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Aldi commits to 2019 carbon neutrality goal 

Aldi commits to 2019 carbon neutrality goal  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

German grocery giant Aldi has announced a new sustainability goal, stating that all of its facilities across the UK and Ireland are to become carbon neutral by 2019. This will involve purchasing carbon credits as well as a range of green projects. Aldi, which has almost 800 stores across the UK and Ireland along with 11 distribution centres, has so far installed 338 solar panels and secured deals for 100% renewable electricity. The business has also invested £20mn ($25.6mn) on greener refrigeration systems. These will be installed in all new Aldi stores and should reduce greenhouse gas emissions per square metre of sales floor by 53% over the next six years.

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The use of renewable energy and reduction of carbon emissions in the supply chain are seen as one of the most effective approaches for companies to respond to climate change.

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Tesla, Infineon, Airbiquity, FlexDrive, Blink, Luxsoft, ParkMobile, Magneti Marelli & Octo

ENGIE Resources announced that it has now supplied enough Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to displace the estimated greenhouse gas emissions of more than 1 million passenger vehicles driven for a year. A REC is created when one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity is generated and delivered to the electricity grid from a renewable energy resource.
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Great job by ENGIE! This step has helped the company to see considerable growth in its renewable product offerings, which now help commercial, industrial, and institutional customers across the U.S. meet their sustainability commitments.

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Levi’s Plans to Slash Emissions in Global Supply Chain by 2025

Levi’s Plans to Slash Emissions in Global Supply Chain by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Levi Strauss & Co. is launching an effort to slash the environmental impact of the factories world-wide that make its apparel and accessories. By 2025, the denim brand wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in its supply chain, a sprawling set of third-party factories and mills in 39 countries that produce the bulk of its merchandise, from its iconic jeans to T-shirts, jackets and other goods.

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Great sustainable move by Levi! According to a study by EcoVadis it was found that only 15 percent of organizations have complete visibility into the CSR and sustainability performance of both tier one and two suppliers, and only six percent have full visibility into tier three suppliers and beyond.  

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More than 20 nations seek toughen climate goals by 2020

More than 20 nations seek toughen climate goals by 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than 20 nations ranging from Germany, France and Britain to Pacific island states said on Thursday they planned to "lead from the front" in setting new, tougher goals by 2020 to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement."We commit to exploring the possibilities for stepping up our own ambition," the 23 nations said in a statement, issued by the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, about goals for stepping up action by 2020.

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The Paris climate agreement obliges countries to set new climate goals every five years as part of a goal of phasing out polluting fossil fuels this century.

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EU agrees 32 pct renewables target for 2030

EU agrees 32 pct renewables target for 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The measures are aimed at helping the European Union meet its overall goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, following the Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2 degrees.
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The most effective measures to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) have come from sub-national, national and multi-national regulations to put a price on carbon.

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Dairy sector celebrates hitting host of green targets

Dairy sector celebrates hitting host of green targets | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
UK dairy producers and processors have made significant strides towards reducing the industry’s environmental footprint over the past decade, including meeting a 2020 target for renewable energy production two years early.
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Great improvements have been made in the dairy industry in reducing its environmental footprint during the past ten years!

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Supply Chain Strategies Special Report published in The Times - Raconteur

Supply Chain Strategies Special Report published in The Times - Raconteur | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"For the average company, the vast majority of its greenhouse gas emissions are in its supply chain - four times its direct emissions" says Dexter Galvin, head of supply chain programme at CDP.

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Read the 16-page supply chain report, which includes an interesting article on sustainable supply chain.

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Coming up: what Parliament will be working on this year 

Coming up: what Parliament will be working on this year  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The biggest piece of climate change legislation the coming years is probably the reform of Europe's emissions trade system. It also represents the EU's first concrete steps to comply with the limits agreed at the COP21 conference. It could help to reduce emissions and encourage companies to shift to renewable or low-carbon sources. It should also help to prevent firms moving production to countries with lower environmental standards.
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The European Parliament will continue encouraging companies to be more responsible in their supply chain

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Meat and Dairy Contributes More To Climate Change Than Gasoline Companies

Meat and Dairy Contributes More To Climate Change Than Gasoline Companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The blame for climate change often falls on fossil fuel companies, but new research shows that the top meat and dairy companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline companies. A study released on July 18, 2018, found that the world’s top five meat and dairy producers combined — Brazil’s JBS, New Zealand’s Fonterra, Dairy Farmers of America, Tyson Foods, and Cargill — emit more greenhouse gases than Exxon-Mobil, Shell, or BP.

