(Re)building a more climate-friendly supply chain

COP26

16. Nov 2021

Evan Farbstein

Author

Kristian Rönn

CEO & Co-founder of Normative

Watch Normative CEO Kristian Rönn in a New York Times COP26 panel discussion about rebuilding greener supply chains

Evan Farbstein

Author

Kristian Rönn

CEO & Co-founder of Normative

COVID pushed global supply chains to a breaking point. Though the world is settling into the “new normal,” supply chains have yet to recover – and climate change-induced extreme weather will only worsen the situation.

To discuss how to rebuild supply chains in a climate-strained world, The New York Times Climate Hub brought together business leaders for a panel at COP26 entitled Back to Basics: Building Resilient Supply Chains.

Joining Normative CEO Kristian Rönn on the panel was Interface’s Erin Meezan – the Chief Sustainability Officer steering the flooring company toward “absolute zero emissions” – and Therma° CEO Manik Suri, who is building a “smart cool chain” for reducing emissions in the refrigeration industry.

The panel agreed: a data-driven approach is vital to helping the supply chain reduce emissions. When companies can measure, understand, and compare their supply chain’s carbon footprint, they then have the leverage to motivate their supply chain to reduce emissions.

We expect [companies] to understand the carbon implications of doing business – and that is Scope 1,2, and 3. We are increasingly saying to our supply chain: ‘this is expected of you.’

Erin Meezan

But it goes beyond pressuring suppliers. The panel recommended firm incentives from governments encouraging suppliers to operate in climate-friendly ways. 

Watch the full panel:

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