South West Water have joined Achilles’ carbonReduction programme to help them address the critical issue of carbon emissions in the supply chain.
South West Water is now part of a collaborative community with seven other major utilities – Anglian Water, CE Electric, E-ON, National Grid, Northumbrian Water, Scottish and Southern Energy and United Utilities – which has adopted a common approach to engaging with suppliers to reduce carbon emissions.
Mike Davies, Procurement Manager at South West Water, said: "We are delighted to be joining Achilles’ carbonReduction programme and working together with other companies in our sector to focus efforts on collaboratively reducing emissions in the supply chain. Incorporating a carbon focus in our work with the supply chain will further what we are doing to align suppliers with our sustainability goals, which are central to our overall procurement strategy. Working with Achilles on the carbonReduction programme will help us to meet our goal of operating with the best suppliers whose forward-thinking approach to sustainability gives us the reassurance that their environmental risks are minimised."
South West Water have launched their participation in the programme by working with Achilles to contact fifty of their key strategic suppliers to find out what actions these suppliers are taking to measure and manage their emissions, if they are working towards a standard, whether their footprint is independently verified and publicly disclosed and if these key strategic suppliers are demonstrating an alignment with South West Water’s sustainability strategy and expectations.
Demonstrating their own commitment to reducing carbon emissions and working towards a target of reducing emissions by 18% by 2015 compared to the 2009/10 baseline, South West Water recently achieved the CEMARS standard and ISO14064 Part 1 accreditation of their own organisational carbon footprint through the CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) standard. South West Water want to encourage their key and strategic suppliers to follow their lead and adopt CEMARS to undertake comprehensive carbon measurement and credibly demonstrate reductions achieved.