Emissions: Why Focus on the Supply Chain?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Feb 15, 2011 2:12 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

As the discussion continues on emissions, many companies are reevaluating the internal and external impacts that pending legislation may have on costs.  For the first time, executives are viewing emissions from a more targeted vantage point.  When viewed as a waste stream and part of total lifecycle cost, emission reduction in the supply chain may present itself as a huge business value opportunity in the immediate future. 

According the Carbon Disclosure Project's report, Supply Chain Report 2011: Migrating to a Low Carbon Economy through Leadership and Collaboration, over 50% of company emissions reside within the supply chain.  While progressive efforts over the last year still do not meet required supplier reduction targets, more companies are making the shift from a risk mitigation activity to a true value opportunity.   Supply chain organizations moving forward into 2011 define three areas of focus:   •    Deploying differentiated levers for managing carbon •    Improving baseline data accuracy to enable target setting •    Setting challenging targets across the external supply chain  

The supply chain manager of today must begin to understand the risks and costs of both their direct and indirect exposure.  Click here to continue reading


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