Sustainable Supply Chains Series

Start date: 29 September 2022

Duration: 4 days ( 9:30am - 12:30pm )

Location: Virtual Classroom via Cisco Webex

Certificate: Digital Badge Certificate awarded by the IEA

Cost: €1040

Programme overview

The Sustainable Supply Chains Courses has been developed to provide companies with practical support to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions throughout their supply chains.

Carbon Literacy: 29th September
Carbon Calculation and Reporting: 6th October
Carbon Reduction: 13th October
Sustainable Procurement: 20th October

Carbon Literacy is a practical and interactive course that trains participants on how to understand their organisation’s direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions and what steps they will need to take to measure, report and reduce them. The training covers the policy landscape and the urgency of transitioning to low carbon practices. Participants will learn the terminology, basic math's and target setting of carbon emissions and the difference between boundaries and Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

Carbon Calculation and Reporting is a practical and interactive course that trains participants on how to calculate their organisation’s supply chain emissions using practical tools such as the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework for freight and logistics. Participants will understand the transport chain and how to assess their organisation’s impact from freight transport. Participants will also be shown options for reporting emissions to clients, supply chain partners and investors.

Carbon Reduction is a practical and interactive course that trains participants on how to set ambitious yet realistic emissions reductions targets in their organisations and provides guidance on the best tools for adoption inhouse. The course provides a practical and actionable roadmap for achieving emissions targets reductions in line with corporate sustainability strategy and Ireland’s ambitious targets as set out in the Climate Action Bill 2021.

The Sustainable Procurement course trains participants on how to assess their organisation’s current procurement processes and how to adopt more sustainable practices going forward. The course provides an overview of the Smart Freight Centre’s Freight Procurement Guidelines developed in conjunction with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This course will bring participants up to date on the Circular Economy and Green Procurement (Clause 8.3 within ISO50001) in the context of a rapidly changing legislative and business environment.

This course is delivered virtually by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA)

The course is significantly subsidised at €1040

Who Is This Course For?

  • Senior Management
  • Heads of Sustainability and Sustainability Officers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Logistics Managers
  • Operations Managers

Course Content

The Carbon Literacy training workshop consists of 8 modules:

Module 1: Introductions and Context

Module 1 includes an overview of the basic science of climate change, the predicted impact and risks for businesses and the scale of the challenge for Ireland and the global community to rapidly reduce emissions to avoid the worst-case scenarios.

Module 2: Europe’s Response

Module 2 outlines the legislative and regulatory landscape for tackling climate change including the European Green Deal and the Climate Action Bill 2021 which legislates for reducing Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030. This will be followed by an overview of the key implications of climate change legislation for businesses and the business case for taking action.

Module 3: Terms and Units

Module 3 outlines the primary greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and the units of measurement businesses should use to calculate their carbon footprint. This will be followed by a comparison of the carbon impact from different forms of transport and freight.

Module 4: Business Approaches to Decarbonisation

Module 4 outlines approaches businesses can take to decarbonise their operations. The particular focus will be on strategies for companies to measure and reduce their freight

transport emissions throughout the supply chain using a 3-Step plan of ’Measure, Optimise and Reduce’.

Module 5: Measure

Module 5 outlines the key accounting and measurement principles for calculating greenhouse gas emissions. Participants will be trained on the basic mathematics needed to measure carbon emissions from direct and indirect sources. Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions will be outlined, and participants will be advised on how to set boundaries to account for emissions.

Module 6: Optimise

Module 6 will outline options for companies to make savings on emissions and on costs through better energy efficiency measures and the adoption of renewal energy resources.

Module 7: Restore

Module 7 will outline the steps businesses can take to positively impact the natural environment. Options for carbon offsetting and green investments will be discussed.

Module 8: Next Steps

Module 8 will address the next steps businesses should take including the practical tools and guidelines available to calculate, report and reduce emissions throughout their supply chains.

