The UK is bound to reduce GHG emissions through the International Kyoto Protocol the UK Climate Change Act 2008 . The Act sets legally binding targets for reducing emissions by 80 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050 . To meet these targets companies need to reduce energy demand, use more energy efficient processes; and increase the number of renewable energy installations. Climate change will impact UK communities, businesses and environment so our regulatory role is key to reducing emissions.
Over the past couple of years, many consumers in Europe have gone a distinct shade of green. They have also made it emphatically clear that, as well as goods that are environmentally friendly, they want them to be ethically sourced. The trouble is that they also want an unprecedented range of goods, constantly in stock, and they want them at very low prices.
Also, commodity and raw material prices are more erratic, while green concerns are everywhere leading to new taxes being imposed on businesses. Extra taxes might be imposed on less green modes of transport such as trucking, while there may be incentives to use rail or inland waterway - and the software can factor all this in . According to a report from AMR Research in collaboration with RedPrairie, the one of the main challenges facing supply management is addressing green issues . For example, from a supply chain point of view being environment friendly means less plastic used in packaging and less cardboard for outer packaging.