How is Avery Dennison reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its supply chain?
We follow the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard that classifies a company’s GHG emissions into three ‘scopes’. Scope 1 emissions are from our own operations. Our Scope 2 emissions are from the purchased energy we consume. Scope 3 emissions are all indirect emissions from our suppliers in the value chain.
In 2018, we completed our scope 3 GHG emissions inventory and determined that upstream goods and services is our largest category of scope 3 emissions, due to the volumes of paper, films, and chemicals we purchase. Accordingly, we set a 2030 sustainability goal to reduce our scope 3 emissions by 30% and are partnering with CDP Supply Chain and EcoVadis to collect energy and emissions-related data from our key suppliers in order to partner with them to achieve our target.
To further understand opportunities for reducing our carbon footprint, we use a proprietary environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) tool we developed for the materials we source.
Also, we are working on creating a tool that will enable us to capture our holistic carbon picture which will provide specific carbon emissions information for our products based on their region of production, raw material sourcing, and different end-of-life scenarios.