Free tool to measure carbon emissions and water use in spend categories launched

12 February 2015

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), an organisation of major companies aiming to foster global environmental health and safety, has launched a new free supply chain sustainability (SCS) tool.

The tool is designed to assist with strategic sourcing and procurement by providing visibility into carbon dioxide emissions and water use in the supply chain.

Initially the tool is designed to work in three product categories: paperboard container manufacturing, plastic film and sheet manufacturing, and soap and cleaning compound manufacturing but GEMI said it It would be possible to expand the category list later.

Timothy Smith, associate professor, University of Minnesota, who co-led development of the tool, said: “This first-of-its-kind, browser-based tool allows a user to enter spending across purchase categories.

“SCS then calculates CO2 emissions and water impacts and assesses alternative purchasing scenarios for each of the three featured categories.”

The tool would help companies engage and focus on their supply chains and design more sustainable strategies, said Steve Hellem, GEMI's executive director.

“The SCS tool can quickly quantify multiple scenarios. Members recognise that a great deal of the consumptive impacts of key environmental challenges such as CO2 emissions and water are tied up within complex value chains,” said Hellem.

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