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BIFA helps members calculate emissions with new online tool

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The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is building upon its cooperation with Pledge, a carbon emissions measurement and offsetting platform for freight forwarders, by allowing visitors to the trade association’s website direct access to Pledge’s Freight Emissions Calculator.

BIFA announced its cooperation with Pledge in January this year and this has seen the latter provide BIFA with some important resources that will support members in their journey to more environmentally sustainable operations.

Members can try Pledge’s Freight Emissions Calculator via the BIFA website for a capped number of uses, or sign up to a 14-day free trial of the full platform to explore how it can help meet emissions regulations, set emissions targets, and determine reduction strategies.

To get started, users enter the origin, destination, shipment weight, and mode of transport of a shipment, which then generates a Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) accredited and ISO:14083-aligned emissions calculation.

Steve Parker, BIFA’s Director General said: “I am very pleased that Pledge has made this calculator available via the BIFA website for our members to use.

“The need to understand and address the environmental impact of global supply chains grows by the day.

“Our members face pressure from various bodies, and increasingly their own customers, to demonstrate how they are able to calculate the freight emissions associated with a shipment. This is an important tool for BIFA members to help their clients meet their reporting obligations.

“Our cooperation with Pledge and this latest initiative is designed to help BIFA members, small and large, to demonstrate the actions they are taking to obtain thorough visibility of their carbon footprint and that of the shipments they handle, as well as the actions that they can take in order to reduce both.”

This thorough visibility is afforded by Pledge’s unique Clarity™ feature, part of its Freight Emissions Calculator, which breaks down the methodology used to calculate carbon emissions, while also highlighting any assumptions that were made, to provide end-to-end transparency throughout the supply chain.

David de Picciotto, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pledge said: “Through our collaboration with BIFA, Pledge is proud to empower the freight and logistics industry with tools that drive sustainability.

“By embedding our Freight Emissions Calculator on its website, BIFA is again showing its commitment to giving members the tools to begin their journey towards decarbonisation.

“Together, we’re not just calculating emissions: we’re helping catalyse a new era of sustainability in transport and logistics.”

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Australia ‘outraged’ over aid worker killed in Gaza

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Australia ‘outraged’ over aid worker killed in Gaza

Worker Zomi Frankcom, an aid worker with the World Central Kitchen charity, has tragically lost her life in Gaza due to an Israeli air strike, sparking outrage and demands for transparency from Australia. Foreign Minister Penny Wong has called for a thorough inquiry into the incident, which also resulted in the deaths of six other charity workers.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has expressed his desire to directly speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the death of Ms Frankcom. Netanyahu has acknowledged the incident as an unintended strike on innocent individuals, stating that such events unfortunately occur in the midst of conflict. He has promised a comprehensive investigation into the matter.

Amid escalating tensions between Australia and Israel, Senator Wong emphasized Australia’s strong stance on accountability for the death of humanitarian workers. She stressed the need for a transparent inquiry and full explanation, as well as accountability for those responsible.

Mr Albanese has labeled the deaths of the aid workers as “completely unacceptable,” emphasizing the tragedy of the situation. The Australian Palestine Advocacy Network has gone a step further, calling the deaths not just a tragedy but a crime, and urging the government to take decisive action against Israel.

Ms Frankcom’s family, friends, and colleagues have been left devastated by her untimely demise. Described as a kind and selfless individual, Ms Frankcom’s legacy of compassion and bravery in helping those in need is being mourned by those who knew her.

World Central Kitchen, the charity for which Ms Frankcom was working, has paused its operations in Gaza in the wake of the incident. Chief executive Erin Gore condemned the attack as unforgivable, highlighting the dangers faced by humanitarian organizations in conflict zones.

The Australian government remains firm in its demand for accountability and justice in the wake of this tragedy. While Israel has expressed regret for the incident, the international community, including Australia, is pushing for a transparent investigation and assurance that such events will not be repeated in the future.

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Russian Government Urges Australian Embassy to Remove Social Media Post

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Russian Government Urges Australian Embassy to Remove Social Media Post

Embassy officials from the Australian embassy in Moscow have been summoned by Russian authorities following a social media post that criticized the holding of Russian presidential elections in occupied parts of Ukraine. The Russian foreign ministry stated that the post, made on the Telegram platform, questioned Russia’s territorial integrity and contained false information about the voting process in various Russian regions during the presidential election on March 15-17.

Australia’s Chargé d’affaires was informed that the online post was considered as interference in Russia’s internal affairs. The Russian government demanded that the message be removed and that measures be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The Australian embassy’s post on Telegram on March 19, in Russian language, highlighted Australia’s stance on the election conducted by Russia in Ukrainian territories. The post emphasized that these actions by Russia undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence. Australia rejected the outcome of the election and reiterated its call for Russia to withdraw from Ukraine’s internationally recognized territory.

The Russian presidential election, which saw President Vladimir Putin declared the winner with over 87% of the vote, took place in areas of Ukraine that Russia claims to have annexed, including Crimea and parts of four regions seized after its 2022 invasion.

The incident underscores the ongoing tensions between Russia and Western countries, including Australia, regarding the situation in Ukraine. Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its continued involvement in Ukrainian affairs have been met with strong opposition and condemnation from the international community.

Australian embassy officials have not yet responded publicly to the Russian government’s demands regarding the social media post. It remains to be seen how the Australian government will address the issue and whether the post will be removed as requested by Russian authorities.

As the diplomatic exchange continues between Russia and Australia, the situation highlights the importance of careful communication and diplomacy in addressing sensitive political issues. The tension over the Ukrainian territories and the implications of the Russian presidential election in those areas serve as a stark reminder of the complex challenges facing the international community today.

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What Happened When McDonald’s System Crashed Worldwide!

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What Happened When McDonald's System Crashed Worldwide

McDonald’s says a worldwide IT outage that hindered its servers from processing payments and resulted in restaurants closing across the country and elsewhere on Friday evening was not a cybersecurity violation.

The firm has also confirmed some of its food outlets’ systems are back up and running, and it is currently working to restore service to the rest of its restaurants as soon as possible.

The difficulty is being resolved, according to a McDonald’s spokesman.

“We thank customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

“Notably, the issue is not related to a cybersecurity event.”

The outage primarily affected the company’s internal systems, with one McDonald’s employee telling the ABC that servers couldn’t see anything on their computer monitors.

It also affected the MyMacca’s app, with notifications being sent to global outage tracker Downdetector from around 4 p.m. AEDT.

McDonald’s employees put up signs telling customers they were unsure when the issues would be fixed.(Digital Daily News)

The technology meltdown affected the fast-food supply chain’s worldwide operations, with stores being closed in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Restaurants in Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, and Austria were also reportedly affected.

McDonald’s has around 1,000 restaurants in Australia, according to its website.

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