Energy Management and Product Sustainability Standards – A Key Link to Sustainable Supply Chains
Reducing supplier energy consumption can be critical to creating more sustainable and resilient supply chains, and can be achieved by embedding criteria for energy management systems into product sustainability standards. Manufacturers across the globe are taking steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become more sustainable. Large industrial corporations rightly tout their efforts and successes. However, their upstream emissions, that is, the emissions from companies supplying components, are more difficult to address. These supplier companies are often smaller manufacturers with limited awareness or incentives to reduce emissions. Within the electronics industry, a diverse group of stakeholders is seeking to make the electronics sector more sustainable and resilient through product sustainability standards. The U.S. Department of Energy is engaged in these endeavors, including efforts to reduce supplier energy consumption by incorporating criteria into these sustainability standards that encourage the adoption of energy management systems and practices. Such activity within the electronics sector can be a significant component of a broader resilience roadmap for the sector's supply chain. This paper highlights the efforts to embed energy management practices into electronics products supply chains to build resilience, and presents a business case using examples from U.S. manufacturers that can be replicable to other manufacturing sectors.