CO2 emissions and energy consumption
If you believe that there is an increased risk of your suppliers contributing to CO2 emissions and having an unnecessarily high energy consumption, and you wish to include this topic in the annex to your Code of Conduct, you can add the following requirements to your Code of Conduct by clicking on "Save to clipboard".
More effective use of energy can often be read directly from a company's bottom line, as well as helping to create a greener profile, while the changed climate conditions can have consequences for production, costs and revenue. It is therefore a good idea to examine how addressing climate change issues can be integrated into relevant plans and procedures.
Climate and energy use
a. The supplier complies with regulation regarding use of energy resources and emissions of the six greenhouse gasses (GHG) (CO2 - Carbon dioxide, CH4 - Methane, N2O - Nitrous oxide, PFCs - Perfluorocarbons, HFCs - Hydrofluorocarbons, SF6 - Sulphur hexafluoride) (e.g. European Emissions Trading Scheme or other national legislation regarding climate).
b. The supplier measures and is able to document emissions of GHG and energy use.
c. The supplier has targets for reducing emissions of GHG and energy use.
d. The supplier has targets for the use of renewable energy sources to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
e. The supplier has an action programme for meeting reduction targets on emissions of GHG and energy use.Save to clipboard
The six greenhouse gases that are subject to the Kyoto Protocol are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons (PFC), hydrofluorcarbons (HFC) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere absorb the Sun's energy and retain the radiated heat that would otherwise be lost to the atmosphere, leading to the gradual warming of the Earth's surface. Both methane and CO2 occur naturally, but their levels have been increased by the combustion of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas, which contain stored CO2, and by increased meat production, which increases methane emissions from livestock. The main sources of greenhouse gas emissions are energy consumption based on fossil fuels, transport vehicles fuelled with diesel and petrol, the agricultural sector, and HFC-based refrigeration plant and A/C systems.
Suppliers should take measures to monitor and continuously reduce their energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases, for example by changing their procedures or by introducing new technology. The measures taken by suppliers should include the six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol and should be in accordance with national statutory requirements, international conventions and agreements, the precautionary principle and best practice.