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Airbus to use sails to cut shipping emissions

Airbus to use sails to cut shipping emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Airbus has announced it will attach sails to one of its transport ships to increase fuel efficiency. The aerospace manufacturer has ordered parafoil sails, called SeaWing, for one of its three roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels used to move large aircraft parts between production sites in Europe and the US. The device will be fitted to the vessel Ville de Bordeaux by the end of 2020. Airbus said it expects the device to improve fuel economy by 20% while reducing the firm’s overall emissions by 8,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by Airbus to cut its shipping emissions.  The business implications for embedding sustainability into core business practices have become ever more clear for companies across industries, countries, and even sizes.

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The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing

The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing, procurement, strategic sourcing, cost reduction and supply chain news by the Strategic Sourceror
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An interesting first move from Dukin' Donuts towards sustainable procurement...

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Greening the supply chain to up profits, cut costs and get ahead

Greening the supply chain to up profits, cut costs and get ahead | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"[Going] green has become a critical necessity for multi-national corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars hanging in the balance. At this scale, greening operations is all about supply chain. Where things are sourced, where they go, and how they get there — all of these questions come into play, and more often than not need to be rethought entirely. Exactly how big and global is this trend?"

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Cost savings and increased profits...derived from sustainable procurement for large multinational corporations such as General Motors, Walmart, Hewlett Packard, build the case for greening the supply chain...

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Weis Markets embraces sustainability trend

Weis Markets embraces sustainability trend | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Weis Markets is trying to stay ahead of sustainability trends in food retail. Weis Markets has just opened a new store in Randolph, N.J., that was built with multiple sustainability measures, including the company’s first CO2 refrigeration system, which significantly reduces its carbon footprint and overall energy use. The company also incorporated LED lighting to reduce electrical needs; low-flow devices to support water conservation efforts; energy control through demand response programs to reduce power usage during peak days and to reduce the store’s load on the power grid; and enclosed refrigeration cases to reduce energy use as well as advanced refrigeration technologies to reduce refrigerant use by 60 percent when compared to conventional systems.

EcoVadis's insight:

Whether it involves carbon emissions, waste management, electricity consumption, or other business activities impacting environmental aspects, eco-innovation can provide a great path for easier, more widespread, cost-effective ways to minimize companies’ environmental footprint. 

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New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability

New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CDP research suggests that companies moving beyond mandatory reporting are also reducing emissions more and saving money – but suppliers aren't keeping up
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The new CDP supply chain report 2012 shows that transparency is somehow linked to CO2 emission reduction, which seems straightforward. However, much remains to be done as only a third of surveyed suppliers have clear reduction targets and first and foremost supplier engagement towards great transparency is key as more than 60% of suppliers never responded to the survey.

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