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Measure Supply Chain Carbon Footprint in 72 Hours

KickStartEcodesk today launched KickStart, a sustainability program designed to help businesses and organizations implement supply chain sustainability initiatives for the first time.

The cloud-based program can help public and private SMEs measure their entire supply chain for carbon emissions in just 72 hours, Ecodesk says.

KickStart also provides each organization with an analysis of supplier and product category impacts based initially on 100 product categories (see image).

By analyzing an extract of a purchase ledger, Ecodesk says it can provide a carbon footprint of an entire supply chain by mapping purchase ledger data with leading Economic Input/Output (EIO) database CEDA, which has provided scope 3 emission data for global companies and government agencies including Coca-Cola Enterprises and the EPA.

Ecodesk CEO Mark Plant says his company wants to make it easier for businesses that need to understand their supply chain impacts but are daunted by the task and don’t know where to start.


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3 thoughts on “Measure Supply Chain Carbon Footprint in 72 Hours

  1. The fascinating thing about using IEO data to look at products is that the inventors of the approach at Carnegie-Mellon clearly stated that it is not intended for product-level decisions, being best suited to national-level policy analysis. What ever hapenned to interest in data quality to base decisions on? How can we possibly trust economic percentages to allocate emissions to material production as an even vaguely accurate approach to supply chain footprinting???

  2. Hi Jeff. It is true that the EIO-LCA approach is a model which provides overview at a policy level but that does not preclude it from being a valuable and insightful tool for relative data comparison at the product level. Using it as a basis for comparative analysis from which to identify supply chain risk and potential ‘hot-spots’ is the preliminary work which is augmented through granular analysis of the supply chain in Ecodesk. It is designed as a starting point and catalyst for that detail-level exercise to follow.

  3. Yes, I agree that EIO-LCA is a tool very well suited to prioritization of supply chains and identifying hot spots. For example, the WRI/GHG Scope 3 GHG Corporate Accounting protocol specifically highlights this approach. As Jeff points out, though, this is not a good tool for product optimization.

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