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Environmental Metrics

Expand each of the following to explore examples of metrics used for measuring internal performance as well as that of new and existing suppliers on environmental standards and guidelines.  As with all performance metrics, timelines should be set and agreed upon by both parties.

Supply Chain Materials

  • Specification during design process of standardized, sustainable material and products, including the use of renewable, recycled and recyclable material
  • Purchasing recycled and recyclable materials and implementation of practices encouraging recycling and reuse
        Increase in % of recycled and renewable materials used or purchased
        Suppliers’ recycling efforts
  • Access to supplier information on chemical makeup of products purchased
  • Use of natural resources
  • Increase in use of renewable vs. non-renewable resources
  • Discontinued use of conflict minerals
  • Reduction of or elimination of forest products

Supply Chain Processes

  • Atmosphere
    Measuring of current and projected carbon footprint
    Reduction in emissions per person
    Year-on-year reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for entire supply network
    Programs to control or eliminate acid rain, smog, ozone-depleting substances, and volatile organic compounds
  • Water
    Reductions of emissions to water, such as pollutants and metal emissions
    Reduced water consumption
    Reduction in waterprint
    Wastewater disposal efforts
  • Land
    Emissions of pesticides and fertilizers, metal emissions, pollutants, and radioactive waste
    Soil degradation
  • Energy use and consumption
    Reduction in energy usage per person
    Decrease in year-on-year energy consumption
    Energy usage rates of equipment and facilities
  • Management of hazardous and solid waste
    Existence of formal hazardous and toxic waste reduction programs
    Reduction in use and volume of hazardous substances and waste
    Reuse, recycle, and reduction program
    Reduction in landfill waste per person
    Reduction or elimination of toxic by-products

Supply Chain Logistics

  • Packaging
    Renewable or non-renewable resources used to produce
    Designed to be recyclable or reusable vs. non-recyclable or non-reusable
    Reduction in packaging sent to landfill
    % of supply chain packaging waste vs. reusable
    Minimizing packaging volume and weight
  • Transportation
    Increases in load density
    Increase in fuel economy and use of alternative fuels
    Coordinating of inbound and outbound shipments
    Elimination of transportation modes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
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