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Home Improvement Retailers Formulate Carbon Emissions Taskforce in Supply Chain

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Today, an international collaborative initiative comprised of hundreds of home improvement retailers launched to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their industry's supply chains and products used in clients' homes.

Two prominent international trade organizations, the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) and the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN), have come together to form a task force whose purpose is to decrease the emissions of the sector that are most difficult to address. This task force comprises 224 retailers from 78 countries.

The initial members of the alliance include many well-known retail companies, such as the UK's Kingfisher (owner of B&Q and Screwfix), Bunnings of Australia and New Zealand, Cainz of Japan, Home Depot of North America, the German Hornbach and Finland's Kesko.

The task force, set up by two trade bodies, is looking to motivate retailers of home improvement products to collect and use carbon data with more uniformity in their supply chains and to exchange successful techniques for making their sector more carbon-neutral.

The representatives declared that EDRA/GHIN members would be motivated to collaborate with providers in a pre-competitive fashion to examine how they can aid green technology and progress towards a carbon-efficient and more cyclic economy.

The task force has reported that Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions account for over 90% of the emissions from home improvement retailers, and these emissions are the most difficult to address since they are not within the direct control of the companies.

John Herbert, the general secretary of the EDRA/GHIN network, announced that the purpose of the new task force was to create opportunities to consider both the environmental problems and ways to enhance retailers' operations concurrently.

According to him, EDRA/GHIN is distinct because it brings together 224 retail companies in 78 countries to respond to a shared threat in the home improvement sector.

Garnier, the group CEO of Kingfisher and president of EDRA/GHIN, declared that the industry's most prominent decarbonization obstacle and a great commercial prospect both stem from decreasing emissions in the production and utilization of products.

The spokesperson noted that their goods allow customers to assemble residences that are more efficient on resources such as energy and water. Even though a large group of EDRA/GHIN members have already been striving to evaluate and tackle their Scope 3 impacts within their operations, it is a very intricate area that carries a variety of common difficulties.

We earnestly hope that by joining forces, we can develop more efficient and straightforward strategies to reduce our emissions. To this end, I call on all global home improvement retailers to participate in this new working group.


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