Posts tagged ‘Carbon Footprint’

Shaping Sustainable Fashion

The production, use and eventual disposal of most clothing is environmentally damaging, and many fashion and textile designers are becoming keen to employ more sustainable strategies in their work.  Shaping Sustainable Fashion provides a practical guide to the ways in which designers are creating fashion with less waste and greater durability.

Based on the results of extensive research into lifecycle approaches to sustainable fashion, the book is divided into four sections:

  • Source explores the motivations for the selection of materials for fashion garments and suggests that garments can be made from materials that also assist in the management of textile waste.
  • Make discusses the differing approaches to the design and manufacture of sustainable fashion garments that can also provide the opportunity for waste control and minimization.
  • Use explores schemes that encourage the consumer to engage in slow fashion consumption.
  • Last examines alternative solutions to the predictable fate of most garments – landfill.

Illustrated throughout with case studies of best practice from international designers and fashion labels and written in a practical, accessible style, this is a must-have guide for fashion and textile designers and students in their areas.

23/06/2011 at 8:56 am 1 comment

The Sustainable Operations Summit

Since its initial launch in 2006, the Sustainable Operations Summit has become the premier forum for leading organizations to share best practices and case studies regarding the greening of their facilities and operations.

This invitation-only event, which takes place May 15th – 17th, brings together key leadership from North America’s most influential organizations in both the private and public sectors to promote practices that benefit both the environment and the bottom line.  The overall theme at the summit is ROI: Reduce our Impact…Return on Investment.  We all realize that without documenting a true return on investment most initiatives will never get the green light!  The intimate and focused format of the summit provides executives with the tools necessary to keep their green initiatives thriving through the economic downturn and take their programs to greater levels of efficiency and innovation.

From exclusive keynote speakers to intimate roundtable discussions, the Sustainable Operations Summit provides organizations with the essential knowledge take-away that is all but absent at other industry events.

For an overview on this years Sustainble Operations Summit, click here.  To request an invite, click here.  

10/05/2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Coming to Grips with Climate Change

As the international community tries to come to grips with climate change, the difficulties of reaching agreement on the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide are becoming ever more apparent.

One sticking point involves the relative contribution of First and Third World countries to global warming.  Developing nations have contended that industrialized countries caused climate change and ought to bear the brunt of CO2 regulation.

The West points at exponential growth in China and India as a reason that regulation of carbon emissions must apply across the board.  For atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to stabilize, this chart clearly shows, the world’s major emitters – China, the U.S., India, Japan, Russia and the European Union, among others — will have to reduce their carbon footprints.  At the same time, it’s clear there is plenty of room for other, smaller countries to reduce their per capita contributions to a problem that threatens all.

08/02/2011 at 6:30 am 1 comment

Greening the Supply Chain: Businesses Unlock Hidden Value

Businesses are now seeing a return on investment from embedding sustainable practices into the procurement function, indicating an emerging trend in supply chain engagement and collaboration.  More than 50% of large businesses and 25% of their suppliers have seen cost savings as a result of carbon management activities.

This is according to The Carbon Disclosure Project 2011 Supply Chain Report, produced by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, which looks at climate change actions and performance of 57 of the leading global companies and 1,000 of their suppliers across a broad cross-section of industries.

Eighty-six percent of companies saw commercial benefits from working closely with suppliers to improve performance and mutual return on investment, up from 46% in 2009.  This jump is evidence of how sustainable procurement practices are addressing climate change and could have major impact on the supply chain, which for most companies accounts for at least 50% of carbon emissions.

PepsiCo, for example, has uncovered more than $60 million in energy savings opportunities and a 16% reduction in per-unit energy use across its beverage plants, as a result of its carbon management strategy and proprietary energy assessment tool.  “With a robust strategy and proven benchmarks in place, PepsiCo set out to engage and educate suppliers about potential opportunities to innovate their own operations,” said Walter Todd, Vice-President of Operations, PepsiCo UK & Ireland.  “By providing suppliers access to the same energy assessment tools we use in our own operations, we’ve seen mutual return on investment.”

With more than 79% of CDP Supply Chain member businesses now employing a formal climate change strategy (up from 63 percent in 2009), there has been a parallel shift in the key business drivers for action within the supply chain, affecting how large organizations and their suppliers engage and implement carbon management processes.

The increase in strategic awareness in 2010 has created a ripple effect across supply chain operations and processes, which have allowed businesses to more effectively leverage opportunities for top-line growth, savings and new carbon reductions. For example:

  • More than 50% of large businesses and 25% of their suppliers have seen cost savings as a result of carbon management activities
  • More businesses are training procurement staff in this area (up to 41% from 26% in 2009) and incentivizing staff through awards and recognition (up from 11% in 2009 to 25%)
  • Employee motivation and brand management have increased in priority by more than 50% of businesses; product differentiation has also become an increasingly important objective (60%).

Quality and consistency of reporting processes across the supply chain remain significant hurdles in advancing carbon management practices.  However, the development and use of standardized scorecards is emerging, which will enable more informed and strategic supplier measurement and selection.

  • The percentage of businesses which track and report supply chain emissions more than doubled to 45% in 2010
  • 72% of large businesses have their data verified externally; yet only 39% of suppliers do so due to the high costs associated with this process
  • Carbon management criteria is increasingly part of supplier selection – up to 17% from 11% and expected to be 29% in 5 years

“We’re seeing a shift among leading companies in the way they are implementing sustainable, quantifiable climate change policies and practices,” said Frances Way, Program Director, CDP. “Whereas last year we saw a rise in the number of large organizations embedding climate change policy into the business strategy; now these policies are increasingly being put into practice at an operational level, across the entire supply chain. What’s encouraging is that suppliers and large purchasing corporations alike are starting to realize the commercial benefits as a result of collaboration.”

Daniel Mahler, A.T. Kearney partner and study co-leader said, “Forward looking corporate executives are realizing that the implementation of carbon emission reduction programs deliver significant economic and strategic benefits for their organizations. Close collaboration with suppliers on these efforts multiplies the benefits.”

Information gathered from: ISSP and SustainableBusiness


01/02/2011 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

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