By Wolfgang Wimmer, Kun Mo LEE, John Polak, Ferdinand Quella
Two major developments are shaping the environmental schedule: eco-friendly procurement - progressively more companies, governments or even shoppers are trying to find ecoproducts; and, new product similar instructions, directives and rules have already been built. How may still company reply? There are instruments and techniques on hand. This publication, "ECODESIGN – the aggressive advantage", was once written in particular to supply tips and should aid managers of small and medium-sized firms, in addition to others drawn to the administration of commercial, in more than a few methods, together with: how one can top care for the eu Union’s new Ecodesign directives; how you can comprehend the strategies in the back of (and the method of calculating) the carbon footprint of goods; find out how to organize for destiny demanding situations on the topic of, for instance, weather swap, source depletion and shortages, expanding regulations at the use of poisonous components, and effort administration; and the way to top place items that have been environmentally greater in a aggressive industry. with a purpose to care for the myriad of demanding situations, the authors have incorporated uncomplicated, yet unique checklists that may be used to guage a company’s operations and function a consultant to discovering suggestions. those were established round the company, administration, product and creation degrees regularly present in any firm. Environmental bills shouldn't be seen as bills, yet fairly investments – with the expectancy that prudent funding will yield aggressive advantage.
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These and other questions will most probably need to be answered to even qualify for consideration for any contract. It is all about honest communication and an honest way of dealing with sustainability issues. • Green Procurement Through green procurement, the environmental product leaders will gain a market share at the expense of those with lesser environmental profiles. Those products losing a market share will either continue the erosion in their market position or make sufficient environmental investments (best done through proper Ecodesign techniques) to either regain their lost market share, or, as a minimum, stop the erosion or loss of further market share.
Benchmarking the company’s products against competing products helps to understand the key environmental performance indicators such as: • • • • • • • Level of energy consumption Level of material consumption Degree of modularity Relative content of renewable materials Number of reusable parts and components Recycling rates Toxicity of components and perhaps of the whole product Benchmarking serves to identify and quantify the degree of innovation potential available for the product. 1 Corporate Analysis 25 Supply chain and logistics Integrating suppliers, as well as managing and improving the relationship with them, are important initiatives in ensuring the supply chain remains robust.
It is no longer acceptable for large organizations to ignore the environmental performance of or the social implications caused by products they are buying. For example, assume that a large bank or insurance company committed to Corporate Social Responsibility wants to buy new office furniture. They usually buy large quantities and these days they will ask critical questions: • What is the environmental/CO2 performance of the equipment we are going to buy? • Are there social standards guaranteed for the products we buy?