction initiatives”

Christoph Wolff
CEO, Smart Freight Centre

“There was no standard methodology for Ro-Ro operators before and everyone has been doing things differently. We have now reached a key milestone which will allow our Ro-Ro members to use a single methodology to calculate and report emissions”

Mike Sturgeon
ECG, Executive Director

This project is part of a wider effort towards harmonization of emissions accounting in automotive supply chains in alignment with ISO 14083. ECG, VDA – the German Association of the Automotive Industry and other European car manufacturers have been working since the beginning of 2023 to develop a methodology for inbound and outbound automotive logistics emissions. The results are expected in Q3 2023.

Ro-Ro participants in the project:

DFDS A/S, Euro Marine Logistics NV, Grimaldi Group S.p.A, Höegh Autoliners AS, Neptune lines, Suardiaz Shipping Lines, Toyofuji Shipping, UECC - United European Car Carriers, Wallenius Wilhelmsen

About Smart Freight Centre

Smart Freight Centre (SFC) is an international nonprofit organization focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from freight transportation. Smart Freight Centre’s vision is an efficient and zero emission global logistics sector. Smart Freight Centre works to guide the global logistics industry in tracking and reducing the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030 and to reach zero emissions by 2050 or earlier, consistent with a 1.5°C future.

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About ECG

ECG, the Association of European Vehicle Logistics, has been the voice of the Finished Vehicle Logistics industry in Europe since 1997. ECG represents the interests of more than 140 member companies and partners, from family owned SMEs to multi-nationals, and is the major champion of the European vehicle logistics sector. ECG represents all transport modes at EU level – road, rail, maritime and fluvial. ECG members provide transport, distribution, storage, preparation and post-production services to manufacturers, importers, car rental companies and vehicle leasing operators in the 27 Member States of the European Union as well as Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and beyond. They own or operate more than 360 car-carrying ships, 15,100 purpose-built railway wagons, 22 river barges and around 23,000 road transporters.

To learn more visit or follow ECG on LinkedIn