 

The Carbon Calculation and Reporting training workshop consists of 8 modules:

Module 1: Foundations and Context

Module 1 highlights the challenge of reducing transport emissions despite the significant projected growth in trade volumes up to 2030 and beyond. Participants will learn of the specific challenges Ireland faces with an economy heavily reliant on exporting goods off the island.

Module 2: Calculation

Module 2 will review the basic math’s and principals involved in calculating greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain. Participants will learn of the Global Logistics Emission Council (GLEC) which provides a global framework for calculating carbon emissions from transport and logistics. The key steps in the GLEC framework will be outlined.

Module 3: Transport Chain

Module 3 will assess the key modes of transport covered by the GLEC Framework: Air, Rail, Road, Sea, Inland Waterways and Logistics Sites and the associated carbon intensity of each mode. Participants will then learn the difference between boundary and scope when calculating their organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Module 4: Boundary

Module 4 will outline how to set the boundaries for carbon accounting and what a company should and should not include in their calculations. The credibility of different types of data sources will then be discussed followed by guidance on how to set ambitious but achievable science-based targets.

Module 5: Scope 1

Module 5 will address scope 1 direct emissions from fuel usage, how to take accurate readings from fuel pumps, how to account for uncertainty and how to best report the data.

Module 6: Scope 2

Module 6 will address scope 2 indirect emissions from purchased energy and how to calculate emissions from electricity and energy bills.

Module 7: Scope 3

Module 7 will address scope 3 indirect emissions from outsourced logistics and supply chain activities and the responsibilities companies have for these indirect emissions.

Module 8: Considerations

Module 8 will review the math’s and key takeaways from the course on how to calculate direct and indirect emissions. Participants will be shown how to access the GLEC framework and will be shown other emissions calculation and reporting tools that can be used in house.

 

The Carbon Reduction training workshop consists of 8 modules:

Module 1: Why Reduce Emissions?

Module 1 provides a review of the legislation on climate change and the scale of the challenge to meet our national emissions targets despite the predicted growth in trade volumes to 2030 and beyond. 

Module 2: The Business Case

Module 2 will outline the benefits to businesses on taking steps to reduce their emissions. Participants will be introduced to case studies and strategies highlighting the potential savings to companies with ambitious emissions reductions strategies.

Module 3: Avoid

Module 3 will outline ways in which companies can avoid or reduce their freight volumes to reduce their emissions. Strategies such as adopting circular economy practices, avoiding empty running and energy and fuel efficiency measures will be explored.

Module 4: Shift

Module 4 will focus on options for companies to shift to more sustainable modes of transport including electric vehicles, cargo eBikes, drones and other new technologies.

Module 5: Improve

Module 5 will outline what improvements and emissions savings can be gained by smarter use of existing transport options. Guidance will be provided to participants on how to reduce emissions by training truck drivers in eco-driving skills and other practical measures.

Module 6: Fuels

Module 6 will outline the emissions impact of fuels, progress on the electrification of light and heavy goods vehicles and the prospects of emerging technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells.

Module 7: Scope 3 – Supply Chain

Module 7 will provide practical guidance on reducing scope 3 carbon emissions from supply chain activities including outsourced transport and logistics. Examples of carbon foot printing from using the UK landbridge versus shipping directly from Ireland to mainland Europe will be compared as well as case studies of positive collaboration between manufacturers and logistics partners.

Module 8: Tools to Scale Up

Module 8 will provide guidance on practical tools that companies can use to create an effective action plan to reduce their emissions.

 

The Sustainable Procurement training workshop consists of three modules. Each of the modules will be delivered in interactive 50-minute sessions via the WebEx platform. This will be followed by a Q&A session where participants can raise particular issues and challenges their organisations are facing.

