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Supply-chain Decarbonisation for manufacturing, retail and food & drink sectors: Scope 3

Sustainability & Low Carbon, Corporate Social Responsibility

24/01/2024 10:00 am

24/01/2024 11:00 am



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Getting started with Scope 3

This session will focus on how to approach your Scope 3 emissions calculation, which forms your upstream and downstream supplychain emissions. This is the largest element of a businesses carbon footprint, i.e. for most Consumer Packaged Goods or manufacturing companies over 80% of carbon impact is within the supply chain (Scope 3 emissions) and according to research by McKinsey companies can have a 10 to 24 times greater impact by focusing on a reduction of Scope 3 versus their direct emissions (Scope 1 and 2).


So, where do you start?

We will go over the different categories of Scope 3 within the GHG (greenhouse gas) protocol; how to define which categories are most relevant to your business (so called “boundary setting”); and the four common approaches to Scope 3 calculation and their pros and cons.

To understand your Scope 3 it will typically involve engaging suppliers to understand and allocate emissions and inform next steps. Understand risks. Identify opportunities. Inform action plans.

On the day we will share practical steps and examples covering:

– How to approach supply chain footprint analysis (Scope 3)
– How to engage suppliers and understand their carbon literacy
– How to understand what data is available (e.g. spend-based, unit based emission factors)
– How to engage all suppliers to understand their footprint
– How to identify which certifications or standards to adopt
– How to go beyond simple carbon measurement (e.g. responsible sourcing policy)
– How to inform decisions and actions plan on how to decarbonise your supply chain

Opportunity for Q&A. Discussion will be encouraged.

Additional Information

About the speaker
This webinar is held in partnership with Nottingham-based supplier engagement and sustainable transformation experts Supply Pilot. Supply Pilot has a proven track record of helping businesses become more successful and sustainable through supplier collaboration which includes decarbonisation (Scope 3 reduction) and responsible sourcing (e.g. RSPO, FSC certification).

The session is delivered by James Butcher, CEO, who has over twenty years in supply chain technology and automation James has spent the last decade working with global brands and retailers to engage their suppliers to drive positive change for more successful, sustainable brands.

Global clients such as Asda, Boots, Waitrose, Woolworths and Walmart.

Passionate about supplier collaboration, James has championed the three pillars of supplier engagement –communication, accountability, and support, to deliver a practical and cost-effective solution –the Supply Pilot platform and six-step process – enabling companies to deliver transformational change within the supply chain, from supply chain decarbonisation to responsible sourcing and product innovation. Successful collaboration, at pace, and scale. 

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) in partnership with East Midlands Chamber.

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