Global packaging firms MeadWestVaco (MWV), Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) and Ellis Paperbox have joined the open data sustainability platform Ecodesk, in a bid to measure and analyse supply chain energy use and carbon emissions.
Ecodesk's on-going initiative measures, maps and analyses business sustainability data in an open and free-to-access environment.
The three packaging companies can develop a comprehensive picture of their own environmental impact by targeting suppliers to understand their energy use and carbon emissions.
Possible areas of improvement and cost savings in the supply chain can also be identified.
The platform is used by each company to publish its sustainability data, and also to link with suppliers and develop a map of supply chain energy use and carbon emissions.
MWV safety, health and environment vice president Dirk Krouskop said as the company realises that its business has an impact beyond its operations, it plans to reduce the overall impact of its value chain.
"We know that companies up and down this chain will have to use resources more efficiently in order to remain competitive in their industries. As a result, we believe there are opportunities to cost effectively become more efficient and more sustainable," Krouskop said.
Understanding carbon emissions and water use is said to allow the companies to make improvements while also collaborating with a large stakeholder base.
By working with Ecodesk, the companies can strengthen their existing sustainability efforts and understand further their suppliers and make informed decisions pertaining to procurement.
According to Canadian packaging supplier Ellis, understanding the whole value chain will enable the company to create new business opportunities, besides giving it a complete picture of where it can develop efficiencies among its suppliers.
Ecodesk CEO Robert Clarke, commenting on the collaboration, said, "These businesses have quickly realised the benefits of having an open data relationship with their customers but also their own suppliers. This transparency and collaboration can only lead to a stronger, more dynamic packaging industry."
Image: Packaging companies can use Ecodesk platform to publish their sustainability data; Photo: Courtesy of Ecodesk