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Sprint Releases Industry-First Scope 3 GHG Emissions Report

March 30, 2011 | Comment (1)

Sprint Nextel is now the first wireless carrier to complete and publicly release a comprehensive Scope 3 supply-chain assessment.

As you may recall, emissions are defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative as:

  • Scope 1: All direct GHG emissions.
  • Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam.
  • Scope 3: Other indirect emissions, such as the extraction and production of purchased materials and fuels, transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the reporting entity, electricity-related activities (e.g. T&D losses) not covered in Scope 2, outsourced activities, waste disposal, etc.

Sprint partnered with Trucost for the analysis, which examines Sprint’s total supply chain carbon emissions and then quantifies and identifies “hot spots” where the company can focus its efforts.

“Measuring and understanding carbon footprints is the first step toward managing and reducing them,” Cary Krosinsky, Trucost senior vice president, said. “Carbon emissions are increasingly resulting in financial costs for companies, and by undertaking such a thorough carbon assessment of its supply chain, Sprint Nextel is taking a major step toward effectively reducing its overall carbon footprint.”

Trucost’s analysis covered 98 percent of Sprint’s supply-chain expenditure, and the report includes these interesting findings: (more…)

Demand for Procurement Software Expected to Rise

March 28, 2011 | Comment (1)

With the economy showing clear signs of improvement, the demand for procurement software is expected to rise.

Naturally, that’s good news for us here at Aravo, and I agree with Michael Koploy who points out at The Software Advice Blog, that there are several reasons why businesses will be accelerating their investment in procurement management systems over the coming year. In particular, Michael says he has his eye on these six trends:

McDonald’s Commits to Certified Sustainable Sourcing

March 25, 2011 | Comments (2)

McDonald’s Corporation is stepping up its commitment to a sustainable supply chain.

Last week, the company announced a new Sustainable Land Management Commitment (SLMC), which McDonald’s says will ensure the food served in its restaurants around the world is sourced from certified sustainable sources.

The SLMC requires that, over time, McDonald’s suppliers source agricultural raw materials for the company’s food and packaging only from sustainably-managed land.

Initially, McDonald’s will focus on the five raw materials that have the most potential sustainability impacts: beef, poultry, coffee, palm oil and packaging. As part of this commitment, McDonald’s is: (more…)

Gallup: Americans Less Concerned About Global Warming

March 23, 2011 | No Comments →

Since 1997, the Gallup poll has tracked Americans’ attitudes about global warming, and over that time, the survey found that in general terms, the American public was growing increasingly concerned about the threat of climate change –up until 2009.

In 2009 –just two years after Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing climate change awareness –Gallup detected a turn in the tide. That year, Gallup measures showed a slight retreat in public concern about global warming, and now, unfortunately, the downturn is even more pronounced.

Gallup’s latest annual update shows that while a majority of Americans still agree that global warming is real, the percentage that thinks so is dwindling. Based on these survey results, it appears that the average American is now less convinced than at any time since 1997 that global warming’s effects have already begun or will begin shortly.

Here are a few specifics from the Gallup research: (more…)

Walmart Zero Waste Program Eliminates 80 Percent of Company’s Waste from California Operations

March 21, 2011 | No Comments →

Walmart is one step closer to reaching its global goal of creating zero waste.

The company reported last week that a pilot waste management program has eliminated more than 80 percent of the waste that would otherwise go to landfills from its operations in California.

Once implemented across Walmart’s 4,400 stores, Sam’s Club locations and distribution centers in the US, this program would help the company prevent more than 11.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. This is equal to taking more than 2 million cars off the road for a year.

The Walmart zero waste program has three main components: (more…)