🌱 Introduction

Our methodology is accredited by the Smart Freight Centre.

At Searoutes, we want CO2e emissions estimation to be accessible quickly to the different stakeholders of the logistics, so it's easy to integrate into decision making. We are compliant with the GLEC Framework, which allows us to accurately measure and report CO2e emissions of Carriers, Freight Forwarders and Shippers.


At Searoutes, we believe logistics could become one of the main polluters in the near future, as the GLEC Framework puts it:

Comprising 23% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the transport sector is the third largest source of GHG emissions after industry and buildings. Freight transportation made up 36% of transport’s emissions in 2015, but is expected to be at least equivalent to passenger transport by 2050. [...] Without intervention, freight transport emissions will more than double by 2050.

Our modeling currently supports the following modes and regions:

:ship: SEA:airplane: AIR:truck: ROAD:bullettrain-side: RAIL🛥️ INLAND WATERS
SFC Accredited
Data SourceModelled & Default DataModelled & Default DataDefault DataDefault DataDefault Data
Asset Coverage+ 10,000 Vessels+40 Airplanes12 Truck categories7 vessel types
DistancesRoutes based on AISGreat CircleRoad networkOpen Rail MapRoutes based on AIS
Regions CoverageWorldWorldEurope, North & South America, Asia, Africa, OceaniaEurope, North & South America, Asia, Africa, OceaniaEurope, North America, China
:sake: Searoutes' Special SauceActual vessel speeds, distances, passages & ECA zones, IMO-specific, Vessel engine specificAll flight phases, Aircraft IATA specificSeamless integration of the location of cities, zip codes or addressesSeamless integration of the location of cities, rail terminals or addressesActual distances


Following GLEC's guidance, Searoutes' APIs estimate CO2e which is the common unit used to represent the global warming impact of the various Green House Gases. The estimations of our CO2e are indirect emissions from the reporting company’s supply chain. This includes transportation emissions required to move goods from suppliers to the reporting company and from the reporting company to the end customer. In other words, Searoutes' APIs encompass Scope 3 emissions, as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Further, our estimations include the full fuel life cycle, comprised of well-to-tank (WTT), the emissions to extract, produce and deliver energy, and tank-to-wheel (TTW), the emissions caused to move the vehicle.

Searoutes' approach to CO2e calculations is to make use of the most granular data possible for estimations, and expose an easy to use API.

Data Input:ship: SEA:airplane: AIR:truck: ROAD:bullettrain-side: RAIL🛥️ INLAND WATERS
RequiredFrom, To (UNLOCODE)From, To (IATA codes)From, to (as UNLOCODE or latitude, longitude)From, to (UNLOCODE or latitude, longitude)From, to (UNLOCODE or latitude, longitude)
OptionalVessel IMO, Carrier, # Containers, container sizes and types, Load WeightAircraft IATA Code, Load WeightFuel Type, Truck Size, Load WeightFuel Type, Load WeightvesselType, Load Weight, # Containers, container sizes and types


The following partners help us enrich and distribute CO2e data. They help us make it more accessible to the different stakeholders of the logistics.

Smart Freight CentreGLECOHB Luxspace

Main references

Our main references for the methodology below include:

  • EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook 2019;
  • GLEC Framework version 3 (2023).
  • Third / Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2020;

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