Professor Arpad Horvath at UC Berkley has conducted extensive research on the emission profiles for various modes of freight transportation. Leveraging his groundbreaking scientific publications, we have developed a calculator which accurately measures the carbon emissions for a particular shipment. Our calculator uses the weight of the package as well as the detailed routing information including mode of transportation by shipment leg to determine the total miles traveled and overall greenhouse gas emissions for the shipment.
Most people don't realize that the transportation mode and route of shipment has an enormous impact on the CO2 that is generated by a shipment. For example, a next day shipment from Seattle, WA to Los Angeles, CA often travels through shipper hubs that are located in the Eastern US. Ground Shipments tend to be more direct from origin to destination. Using our calculator and our mapping system, you can see the actual path of your shipments.
Below you'll see a sample of the pounds of CO2 generated by some typical air and ground shipments: