Greening the Value Chain – Effectively and Pragmatically Intertek Introduces Think Green Initiative (TGI)
“Think Green.” It sounds positive, but often the desire to implement environmentally progressive production methods is met with the reality of daunting logistical challenges. Either the costs of a given environmental programme are too high (especially considering current global economic conditions), or the various standards and initiatives aimed at footprint reduction lack the necessary reach – especially when it comes to managing environmental risk deep within the supply chain.
The “Think Green Initiative” (TGI), Intertek’s response to industry’s increasingly urgent mandate to “Think Green,” makes supplier environmental performance assessment more efficient and robust – as well as highly cost-effective. It is also a resource center and stakeholder engagement platform that fosters collaboration by making the sharing of environmental information easier. TGI was designed to:
- Assess environmental improvement benchmarked against global performance data
- Offer cost-saving environmental solutions and guidance
- Provide a platform for showcasing environmental improvement
- Provide environmental good practice and sustainable production "intelligence"
- Offer access to a network of environmental performance management experts
- Serve as a platform for offering training sessions, seminars and workshops in environmental performance management
- Make self-assessment manageable as well as effective in supporting core business imperatives
Brands and retailers view it as crucial to maintain a streamlined sourcing process – one where suppliers and clients can collaborate easily via a common industry platform. One early adopter of TGI has been Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd (TTI) , a leading manufacturer of consumer and professional power tools. At Intertek’s “New Audit Solutions Information Day” this past summer, TTI was presented with the TGI Achievement Award.
TTI, for its part, had a lot to be proud of. TTI presented how TGI helped give significant cost reductions once implemented.TTI summarized TGI’s benefits to the company as follows:
- Established measuring standards for environmental performance
- Provided benchmarking against industry peers
- Helped identify & prioritise key performance indicators (KPIs)
- Drove sustainable production
- Minimized waste & negative environmental impact
- Enhanced enterprise vitality & social responsibility
- Reduced operational costs
TTI cited “reuse and recycling” and “energy conservation and carbon emissions reduction” as its two primary areas of focus. Their results in one year for energy and carbon management were impressive – including reducing excessive use of: light sources, electric water heaters, chilled pump-driven air conditioning and heating molding machines. In leveraging TGI to effect energy reductions on these fronts, and in a few other initiatives still in progress, the total in CO2 reduction has amounted to 4,030 tons for the year – and in the process significantly reduced operational costs.
TGI is here to help suppliers, brands and retailers alike in their efforts to green the value chain. The key is not merely to “think green,” but “act green” as well—to pragmatically, powerfully and cost-effectively reduce negative environmental impacts of manufacturing processes. TGI has been road-tested and proven as a breakthrough for companies eager to leverage the increasingly obvious nexus of environmental and business performance, but have been wary of getting tangled in the morass of logistics and costs endemic to environmental risk management—until now.“Think Green.” It sounds positive, but often the desire to implement environmentally progressive production methods is met with the reality of daunting logistical challenges. Either the costs of a given environmental programme are too high (especially considering current global economic conditions), or the various standards and initiatives aimed at footprint reduction lack the necessary reach – especially when it comes to managing environmental risk deep within the supply chain.
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