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Sustainability, Green, Green House Gases (GHG) and Zero Carbon

These words are hitting us in the media and through our business dealings on a frequent, nearly daily, basis now. What do they mean? How do we make sense of it all? How will it impact us?

Many different environmental standards exist today, such as the old standard bearers that are still new to many like ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems standard) and new ones like ISO 14064 for Greenhouse Gases Emissions. How do these standards relate? Furthermore, there currently is not a single standard or guidance document related to Sustainability. Also, sometimes it is confusing, ISO 26000 which is currently in the draft stage, mentions"Sustainable Development" and explains that"Social Responsibility" is a means to achieve Sustainable Development.

Nothing is moving faster in the world today than the push to become "Greener". If you think this does not or will not impact you, you are wrong and run the risk of being left behind as the global economy demands products and services from organizations committed to the "Green Movement". One needs to look no further than the current shifting from incandescent light bulbs to more energy efficient alternatives such as compact fluorescent lamps or LED lamps to see this movement and its impact on the marketplace in action. We see this movement as important to today's global economy as the Quality Movement was to the 1970s. In fact, Walmart has announced a Sustainability Assessment for its entire supply base numbering 100,000 global suppliers in order to develop a worldwide sustainable product index. Walmart cites the demand of consumers for more efficient, longer lasting, better performing products and the impact of greenhouse gases and depletion/waste of natural resources as key reasons why such an index is needed.

Walmart's ultimate goal is to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its global supply chain by the end 2015. This represents one and a half times the company's estimated global carbon footprint growth over the next five years, or the equivalent of taking more than 3.8 million cars off the road for a year.

"Energy efficiency and carbon reduction are central issues in the world today," said Mike Duke, Walmart president and CEO."Weve been working to make a difference in these areas, both in our own footprint and our supply chain. We know that we have an opportunity to do more and the capacity to do more."

"Like everything we do at Walmart, this commitment ends up coming down to our customers," Duke added."Reducing carbon in the life cycle of our products will often mean reducing energy use. That will mean greater efficiency and, with the rising cost of energy, lower costs, making our business stronger and more competitive. And, as we help our suppliers reduce their energy use, costs and carbon footprint, well be helping our customers do the same thing."

Join Omnex for a clear and concise one hour discussion on the origins of Sustainability and how the standards of ISO 14001, ISO 26000 and ISO 14064 Series can be made understood and integrated to benefit your company. We will also look at Walmart's assessment and discuss its implications on the Food Industry and the general impact of Sustainability and the cost-savings and innovation opportunities it presents to organizations in all industries worldwide.

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