Research indicates that the embodied carbon (the CO2e emitted into the atmosphere from product supply chains, manufacturing and transport) purchased by many institutions may be far in excess of the carbon emissions resulting from their ongoing operations. In this session we will hear from three organizations’ innovative approaches to addressing climate change, with procurement teams at the center of the action.
Kyle Schmitz from Cisco will present their work to meet the year 2020 goal to remove 1 million metric tonnes of CO2e from supply chain operations. Cisco’s Partner Energy Management program (PEM) challenged all of Cisco’s contract manufacturing partners to embrace digitization and to set specific energy use reduction goals. This presentation will cover how the Cisco team utilized supplier data to set the supply chain goal, identify hotspot improvement opportunities, engage suppliers to implement, measure, and verify energy efficiency actions and CO2e reductions. This work has validated the return on investment in energy efficiency programs for Cisco and for suppliers, paving the way with executive leadership to make even more strategic GHG reduction investments.
Mikhail Davis will present how Interface is working to create not only emissions reductions, but also in creating a new mission of Climate Take Back – a challenge to business and other institutions to reverse global warming, at a profit. This presentation will explore how procurement professional can take on this challenge. Beginning with emerging strategies in the building products sector for reducing embodied carbon of purchased materials, Mikhail will engage participants in imagining a world where we can sequester excess carbon from the atmosphere in everything we buy.
This session will be moderated by Brian Goldberg, Sustainability Project Manager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).