2020 Focus on Sustainability: Reduce Carbon Emissions, Waste and Risk Within Your Supply Chains

Sustainability will be the driving force for business in the next three to five years and beyond. This global shift is already transforming our economies and positioning your company to succeed in this transitional environment is not an option; it is imperative. Global companies and the European Commission are undertaking a range of actions to support the move to a more circular economy. These often cover the cycle from production and consumption, to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. Whole life cycle approach is a crucial element in driving innovation towards sustainable economies. Responsible sourcing is looking at what we purchase beyond the more traditional aspects of cost, quality and delivery time.

In response to the overwhelming success of our last sustainability series, we are pleased to offer additional webinars, which include the participation of some of our clients to help demonstrate the applicability of our sustainability support to their businesses; as well as our expert views of the current relevance, and future impact of sustainability in a post-pandemic world.

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Packaging Products - Sustainability through Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations

Recorded September 3, 2020

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a decision support tool used to generate environmental profiles of products over their full or partial lifecycle technique to assess environmental impacts. It identifies environmental hotspots in the product lifecycle and establishes the benchmark against which improvements can be measured. LCA is also used in new product research and development when environmental footprint is important to the future marketing or cost structure of a product. One major value of an LCA is advanced visibility and decision making in regard to supply chain. LCA can be used to justify business decisions, from obtaining raw materials to modifying a specific operations process.

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a standardized, product category-specific way of assessing and communicating the environmental performance of a product. We have a wealth of experience delivering EPDs for our clients, including an advice on EPD strategy (i.e. the type and number of EPD which would be most appropriate for a company, the choice of EPD programme, product categories, or links to other Carbon tools).

This webinar will focus on Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations for Packaging Products and will feature a case study of polymer manufacturer – Aquapak.

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Circular Economy - Principles, Frameworks and European Standardisation

Recorded September 24, 2020

The Circular Economy is a phrase commonly used to describe a system in which resource use, waste and emission are reduced or minimized in the traditional linear economy, in effect “closing the loop” on responsible production and consumption.

As an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, CE promotes and advocates extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. A circular economy approach could reduce global CO2 emissions from key industry materials by 40% or 3.7 billion tonnes in 2050. Key in achieving this opportunity are business models that keep assets, products, and components in use while making productive and efficient use of resources. The concept successfully conveys the need for industrial innovation to drive future productivity and competitiveness. It inspires collaboration and interaction across industrial sectors and across public and private enterprise. It can drive change at a transformative rate and scale and is a live demonstration of exciting change. To evaluate the impacts of the circular economy, applying a life cycle approach is highly beneficial. LCA can strengthen the propositions of circular economy, and the other way around. How do we assess success, progress, or monitor improvement? What standards and frameworks are there for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations? Does a circularity footprint or index exist? 

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Responsible Sourcing in Manufacturing – Reducing Risk and Improving Environmental Performance Through Certification

A responsible sourcing program helps to eliminate sustainability risks in the supply chain. It helps customers and consumers to be sure that the product they choose is sourced from responsibly managed resources and responsible suppliers.

What are the available approaches and activities, frameworks, and standards? There are many reasons why companies explore responsible sourcing certification. Some present details on their webpages to describe their methods, technological enhancement or demonstrating their core values for sourcing materials and products are met. But, how can stakeholders (or the companies themselves) compare their actions against their peers or in time for their own track of improvement? We will explore variety of starting points for companies investing in their responsible sourcing practice evaluation, examine some useful pointers for objectives, as well as link quantifiable environmental performance indicators with responsible sourcing principles. The webinar will present sector specific as well as generic frameworks that exist and explore their business benefits.

October 8, 2020 | 10am EDT, 2pm GMT, 3pm BST, 4pm CEST

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Reporting Carbon – Definitions, Measurement Methods, Uses in Business Practices and Maximising Benefits of Addressing Carbon Issues

Carbon emissions reporting is a form of reporting for the emissions created from commercial activity, usually as a strategy for identifying contributions to Global warming and to influence subsequent policies to mitigate human caused climate change.

Some reporting is compulsory, some is voluntary, some fit into other sustainability practices and some are stand alone. Is operational carbon getting too much attention to the detriment of embodied carbon?  Are investor asking for carbon information and reporting their own emissions? “As we ask more from the companies we invest in, we must hold ourselves accountable for measuring and managing the carbon risk in our portfolio”, says Jagdeeep Bachher, Chief Investment Officer, University of California. But there are data challenges (i.e. Carbon footprint measurements can be cradle-to-gate or cradle-to-cradle). Companies continue to report their greenhouse gas emissions to varying degrees of quality and detail, with some reports being verified by external parties and others not.

November 11, 2020 | 10am EST, 3pm GMT, 4pm CET

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