The CO₂ Insights tool was developed by Swiss retailer Migros and Empa, a research institute for materials science and technology, and relies on location data and services from Here Technologies. -...

The CO₂ Insights tool was developed by Swiss retailer Migros and Empa, a research institute for materials science and technology, and relies on location data and services from Here Technologies. 

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Location data provider Here Technologies announced a new commercial fleet analytics tool at CES on Jan. 5. The tool predicts the amount of carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions per route, considering factors such as vehicle and fuel type, traffic conditions, and the road networks’ physical attributes, including topography, curvature, slope and elevation, according to a news release.

CO₂ Insights also recommends the most appropriate commercial vehicle with the most appropriate engine (diesel, electric, bio-gas, or hydrogen) to produce the least CO₂ for any given route, helping fleets transition to CO₂ neutral.

CO₂ Insights – under the name of M Opex Tower – was developed by leading Swiss retailer Migros and its strategic partner Empa, relying on Here's location data and services. Migros has used the tool to investigate the environmental impact of its own fleet and drive the transition from diesel vehicles to alternative fuel options such as biogas, electric, and hydrogen. The retailer built its CO₂ analytical tool with the Here Routing API, enabling fleet managers to deliver optimized navigation routes incorporating the attributes of the roadway, legal, and physical restrictions and adjusted road hierarchy and topology.

CO₂ Insights is certified by myclimate, an organization that helps calculate and offset emissions. For this offset, the CO₂ calculation takes into account the energy consumed for transportation (tank-to-wheel) and emissions from fuel production (well-to-tank). Indirect emissions from vehicle manufacturing, maintenance and disposal, as well as the emissions produced to build the infrastructure used by the vehicle are also considered. The CO₂ calculation is certified according to DIN EN 16258 and ISO 14040.

“Sustainability has always played a major role for Migros," said Rainer Deutschmann, director security & traffic, Federation of Migros Cooperatives. "The innovative tool we have recently developed helps us reach our goal to reduce CO₂ emissions in road transport by 70% by 2030 and thus consolidate our position as one of the most sustainable retailers in the world. With its extensive network in the transport and logistics industry, Here Technologies is the right partner to get other companies to benefit from our innovation.”

“In addition to offering our customers the fastest and shortest routes, we are now in a position to predict the amount of CO₂ produced by any given type of commercial truck on any given route," added Jørgen Behrens, chief product officer at Here Technologies. "We can even identify which combination of truck model and fuel is least polluting. We are proud to see our road attributes powering CO₂ Insights in support of building CO₂ neutral fleets. This is an important contribution to help the EU reach its objectives of climate neutrality by 2050."

CO₂ Insights will be free of charge for evaluation purposes until March 31, 2022, for Here's customers.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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