Green Supply Chain






January 8, 2019

Nowadays, Supply Chains have become more visible and more global, and the question about their impact on the environment and global sustainability is increasing. Authors created this practical road map to include this green dimension in supply chains. You want to manage a Supply Chain and you care about the environment? Start by asking five fundamental questions about your supply chains and what you expect from it. This book, Green Supply Chain – An Action Manifesto, could help you in your choices, your reasoning, and your project thanks to a deep analysis. “What are the tangible and intangible benefits of moving towards a green supply chain? Green-Supply-Chains-195x300

  • What are the costs, both direct and indirect?
  • What influence do we have over our suppliers, their suppliers and our customers that would allow us to jointly work together and move the supply chain towards a green supply chain?
  • How will we communicate and measure our progress towards the green supply chain to the key stakeholders? How will we engage them?
  • What barriers to green supply chains can be expected and how can these be overcome?”

However authors’ analysis has revealed four key additional points to go further in your understanding of this new problematic:

  1. “Companies are still primarily focused on environmentally conscious internal production. Any company can become totally carbon neutral by outsourcing all its production. Shifting the carbon producing activity up or down the supply chains does nothing more than hide the dirt under someone else’s carpet. A holistic approach to carbon management is required, and this is provided by adoption of Green Supply Chain methodology.
  2. Environmental pro-activism is generally assumed to come at an additional cost to the corporations. It is widely thought that going green is expensive. On the contrary, our modelling indicates that adoption of Green supply Chain methodology should result in overall cost reduction providing this is done in a thorough and logical manner.
  3. Most business models are focused on growing the volume of their current offerings of goods or services to increase profits. A change in this focus towards providing customer end outcomes will not only reduce the impact on the environment, but also secure and/or increase market share whilst improving profitability.
  4. Well beyond mainstream business thinking on environmental impact of technology, our discussions with Professor Ernst von Weizsacker (co-author of the book “Factor Four; Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use” 1998, with Amory & Hunter Lovins) highlight a radical concept aimed at doubling wealth, whilst concurrently halving resource consumption through innovative technological push. The implications for Green Supply Chains and for business performance more generally, are staggering. However, in the rest of this book, our conclusions are based on current technological limitations whilst noting that the “Factor 4” thinking and its associated technological push would actually multiply the benefits significantly; if brought into practice.”

If you want to launch this project, you will see that a move to Green Supply Chains is not only necessary for sound environmental management, but it is also profitable and provides sound financial management. If you feel ready to make the move, this book will provide you with a clear strategic overview and actionable plan for the implementation of Green Supply Chains.

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  • Very detailed oriented blog for the green supply chain. I’m working on Green supply chain challenges for upcoming trends. My research found 3 main factor which can be challenging for green supply chain: Cost, Competitors, real-world limitation

    Cost: Green stuff just costs more usually, it is that simple, and although its the right thing to do it adds to your cost base, and traditionally S Chain isn’t seen as revenue earning so cant offset increased costs unless it hits budget or margin, and companies don’t want that.

    Competitors: A lot of won’t be going the whole hog on green issues, so unless green is a real differentiator then you are best off probably mirroring them unless you have a really long-term strategy and plenty of cash.

    Real world limitations: Yep, its way greener to consolidate a part shipment into a container and deep sea it on the slowest route to the UK from China…. but if its a fast-moving line and the Retail Director says ‘it needs to be in stores this week’ then ….. you will probably be airfreighting it. Trading tends to take priority and the greenest stuff is also normally the slowest.

    Is there anything else which can be included in my case study for challenges?

  • What barriers to green supply chains can be expected?
    Green supply chains aim at confining the wastes within the industrial system in order to conserve energy and prevent the dissipation of dangerous materials into the environment (Torres, Nones, Marques, & Evgenio, 2004).

    Barriers to implement GSCM in Indian automobile industry:
    Lack of IT implementation
    Resistance to technology advancement adoption
    Lack of organizational encouragement
    Poor quality of human resources
    Market competition and uncertainty
    Lack of Government support systems
    Lack of implementing green practices
    Lack of top management commitment
    Cost implications

    We have considered eleven barriers to implement GSCM in Indian automobile industry. In case, a model needs to develop for another/allied industry or country, some barriers may be deleted while suitable ones are included.

    • As you mentioned lack of barriers to Green supply chain. Could you give a comment on:
      ” The Impact of Carbon Footprint on Supply Chain Strategy?”

      • Defiantly carbon footprint impact supply chain strategy but as concern mounts over rising fuel prices, the long-term availability of energy, and climate change, companies are turning their attention to one area where opportunities to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions abound: the industrial supply chain.

      • Tessa, there are different ways of looking at it, but in every instance, supply chain networks play a fundamental role in corporate carbon footprints; there is just no question about that,” says Dave Miller, the chief operating officer at Con-way Freight, Ann Arbor, Mich. The impact is both significant and unavoidable, he adds. “If freight is moving on a vehicle, regardless of mode, it is using carbon-based energy. Transportation is carbon-based and will be carbon-based into the foreseeable future.”

        That is why companies typically look first to fuel conservation as a way to cut back carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Many actually have been attacking this problem for some time in the guise of fuel economy and cost-cutting efforts. Fortunately, steps are taken to achieve those goals also have an environmental benefit.

        Is it do you looking for?

      • Impact of Carbon Footprint is essential, therefore we are doing efforts to reduce it. By 2012, SmartWay aims to eliminate from 33 million to 66 million metric tons of CO2 emissions and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions per year. At the same time, the initiative will result in fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of oil annually. SmartWay members file plans each year indicating how they are working toward helping EPA achieve these goals.

  • I supply chain manager from the USA and after reading the key point of book “Green supply chain” I wish to purchase it. I like the questions as well which asked above to self-analysis of business. I recommend it to another, once I’ll read it completely.

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