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If meat and dairy companies do not make changes to their operations soon, these industries will be responsible for 80 percent of the allowable greenhouse gas budget by 2050.

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Levi Strauss to cut supply chain emissions by 40%

Levi Strauss to cut supply chain emissions by 40% | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Levi Strauss & Co has announced plans to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its supply chain by 40% by 2025. The apparel firm said it would achieve this by expanding an existing programme to help its suppliers finance sustainable energy and water investments. The firm has also set itself the target of reducing emission from its owned and operated facilities by 90% by 2025. This target includes the aim of using 100% renewables in all company-owned facilities. Levi Strauss said its targets had been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, an organisation that helps firms set targets in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal to keep global temperature increases below 2C.

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Great step forward by Levi Strauss & Co as they are the first companies to set science-based targets for the global supply chain.

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Goodyear touts sustainability in corporate responsibility report 

Goodyear touts sustainability in corporate responsibility report  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Goodyear touted its continuous improvement action, including the push to reduce its environmental footprint and its commitment to communities in its 22nd annual corporate responsibility report, which was published recently. Goodyear said it is committed to responsible sourcing and expects suppliers to do the same. The Akron-based tire maker said it strives for minimum energy, emissions, water and waste generation globally. It said it has reduced its manufacturing energy intensity by 15 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and water use by 21 percent compared to 2010.

 

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Great job by Goodyear as the company recently introduced a natural rubber procurement policy addressing human rights and deforestation risks in the natural rubber supply chain and is working to strengthen its monitoring and enforcement practices in its supply chain.

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Caesars Makes Industry-Leading Commitment to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 95% 

Caesars Makes Industry-Leading Commitment to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 95%  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider, announced it has set science-based targets to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the company and throughout its supply chain. The ambitious goals demonstrate Caesars’ ongoing commitment to fighting climate change and mitigating long-term risk.
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Caesars Entertainment has a well-established track record of successful environmental sustainability progress, and establishing science-based targets further demonstrates its commitment to reducing its impact on the planet.

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Mars Australia to use 100% solar energy by 2020

Mars Australia to use 100% solar energy by 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The company’s goal is to completely eliminate greenhouse gases from its operations  by 2040. Through its sustainability plan, Mars says it also aims to "meaningfully improve the working lives" of one million people in its value chain by focusing on boosting income, unlocking opportunities for women and respecting human rights.

EcoVadis's insight:

Mars has made solid progress on the sustainability of its own operations since 2007. The company is also spending a billion dollars in the next three years to start transforming its supply chain to cut GHG emissions.

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Walmart suppliers reduce emissions by 20m tonnes

Walmart suppliers reduce emissions by 20m tonnes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In its latest global responsibility report, the retailer said more than 400 suppliers had signed up to its programme to reduce supply chain emissions in its first year, and already more than 200 had reported reductions.
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Impressive results! Walmart was the first retailer to set a science-based target for emissions reduction and is now aiming to reduce its supply chain emissions by one gigaton by 2030 through Project Gigaton

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CDP: Big businesses are driving huge cuts in supply chain emissions

CDP: Big businesses are driving huge cuts in supply chain emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

CDP new report reveals that global supply chain emissions fell by 434 million tonnes last year - more than France’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2014.
The emissions reduction, which led to £10bn in cost savings, was driven by the world’s seeking to exploit the opportunities presented by the low-carbon transition, CDP says.

EcoVadis's insight:

Business community is increasingly aware of the benefits of assessing indirect carbon emissions in the supply chain which include efficiency gains, savings to the bottom line and ultimately increased revenue. Are you following the same trend?

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Understand 21st century supply chains 

Understand 21st century supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As the cost of renewable energy plummets and consumers demand social responsibility from their favorite brands, sustainability is becoming cost-efficient. Emerging technologies, including the Internet of Things, are catalyzing corporations to rethink supply chain strategies.
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Great read to understand the conditions and trajectory of the emerging economies that are about to leap into the consumer class

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