Why 7bridges uses the GLEC Framework for Scope 3 emissions

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As sustainability reporting requirements are increasing, such as with the introduction of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), supply chains will be faced with more and more data needs. 

In order to help businesses report their carbon emissions accurately and effectively, the Global Logistics Emissions Council created a data framework. We use this to help organisations get on top of their Scope 3 emissions reporting.

Need to know more about Scope 3 reporting? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Scope 3 Reporting workbook.

What is the GLEC Framework?

The GLEC Framework was created because freight transportation and logistics activities contribute 8–10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, they expect the fossil fuel-dependent transport sector is predicted to become the most carbon-intensive sector by 2040. Which, in a world pushing for ‘net-zero by 2050’, is a big deal. 

But carbon accounting, particularly for logistics and supply chain, is a relatively new practice. This means that there have been many different ways of doing it that don’t always align. So the GLEC Framework is a series of guidelines which make sure that emissions are recorded and reported in a standardised way, regardless of how small or large an organisation is.

Why do we use the GLEC Framework for measuring emissions?


With so many different providers and carriers involved in a supply chain, comparing their data can be really difficult. The GLEC Framework gives everyone in your supply chain a common language to use around emissions data. This means that when you’re looking from one provider to the next, you’ll have results that you can easily and quickly compare. 

Because our method of measuring your Scope 3 emissions enables you to analyse your emissions data repeatedly throughout the year, using a framework that makes comparison easy is important. This way you have access to all the information you need without needing a specialist to help you interpret anything.


Because the GLEC Framework was created by the Global Logistics Emissions Council, it has the backing to be a longstanding framework. It has already been vetted by experts in the logistics industry. That means people who really know what they’re talking about have come together and ensured that the important aspects of supply chain emissions data have been covered.

Also, when creating the Framework, the council worked with the Science-Based Targets Initiative and CDP to ensure that it works with several major industry standards and initiatives. It is also accredited by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol which works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses and other organisations to create effective greenhouse gas-related frameworks.

On top of that, the GLEC Framework is much more comprehensive than some other measurement methodologies. Since it covers more types of pollutants, carbon and carbon equivalents, as reporting requirements evolve, you’ll be more likely to already have the data you need to maintain compliance. 

All in all, the GLEC Framework is a useful way of making all the data from across your providers work in the same way. That makes it way easier to compare that data and make informed decisions. 

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