E.ON pilots project to cut carbon

9 September 2011

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9 September 2011 | Helen Gilbert

E.ON continued to forge ahead with its responsible procurement policy in 2010 by inviting strategic suppliers to work with board members to identify ways to cut carbon in its supply chain.

The energy giant invited 70 key suppliers to meet with top executives according to its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. The suppliers were asked to consider how they could reduce their carbon footprint to help E.ON reduce its impact on the environment and they responded by outlining their future goals and current action plans.

“We decided to pick 15 of these 70 key suppliers to accompany us on our carbon reduction journey,” the report stated. “This pilot programme compliments existing work done in 2008 and 2009 on supply chain carbon. The supplier experience of carbon varied, from those who have been successfully working on reduction for several years to those with relatively little experience in this emerging area. At the end of 2010 we hosted a workshop to share the lessons we’d learned.”

In addition, half of E.ON’s procurement category managers were trained in developing a greater degree of supply chain carbon awareness, with the remainder expected to be educated sometime this year.

Elsewhere, the report revealed that E.ON had commissioned an independent third party to conduct five social and ethical supply chain audits on factories in China and Ukraine that uncovered “a number of working practices that gave cause for concern”.  “We’ve been supporting our suppliers in making improvements,” it stated.

Earlier this year the Carbon Disclosure Project's Public Procurement report suggested that plans to reduce carbon emissions and manage climate change needed to be built into all of the UK government’s supplier relationships.

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