Sustainable supply chain challenge brief
Challenge sponsors: BAE Systems, Nissan and Schneider Electrics
Meeting the UK government’s ambition to achieve a net zero economy by 2050 calls for urgent action by all organisations. 80% of the carbon footprint of supply chains is attributed to scope 3 emissions. Establishing effective means to measure, visualise and counter these should be of the highest importance for businesses, but we’re hindered due to availability and quality of data.
For this challenge you’ll explore mainstreaming the measurement of scope 3 emissions across end-to-end supply chains.
Expand the links below to understand more about the challenge background, a description of what you’ll do and the expected outcomes:
Sustainable supply chain – read more on the challenge background
The Greenhouse gas protocol outlines a methodology for the measurement of scope 3 activities through the collection and assessment of both primary and secondary data. However, primary data is often both expensive and low quality and secondary data is complex to access, generic and out of date and is holding back the market in unlocking transformational new business models to prevent climate change.
This presents a significant opportunity for innovative technology companies to improve the quality, availability and visualisation of data, to open up the market for the creation of new incentives to improve performance and accelerate decarbonisation.
Sustainable supply chain – discover the expected outcomes of this challenge
Expected outcomes of this challenge
- A proof of value digital solution for collecting and sharing scope 1 and 2 emissions in accordance with the GHG and Pathfinder methodologies
- The proof of value has been tested to build a map of upstream and downstream scope 3 emissions for each of the participants validated against known data from the industry
- Working demonstration of how the tool can work at scale
Sustainable supply chain – read more on the challenge description
Scope 3 emissions represent scope 1 and 2 emissions of all of the other participants in a supply chain. Whilst there remains a growing amount of activity in developing solutions for combining scopes 1 and 2 to create Scope 3 emissions data maps, we are far from seeing these being broadly adopted. Many of these difficulties can be traced back to the diverse methodologies used in the collection and analysis of data and the lack of interoperability.
For this challenge, the focus is on upstream and downstream transportation and distribution using data from across the value chain from the source of energy through to the end user. The work will be aligned to the GHG protocol and work within the WBCSD’s pathfinder framework and network.
In this challenge we want to work with technology innovators with a viable mechanism that facilitates companies to collect scope 1 and 2 emissions. The proof of value will seek to enable suppliers/buyers to access that data in a permissioned form and to be able to more quickly map out their scope 3 emissions for the selected products.