Posted by: Christian Verstraete | December 2, 2009

Copenhagen and the Supply Chain


If you haven’t heard of Copenhagen and the Sustainability Conference over the last months, you were probably not on planet earth. Fiver more days prior to its start.

An interesting article in my local newspaper attracted my attention. If you happen to read French, you might want to take a look here. It’s entitled “The enterprise has everything to gain…”. A good climate plan will create jobs, products and markets. But what is a good climate plan, well, a member of the Belgian Enterprise Federation responds and highlights 10 key points I’d like to share with you today:

  1. A level playing field, balancing the efforts between European enterprises and the ones in other parts of the world.

  2. A global Carbon Market fixing one price for carbon for all sectors, allowing companies around the globe to develop their activities under similar conditions

  3. Innovation is required to progress technology

  4. Increased flexibility in accepting and implementing new technologies to reduce greenhouse gasses quickly

  5. Industry should not be the only one to contribute, transport, agriculture, households and governments should each do their part

  6. Improved energy efficiency has to be seen as one of the key solutions to address the problem

  7. An optimal energy mix, including traditional, renewable and nuclear energy, has to be deployed

  8. All large GHG emitters have to establish clear and measurable/controllable objectives.

  9. All countries, with the exception of the least developed, need to participate in this effort

  10. Intellectual Property needs to be protected to allow/facilitate technology transfer

The greenest energy is the energy that is not used, says Jean-Pascal van Ypersele the vice president of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I’d take the liberty to add it’s also the cheapest one. So, why do companies not focus more on improving their sustainability, ultimately it will allow them to save money, isn’t it?

However, limiting the approach to the company is not enough, redesigning the supply chain, reducing and optimizing transport, has a tremendous result. What are we waiting for?

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