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9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

Energy efficient improvements to steam systems for suppliers.

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SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target

9.4

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

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Assessment

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(1) Evaluate and analyze the amount of money and time that your company can invest into helping your supplier achieve these changes which could result in long-term benefits for your company.
(2) Use the below Energy Star link, to help suppliers identify the areas of their steam system that can undergo energy efficiency improvements.

Opportunity

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Business:
By saving energy, the supplier is also saving on the costs associated with energy. The 2 recommended strategies in the document also have the potential for increased connectivity with the supplier's operations, potentially fostering a stronger relationship with them. Energy prices are very volatile, so by reducing energy usage, there is improved price stability.

Sustainability:
There is a high degree of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the high energy outputs of current paper production processes. By reducing energy usage, emissions also get reduced.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Conduct an internal assessment to gauge the amount of resources you can devote to helping the supplier achieve energy efficiency improvements.
(2) Contact eligible suppliers and work with them on the various ways that they can improve their steam systems based on the targets detailed.
(3) Assist in the implementation of the energy-saving programs for their steam systems.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Implement check measures into the contract to ensure that the supplier follows through with the implementation of the energy-saving program.
(2) Ensure that the supplier is compliant with energy star certifications or coordinate with suppliers to reach an agreement on which guidelines to follow from the below document.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Re-evaluate the established targets on an annual basis and discuss the emergence of new technologies in the market based on the conditions of steam systems and the necessity for applying these technology changes.

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