Aggressive emissions reductions are needed to hold the global mean temperature to 2-degrees C above preindustrial levels in order to avoid the worst risks to society and business from climate change. China is responsible for around a quarter of the world's total annual GHG emissions, and many companies consolidate significant portions of their supply chains in China. Recognizing this situation, a growing number of multinational company buyers have set goals to reduce GHG emissions in their Chinese supply chains.
This working paper aims to assist sustainability and supply chain managers at companies in consumer products and manufacturing industries seeking to reduce GHG emissions. The paper identifies four limiting factors that represent obstacles standing in the way of progress in emissions reductions through supply chain management. In turn, it highlights opportunities for companies to make progress. Rather than a process, the working paper presents a portfolio of options that companies can build into their programs to reduce supply chain emissions.