The May 19th Quantify and Report GHG Emissions event — developed by the AIAG GHG work group — was offered on a complimentary basis to increase supplier awareness and knowledge related to the challenge of calculating and reporting GHG emissions. Speakers from OEMs as well as suppliers and service providers shared information about GHG requirements, automotive industry best practices, and resources.
This event was important for both OEMs and suppliers, according to Lecedra Welch, AIAG’s program manager, environmental sustainability. “OEMs wanted to give collaborative training to suppliers on GHG calculating and reporting,” she explains. “And suppliers were able to gain understanding of their own customers’ requirements and know that what they are reporting has value.”
The topic of how to choose the most effective approach to GHG reporting for an individual company was presented by Alissa Yakali, Honda environmental specialist at Honda North America, Inc. “There is not a right or wrong approach,” she says. “The key is to choose the approach that best fits the company and stick with it.” To get a clear view of any changes in emissions, it’s important to use the same approach to reporting year after year, she told the group. “If your company is working toward a reduction target, this is even more important. It is natural for companies to change and evolve, and when this happens, it is understandable that the approach may change. In that case, a strategic method must be used so that past hard work is not lost.”
The sessions on Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions gave suppliers information on how to identify emission courses, collect data, and calculate emissions. Part of the challenge for suppliers is that many lack sufficient staff or resources to handle the multitude of customer and external requests for GHG emissions information, especially as they progress from Scope 1 through Scope 3. The task of calculating GHG emissions can be complicated, and it often requires in-depth knowledge of different methodologies and approaches. “I believe the next steps for the supplier would be GHG reduction strategies,” says Welch. “There are resources out there such as EPA Energy Star that suppliers can become more engaged with as they look for ways to help them reduce their carbon footprint. “
Estimating GHG emissions is an important first step in environmental sustainability, Welch points out. “The benefit of reporting is that it can identify areas of improvement that can lead to operational cost savings and energy efficiencies.”
This event will be available online soon as a webcast for those who were unable to attend.
For more information on how to join AIAG’s GHG Work Group, contact Program Manager, Environmental Sustainability Lecedra Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org.