Posts tagged ‘Climate Change’

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

Repower America

In 2008, Al Gore presented a speech that his team called “an unprecedented challenge to policy makers and entrepreneurs”.  It challenged America to obtain 100% of it’s power from clean energy sources within 10 years.

To encourage and help lead America through this change the organization Repower America was created and  in just over one year they’ve signed up over 2 million members.

Just last week they unveiled a new campaign designed to demonstrate broad national consensus for action on clean energy and climate – the Repower Wall. Using an innovative, multimedia approach, business, faith, military, science and environmental leaders join thousands of grassroots supporters to add your voice.

“The Repower Wall shows once and for all that Americans support immediate action to build a clean energy future and solve the climate crisis,” said Alliance for Climate Protection President and CEO Maggie L. Fox. “Americans from all walks of life are joining the call to share their resolve to move America forward. As they do and the numbers and voices swell to a wave that will break and show our leaders that we are past ready for a clean energy future.”

Already, over 12 000 individuals and several major corporations such as Nike, Gap, Inc. and Starbucks have shared their voice accompanied by their photo (or logo).

The campaign has attracted a wave of messages from workers, business executives, military veterans, faith leaders, elected officials, entertainers, activists and people from across the country, demonstrating the deep and broad support for swift action on climate change and a transition to a new 21st century clean energy economy.

Add your voice to the Repower Wall.

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