Supply Chain Energy and Environmental Management

GSA’s industry partners and peers — including (among others) dozens of major retailers, automakers, electronics manufacturers, financial companies, and hospitality companies — consistently share with us that working with suppliers to reduce their energy and environmental footprints can increase efficiencies and reduce business risks for all parties, generating cost savings and other forms of financial value. GSA is working to adopt these industry best practices for supply chain management as an important best-value component of solutions that vendors provide to the federal government.

In 2015, GSA supplemented these efforts by joining CDP Supply Chain, a third-party supply chain disclosure system. Contractor participation in GSA’s CDP Supply Chain program is by invitation only, and is voluntary for invited contractors, unless separately required by contract. As of November 2016, reporting via the CDP system specifically is not required by any GSA contract, while a minority of contract holders are required to report energy and environmental performance data, with CDP as one option for reporting.

GSA develops contract requirements for energy and environmental management based on anticipated cost savings and impact opportunities, unique to each procurement and market sector. GSA believes that a market sector approach is best, since it aligns with other GSA strategic sourcing practices and recognizes that opportunities to reduce costs via energy and environmental management differ between market sectors, depending on the relevant impacts and practices of each sector.

To assist vendors in identifying relevant sustainable management practices, the following tables provide links to resources and information. Some of these links lead to nongovernmental websites.

Federal Agency Tools and Resources, Including Small Business Tools

Website Description
Guidelines for Energy Management EPA offers a proven strategy for superior energy management with tools, and resources to help each step of the way. Based on the successful practices of ENERGY STAR partners, these guidelines for energy management can assist your organization in improving its energy, and its financial performance while distinguishing your organization as an environmental leader.
Green Power Locator Buying renewable electricity is one of the easiest ways for many small businesses to reduce their GHG footprint. In many areas, green power options are available directly through your local utility. This Department of Energy (DOE) tool helps locate providers of renewable electricity by state.

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Information on Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR)

These links lead to nongovernmental websites.

Website Description
CDP (Formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) CDP is a global third-party system for companies to measure, disclose, manage, and share information on energy and environmental practices. With thousands of companies reporting annually, CDP is the world's largest registry of corporate energy and environmental information.
Global Reporting Initiative The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that provides sustainability reporting guidance and maintains a database of sustainability reports. GRI has pioneered and developed a comprehensive Sustainability Reporting Framework that is widely used around the world. The Framework enables all organizations to measure and report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance – the four key areas of sustainability.

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