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Supply Chain Leadership Award

The application period for the 2015 Climate Leadership Awards closed on September 12, 2014.


Recognizes organizations that have their own comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals and demonstrate they are at the leading edge of managing greenhouse gas emissions in their organizational supply chains.

Application and Submission Instructions
  1. Review the general eligibility requirements and the specific evaluation criteria for the Supply Chain Leadership Award category specified below.
  2. Download the 2015 Supply Chain Leadership Award Application form to review questions, provide requested information, and prepare materials as needed.
  3. Once the application is complete and materials are finalized, save a final copy on your own computer.
  4. Please submit final materials by e-mail to applications@ClimateLeadershipAwards.org with the following subject line: Application for Supply Chain Leadership Award.

Please Note: If applying for an award in more than one category, submissions must be made separately for each. An organization may not reapply for an award category in which it has won in the past two years (e.g., an organization that won in a category in 2014 may not reapply for the same category until the 2017 awards, however, it can apply in another category if it meets the eligibility requirements for that category).

Early bird applications were due by August 8, 2014. All other applications were due by September 12, 2014.

Supply Chain Leadership Award Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Supply Chain Leadership Award must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have significant operations in the United States. Given the global nature of climate change, the majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions do not have to occur in the U.S.
  • Meet one of the following descriptions:
    • Legally-recognized corporate organization with annual revenue over $100 million; or
    • Governmental entity or academic organization with annual budget over $100 million.
  • Publicly report a recent, third-party verified GHG inventory of all GHG emissions from scopes 1, 2 & 3. Scope 3 GHG inventory sources may include supply chain activities such as purchased goods and services; waste generated in operations; transportation and distribution; and product use.
  • Have a current, publicly-set, aggressive, organization-wide GHG emissions reduction goal.

Please Note: Beginning with emissions year 2014, verification to at least a limited level of assurance consistent with ISO 14064-3, conducted by a verification body accredited to ISO 14065 will be required for all inventories submitted to comply with Climate Leadership Award application requirements. In addition, 2014 base years and achievement years used to qualify for the GHG Management recognition will be required to be verified to a reasonable level of assurance consistent with the above ISO standards. Inventories for emissions years prior to 2014 that have gone through limited assurance, third-party critical review or were previously reviewed and approved under EPA's former Climate Leaders program will be accepted for all applications.

Exemplary supply chain-focused activities must have taken place between January 1, 2012 and September 12, 2014. However, applications may also refer to actions that commenced before that time and continued into the application period and the length of time an action has been in practice, or which explains how that prior activity served as a foundation for ongoing and more current activities.

Supply Chain Leadership Award Evaluation Criteria

GHG Reduction Goal Requirements

Have one of the following types of current, public GHG reduction goals:

  • An aggressive absolute corporate GHG emissions reduction goal (U.S., North American, or global operations);
  • An aggressive intensity goal established before October 5, 2010 (including all Climate Leaders intensity-based goals), that would have been deemed to be aggressive at the time the goal was established;
  • An intensity goal accompanied by a parallel and translatable absolute reduction goal.

GHG reduction goals must significantly exceed credible and transparent sector-specific, business-as-usual performance forecasts. For more information on demonstrating the aggressiveness of a reduction goal through benchmarking, please refer to EPA's guidance.

Requirements Related to Transportation and Distribution-Related Activities

Applicants citing significant achievements in U.S. and Canadian transportation and distribution-related supply chain activities must be both an EPA SmartWay partner and eligible for recognition under SmartWay's Excellence Awards criteria. If an applicant is not eligible to be a SmartWay partner, then EPA's SmartWay Excellence Award criteria do not apply.

For more information, see Frequent Questions.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following attributes:

  • Breadth and scope of the implemented program, which should cover multiple supply chain (scope 3) emissions categories from significant sources. 1
  • Degree to which an action surpasses normal business practice in a sector.
  • GHG reduction potential or effect of the implemented action.
  • Level of commitment demonstrated by the applicant.
  • Demonstration of collaborative engagement with suppliers and/or customers.
  • Activities that are deemed to be better than business-as-usual.

1. Please see the Greenhouse Gas Protocol's diagram (PDF) (5 pp, 2 MB) Exit EPA Disclaimer for examples of Scope 3 emissions categories.

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