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Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery

Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ikea Group, owner of 366 Ikea stores worldwide, will make deliveries via electric vehicles in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020 according to a statement, converting to what it calls "zero emissions home deliveries" worldwide by 2025. Ikea Group will also provide access to charging stations for electric vehicles across 30 markets at stores, offices and distribution centers by 2020. The company aims to eventually become "climate positive" by 2030, according to a June press release, which the company defines as "reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the Ikea value chain emits, reducing the climate footprint of Ikea products and operations in absolute terms."

EcoVadis's insight:

Remarkable step forward by Ikea! It is critical for companies to look at emissions throughout the supply chain in order to accurately gauge progress or highlight failures.

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United Airlines targets 50 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions

United Airlines said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent over the next few decades to help reduce its carbon footprint and its dependence on fossil fuels. The third-largest U.S. air carrier will invest more than $2 billion a year in more fuel-efficient aircraft, expanding its use of low-carbon biofuels in daily flights and implementing ways to better conserve fuel. "This is not only good for the environment but guards against oil price instability," Aaron Stash, a United manager of environmental strategy and sustainability, told reporters. Fuel costs account for a major portion of airlines' expenses, and rising oil prices over the past year have eaten in to industry profits, sending carriers scrambling to mitigate the impact.

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Remarkable initiative by United Airlines! Best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.

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Bumps in the UK's road to zero emission vehicles

New registrations of electric vehicles hit a record in 2016, with more than 750,000 sold worldwide, according to the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency. Precipitous growth of 50% a year since 2010 has been driven by falling costs of production and incentives to consumers from policy makers. This is most notable in the world’s biggest and fastest-growing EV market, China, which is determined to tackle rising air pollution as its burgeoning middle class trade two wheels for four. Climate change concerns are also a big driver for policy makers, who see electric vehicles as key to tackling transport emissions, which in the UK account for some 28% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Committee on Climate Change. National Grid’s latest Future Energy Scenarios concludes that a third of transport-related emissions could be cut if 36 million EVs were on the streets by 2040, adding 8GW to UK peak electricity demand.

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Most companies still do not see climate change as relevant to their business and rarely publish climate change scenarios. It is the responsibility of all to make sure that we address current sustainability challenges, for the future generations.

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Walmart's 2018 CSR report: 20mn tonne reduction in emissions, sustainable sourcing and more

Walmart's 2018 CSR report: 20mn tonne reduction in emissions, sustainable sourcing and more | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

US grocery giant Walmart has managed to reduce emissions throughout its supply chain by 20mn tonnes in a year, according to its latest report.  Walmart, which is currently the largest retailer in the world, states that suppliers reduced their collective greenhouse gas emissions by over 20mn tonnes in 2017. The company announced a series of sustainability goals in 2016 and has said it aims to cut supply chain emission by 1bn tonnes by 2030. 400 of the company’s global suppliers made commitments to reduce their emissions as part of Walmart’s Project Gigaton. The suppliers have utilised an “emissions reduction toolkit” produced by WWF which details steps to take to cut emissions including in manufacturing, materials and product use.

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Bravo Walmart for the sustainable achievements. 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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Kraft-Heinz outlines bold sustainability agenda

Kraft-Heinz outlines bold sustainability agenda | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Kraft-Heinz is expanding its environmental commitments to include sustainable packaging and increased carbon reduction. The company aims to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 and pledges to set science-based goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This announcement, an addition to its Growing a Better World strategy released in last year’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, supports the company’s broader efforts to improve the sustainability of its supply chain.

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Bold move by Kraft-Heinz concerning its sustainability agenda. SBT or Science-Based targets are Greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. By setting that type of targets, companies make sure that their emissions reduction efforts are aligned on such scenario and better help curbing climate change.

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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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Cities from New York to London end growth in climate-changing emissions

Cities from New York to London end growth in climate-changing emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than two dozen of the world's largest cities are no longer increasing their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, they announced at a global climate summit in San Francisco. The 27 cities, from New York to London, said they had reached the milestone even as their populations and economies grew. They did so by cutting their usage of fossil-fuel-generated energy, growing their public transportation systems and reducing waste, according to C40 Cities, a network of large cities acting as leaders in combatting climate change

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“Significant items of GHG emissions caused by the company’s activity, particularly through the use of goods and services it produces” need to be addressed.

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U.S. climate summit aims for a new carbon goal: zero

U.S. climate summit aims for a new carbon goal: zero | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Anirban Ghosh said it had been agreed that only the group's largest company would strive to become carbon neutral, producing no more emissions than it could offset elsewhere. But plans appeared to change in the heat of the moment, said Ghosh, with the chairman promising that all of Mahindra's nearly 100 companies would be carbon neutral by 2040. Around the world, companies and cities are increasingly setting net-zero carbon goals for themselves as freak weather attributed to climate change spurs them to cut their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, experts said. At the summit, attended by 4,500 delegates from city and regional governments worldwide as well as industries, promises to achieve net-zero emissions have been a major focus.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great step forward by Mahindra Company! A report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) shows a 24% annual growth in Climate Change and Mitigation Technologies (CCMTs) between 2006 and 2011, highlighting emerging innovations in biofuels, solar thermal, solar PV, and wind energy.

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South Australia’s clean energy transition powers on 

South Australia’s clean energy transition powers on  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The state of South Australia is something of a poster child for the clean energy transition. It sourced 48% of its power from wind and solar energy in 2017, one of the largest clean energy penetrations in the world, and is within a whisper of hitting its 2025 target of 50% renewables, with the help of large-scale battery storage, including the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. The contrast to what is happening at the federal level is stark, according to the Climate Action Tracker website. Although Australia committed to a 26–28% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with a 2005 baseline in the Paris Agreement, Climate Action Tracker said the government in Canberra was not doing anything to change course, continuing to rely on coal for energy and downplaying renewable energy.

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Climate change has been acknowledged for a few decades now. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change.

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Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Leaders of some of the world’s biggest cities vowed on Thursday to make all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, ensuring they make no contribution to climate change. From London to Tokyo, 19 mayors said they would put in place regulations requiring all new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 and all existing ones to reach the same goal by 2050. Cities, scientists unite in battle against climate change at UN summit. “Climate change poses an existential threat to New York City, and making our buildings more sustainable and efficient is a key part of the solution,” said Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio in a statement.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by the biggest cities since buildings are a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so to meet reductions set out in the Paris Agreement, it’s critical that they tackle this problem.

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Tips from Wrangler on Advancing Regenerative Ag Supply Chains 

Tips from Wrangler on Advancing Regenerative Ag Supply Chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Wrangler met with several of its cotton producers to discover that soil health was a common priority for both the brand and its farmers. Soil health impacts long-term producer productivity and profitability and supports sustainability priorities of greenhouse gas emissions and water quality. This helped begin the brand’s efforts to advance soil health and land stewardship across its US cotton supply chain. When Wrangler worked directly with its US cotton producers, the company sought to pool resources from other organizations that shared their goal to advance soil health.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great job by Wrangler for taking sustainability to the next level! With the aim of moving to more sustainable agriculture, Wrangler has connected closely to the farm and those working in the fields. 

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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.

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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.

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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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