In recent years the Environmental Improvement category has become a particularly sought after Award. This year there were three very close contenders for the trophy with just a point or two between them – Jaguar Land Rover, IBM ISC and Diageo.
Jaguar Land Rover has been involved in a five year programme to significantly reduce CO2 through a process of continuous improvement across the whole of its logistics operations, both inbound and outbound.
IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain organisation takes in manufacturing, logistics, engineering, hardware operations, sales transaction support, systems and services globally, as well as procurement. The company view themselves as class leaders in environmental leadership and in line with this corporate goal, they have set up a packaging engineering centre of competence, which aims to optimise packaging for all hardware products – saving cost and materials. Between 2011 – 2012 some 2,200 tonnes of packaging material have been saved. The judges were impressed with the way innovations have been developed and shared with suppliers. For these reasons, the judges highly commend IBM ISC.
It was a close call, but the final decision was made. Diageo has set ambitious environmental targets to meet by 2015 for carbon, water and waste. The company’s goal on carbon is to reduce emissions from global production sites by 50 per cent. The focus has been on four key areas – improving energy usage in operations, generating renewable energy at sites, sourcing renewable or low-carbon electricity and collaborating on reducing carbon in the distribution network.
The judges were particularly impressed by the recent completion of a £6 million bio-energy plant at the company’s Glenlossie distillery, which burns spent grain to power the distilling process – saving 6,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The judges say: “Diageo has demonstrated true innovation within its industry with large scale environmental improvement projects, and while they are still in the early stages of deployment, they are showing good returns on investment.” Such innovation deserved the trophy.
– IBM ISC
– AB Lindex with DHL International Supply Chain
– IBM ISC
– Jaguar Land Rover