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The EDRA/GHIN Scope 3 taskforce will agree on consistent methodologies in how carbon data is treated through the supply chain and share best practices in both reporting and accelerating the industry’s progress in reducing Scope 3.
This week at the 9th Global DIY-Summit in Berlin,
EDRA/GHIN — the global trade bodies for
home-improvement retailers — launched a collaborative taskforce to help the
sector reduce its Scope 3 greenhouse gas
— those that come from retailers’ supply chains and from consumer use of their
The founding members of the taskforce are Adeo
(Europe, South America, South Africa)
Bunnings (Australia & New Zealand);
Cainz (Japan); The Home
Depot (North America); Hornbach (Europe);
Kesko (Scandinavia); Kingfisher
plc (UK & Europe);
OBI (Europe) and Sodimac
“Climate change is a threat none of us can afford to ignore. For
home-improvement retailers, this is a positive move where we can help them find
ways to come together to address one of the fundamental environmental issues for
our planet, while developing their business,” says EDRA/GHIN General Secretary
John Herbert. “With 224 retail
companies in 78 countries, what makes EDRA/GHIN unique is that we really can
bring together so much of the world of home improvement to unite around this
common threat. While we’ve held forums on what actions retailers are taking,
announcing this at the 9th Global DIY-Summit — in front of hundreds of retailers
and many of their suppliers — is a great way to launch this new initiative.”
As is the case for many types of retailers, Scope 3 emissions make up the bulk
of their carbon emissions; in the case of home-improvement retailers, it’s more
than 90 percent. Given the scale of their impact, they are the most important,
but also notoriously difficult to
as they fall outside of retailers’ direct operational control.
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There are a range of different approaches and methods used to measure and report
on companies’ Scope 3 carbon footprints. This causes confusion and
inefficiencies for retailers trying to lower their emissions across their value
chains and creates an additional burden on their suppliers — the
home-improvement product manufacturers.
The EDRA/GHIN Scope 3 taskforce will aim to address this challenge by agreeing
on more consistent methodologies in how carbon data is treated through the
supply chain and sharing best practices in both the reporting and accelerating
the industry’s progress in reducing Scope 3 emissions. These learnings will also
be shared with a wider learning group for all EDRA/GHIN members to benefit from.
Scope 3 spans the entire supply chain; so, EDRA/GHIN Members will also be
talking to its suppliers, on a pre-competitive basis, to see how they can
encourage innovation and work towards a more circular and carbon-efficient
“As retailers, reducing emissions in how our products are made and used is our
biggest challenge; but it’s also an opportunity,” asserts Thierry
Garnier, President of
EDRA/GHIN and Group CEO of Kingfisher. “Many of the products we sell help
customers afford to create better homes that are more resource efficient, using
less energy and water. While a number of EDRA/GHIN members have been working on
measuring and addressing their Scope 3
in their own businesses, it is a highly complex area with many shared
challenges. By coming together, hopefully we can find more consistent, simpler
ways to drive down our emissions. I invite home-improvement retailers from
around the world to join us in this new taskforce.”
Published Jun 16, 2023 8am EDT / 5am PDT / 1pm BST / 2pm CEST