Cummins targets supply chain with green initiative

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Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins is launching a new programme that connects with the supply chain to help improve the company’s environmental impact and reduce its carbon footprint.

Cummins has engine plants at Darlington and Daventry. With the Environmental Innovation Gateway, it aims to discover innovative submissions from suppliers to Cummins’ UK facilities, whose goods and services can assist the company in achieving and surpassing environmental targets.

Cummins Darlington - one of the first plants to move to zero disposal to landfillCummins has set targets by 2020 to reduce its global annual emissions by 3.5 million metric tonnes.

The project team has identified nine areas of opportunity:

  1. Searching for technology that allows Cummins to benchmark energy/water/waste data, both internally and externally
  2. Investigate technologies that will reduce energy consumption on compressors
  3. Investigate measures to reduce energy and water consumption of existing HVAC machinery and exploring alternative technologies
  4. Move the packaging waste stream up the waste hierarchy to support Cummins zero to landfill initiative.
  5. Increase the implementation of renewable energy technologies at Cummins to reduce Greenhouse Gas intensity
  6. Reduce Energy Consumption on IT & Manufacturing Equipment without Affecting Productivity
  7. Capture and reuse heat and electrical energy from our test cell operations
  8. Seek innovations that reduce water consumption in welfare facilities
  9. Any other goods and services that will assist Cummins

Jim Johnson, indirect purchasing sourcing specialist said: “To accelerate the adoption of innovations within the organisation, Cummins are inviting small, medium, large and start-up businesses the opportunity to submit proposals. The gateway will review all submissions with external partners to ensure transparency, selecting the top 15 applicants with the aim to trial them in Q4 2016.”

The first cycle is open for proposals until the 30th September 2016.

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