Module 1: Reprise and Update

Module 1 will review the legislative and climate context for adopting sustainable business practices. Participants will learn of the various frameworks and approaches and the ethical and business cases for taking action. Case studies of best practice including examples of Irish-based companies will be examined. This will be followed by an exploration of the definitions of circular economy, sustainable or ‘green’ procurement and the next steps for implementing these strategies within an organisation.

Module 2: The SFC/WBSCD Framework

Module 2 will introduce participants to the Smart Freight Centre (SFC) / World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Freight Procurement Guidelines. Participants will learn the key steps for implementing sustainable procurement strategies including preparation, planning, tendering and contracting, and managing and reporting of carbon emissions. Participants will also learn of options for accessing funding such as the EEOS-funded ECO Fleet platform.

Module 3: Engaging SME suppliers

Module 3 will train participants in how to engage suppliers in a sustainable energy and carbon reduction programme and how to ensure their suppliers are providing accurate and complete data. Participants will be provided with a copy of the Smart Freight Centre Procurement Guidelines for adoption within their companies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course:

Carbon Literacy: 29th September, participants will:

  • Understand the global, EU and national legislation on climate change, key targets and dates and the implications of the Climate Action Bill 2021 for Irish companies.
  • Learn of the physical and strategic risks climate change poses to businesses and the urgency of transitioning to low carbon practices.
  • Understand the terminology, basic maths and target setting of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Understand the difference between Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and what emissions companies are responsible for.
  • Learn how to compare the climate impact of different forms of transport and the most sustainable methods for the movement of freight over road, rail, air and sea.
  • Learn how to set appropriate and realistic boundaries for carbon accounting.
  • Learn of the 3-Step ’Measure, Optimise and Reduce’ plan to put a decarbonisation strategy in place.
  • Understand the next steps and practical tools needed to measure, report and reduce emissions.

Carbon Calculation and Reporting: 6th October, participants will:

  • Understand the enormous challenge Ireland faces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030 despite the predicted growth in trade volumes.
  • Understand the different modes of transport covered by the GLEC Framework and their comparative carbon intensity.
  • Understand how to set boundaries for carbon accounting and the basic math’s for making calculations.
  • Understand the differences between scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and what emissions a business is responsible for.
  • Learn how to use the GLEC Framework to measure emissions from freight and logistics throughout the supply chain.
  • Learn how to report emissions to clients, supply chain partners and investors using reporting standards.
  • Learn how to access the GLEC Framework and other practical tools for adoption within their organisation.

Carbon Reduction: 13th October, participants will:

  • Understand the legislative landscape and the business case for reducing carbon emissions throughout the supply chain.
  • Learn how to integrate greenhouse emissions targets into organisational strategy.
  • Learn how to set ambitious but achievable targets and how to ensure these targets are met.
  • Learn of ‘avoid, shift, and improve’ strategies for reducing emissions.
  • Learn the practical steps for reducing supply chain emissions including adopting alternative fuels and sustainable transport, near-sourcing of materials, alternative shipping routes, circular economy practices and sustainable procurement and investment practices.

Sustainable Procurement: 20th October, participants will:

  • Learn of the rapidly changing legislative and climate context and the ethical and business cases for sustainable logistics procurement
  • Learn of case studies of best practice in sustainable procurement
  • Understand the meaning of the circular economy and how it may apply to their business
  • Understand the priorities and criteria being used in Green Public Procurement
  • Learn of the approach taken by the SFC/WBCSD Freight Procurement Guidelines
  • Learn the key steps for implementing sustainable procurement strategies including preparation, planning, tendering and contracting, and managing and reporting
  • Learn how to engage, measure and report carbon savings from within their SME carriers.

Course Evaluation, Assessment & Grading

Participants will be asked to complete an online quiz at the end of the training workshop to demonstrate they have understood the key concepts of the course.

Certification

Each participant will be awarded a digital badge certificate awarded by the Irish Exporters Association.

The digital badge contains verifiable data on skills attained and can be downloaded for use in digital CVs, e-portfolios and email signatures and for sharing on social media platforms.

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