Halfway to the Point of No Return

As world’s “carbon budget” depletes, corporations turn to science in effort to avert environmental calamity
Nov 2, 2017 3:15 PM ET
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Originally published on Avnet's Supply Chain Navigator

Leading with Science

HPE’s Living Progress” is another example of a company with strong influence taking a leadership position to address a really difficult challenge, said Rohwer. In May, HPE announced what it claims to be the “the world’s first comprehensive supply chain management program based on climate science.” In addition to previously announced goals for its own operations, including a commitment to reaching 100 percent renewable energy through RE100, a science-based target to reduce operational GHG emissions by 25 percent, and a goal to increase the efficiency of HPE’s product portfolio 30 times by 2025, HPE will now enable 80 percent of its manufacturing suppliers to set science-based emissions reduction targets within their own operations, seeking to avoid 100 million tons of emissions. As part of the goal, HPE has pledged to reduce manufacturing-related GHG emissions on an absolute basis within the supply chain by 15 percent by 2025.

“Our aim is to be a trusted sourcing partner to our customers by manufacturing our goods and services in a way that is more environmentally friendly,” Weiss noted. “So it is important for us to be able to relate to our customers that we are helping to drive this throughout our supply chain.”

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