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Is Sustainability All about the Supply Chain?

A manufacturer of home decorative items engaged my company sometime ago to conduct a scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions inventory, mainly to meet the requirements of a retailer’s sustainability scorecard. The manufacturer was eager to take this a step further and engage 20 of their key suppliers and … Read more »

Scope 3: Pivoting to Material Efficiency

The upcoming release of the scope 3 emissions reporting standard from the GHG Protocol is significant for two reasons. One is the more obvious reason: The larger part of emissions resulting from a company’s operation usually belongs in scope 3, so this is an essential component of a complete corporate … Read more »

Closing the Materials Loop

While shopping for copy paper recently, I noticed that recycled multipurpose paper is often priced 50 percent higher than comparable virgin paper. A pack of mechanical pencils made with recycled plastic costs significantly more than the same brand made with virgin plastic. We have heard a lot over the years … Read more »

Resource Efficiency vs. Carbon Reduction

The dramatic improvements in efficient lighting technologies over the past three centuries have left the energy intensity of lighting unchanged. The higher energy efficiencies have all been used up by ever-expanding lighting applications. And the share of global GDP spent on lighting has remained constant during this period. This is … Read more »

Six Lesser-Known Climate Facts

Climate change seems to have taken a back seat lately both in policy debates and business strategies. But this is generally not the case in the research community, where rigorous analyses of climate change mitigation proposals are being published regularly. Herewith are six lesser-known recent findings that help separate the … Read more »

When Emissions Are Outsourced

At first glance, CO2 emissions growth from fossil fuels and industrial processes looks fairly benign for developed countries. Compared to a 1990 baseline, emissions peaked in 2007 at just 0.4 percent above the baseline and then dropped for the next two years (based on UNFCCC data). By 2009, emissions for … Read more »

Getting a Handle on Geographic Emissions

With the recent addition of the scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions accounting standard, there is at least a broad understanding of how corporate emissions should be quantified and what the benefits would be – even if only a small number of companies have adopted it so far. On the other … Read more »