Packaging Firms Want Suppliers to Log Energy Data
Global packaging firms MeadWestVaco Corporation, Multi Packaging Solutions and Ellis Paperbox have signed-up to Ecodesk, an open platform to measure and analyze supply chain energy use and carbon emissions.
By reaching out to their suppliers and developing relationships to share energy data, these companies can identify possible areas of improvement and cost savings in the supply chain. Each company is using the Ecodesk platform to openly publish its sustainability data but also to link with suppliers and develop a clear map of supply chain energy use and carbon emissions.
But how will these packaging companies get their suppliers to share energy data?
A spokesman for Ecodesk says,” These companies are using Ecodesk to contact suppliers directly to measure and report to the site, using our profile-based approach. As there is some overlap between suppliers (which means they will be asked by more than one customer to report), the profile approach means they only have to do it once and share it with any customers that request data, as profiles are open and free. The drivers for suppliers to report are of course to keep customers happy but also to realise their own potential benefits in terms of energy management.”
Ecodesk considers itself the “LinkedIn of sustainability,” allowing users to search, analyze and compare suppliers using what it says is the largest sustainability database worldwide, with more than 1 million company profiles.
A report “Reducing Risk and Driving Business Value,” published by the CDP and Accenture, found that seventy percent of companies believe that climate change has the potential to negatively impact their revenue; but found there was a gap between major multinational companies that belong to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and their suppliers. Major purchasing organizations that are CDP Supply Chain program members include Dell, Coca-Cola and Walmart.
And an energy efficiency bill introduced in the Senate last week, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, would establish a volunteer Department of Energy program – SupplySTAR – to help improve the efficiency of corporate supply chains.
Here’s a list of the top 15 supply-chain stories of 2012 published by sister magazine, Environmental Leader.
- What You Need to Know About Demand Charges
- Choosing the Right LED Product for Industrial Lighting Applications
- NAEM Trends Report: Planning for a Sustainable Future
- Alarms Management: The Future is Now
- Harness the Value of Big Data to Build Smarter Infrastructures
- Cox Enterprises Cuts Energy Costs Up to 10-15% in Certain Markets
- How "Fixed" is the Fixed Price Product?
- 2014 Energy and Sustainability Predictions: Findings from Leading Professionals
- EHS Managers: The Evolution from Necessary Evil to Vital Leaders
- Smarter Asset Management for the Nuclear Power Imperative
- BUYING STRATEGIES IN A VOLATILE MARKET: What Businesses Need to Know about Retail Electricity Procurement
- Smart Building Technology: The Key to Comprehensive Building Performance
- What Energy Managers Need to know about Procuring Natural Gas: Guidance for 2014 Natural Gas Contracts
- Energy Optimization from the Boiler Room to the Board Room
- Your Roadmap for Energy Management: First Stop – Myths & Realities of Energy Purchasing