In 2009, the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) decided to pilot test a “carbon reporting” system for its electronics industry participants. EICC observed that Scope 3 emissions are critical in the electronics supply chain, but “supply chains lacked a proven, practical and standardized approach.” Here are the results from the pilot test:
Of those suppliers contacted, 26 percent responded. Analysis of the responses revealed several key takeaways:
- There are large gaps in supplier data sets
- Repeated requests for a supplier’s data increase the likelihood of a response
- Emissions and energy data needs qualitative explanation; numbers alone do not paint a clear picture
- Emissions and energy data needs to be reported in both absolute and normalized terms
The pilot also uncovered several challenges. Participant feedback following the pilot indicated that:
- The System’s online interface was not intuitive, too complicated, and was a barrier to responding.
- Multilingual interface and support is critical to increasing the response rate, since the majority of suppliers contacted were located in non-English speaking countries
- Additional training is needed to increase supplier knowledge and awareness of how to measure GHG emissions
These challenges are not surprising: a new information system that gathers new types of data resulting in high levels of complexity.
The reporting system was reloaded in 2011. More on this in-process effort soon.