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Helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in international trade to determine and reduce their indirect carbon emission along the supply chain

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According to Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG), scope 3 emission includes all the indirect activities that occurs in company’s supply chain (logistic, business travels, purchased goods and services etc.). The scope 3 emission are also usually larger than the scope 1 (direct) and scope 2 (purchased energy) emission for many companies that are in the international trade businesses. At the moment, there are no clear guidelines for SMEs on how to determine and calculate their scope 3 emission. To make a rather accurate assessment of the corporate carbon footprint, it is essential to include the scope 3 emission into the overall carbon footprint calculation. However, with the limited resources at hand, it is rather difficult for SMEs to determine and calculate their scope 3 activities.

Our challenge
As a SME in international trade, the first challenge is to determine which activities should be included in the scope 3 and which are rather irrelevant. Due to the limitation of our resources, the second challenge would be to use the available data to determine the logistic emission that occurs during international shipments. Supplementary, the gathered insights should be used to develop concepts reducing the carbon footprint of the supply chain.

Expected impact
Companies all around the world are facing the challenge of determining and reducing their carbon footprint, which is especially cumbersome for SMEs. The challenge participants will work on this topic to guide and accelerate the process of data acquisition and evaluation for SMEs. The gathered insights are presented to the challenge provider and discussed for future application into the daily business processes.

Target groups
Authorities, Boards of SMEs, Citizens, Mayors, Professionals, Students

The project
The project will be run over a four-week period (November 24 till December 15):

                      24.11.2021, 16:00-19:00 (CET): Kick-Off

                      01.12.2021, 16:00-18:00 (CET): Intermediate presentation

                      08.12.2021: 16:00-18:00 (CET): Intermediate presentation

                      15.12.2021: 16:00-18:00 (CET): Closing event

Expectations from participants
Innovative ideas and active participation; work in teams, average workload 5-10 hours/week for 4 weeks

The deadline for applications, including your name, email address, and status (student/professional/…) is 21 November, 23:59 (CET)

There is no admission process required for this challenge. All admitted students will be informed shortly before the kick-off to receive the Zoom-link for the first meeting. For questions related to the content of the challenge or any other information, please contact the Teamchers.

Structure of the challenge
Online via Zoom. Technical equipment incl. webcam will be needed.

Expected group size
2-10 participants, to be divided into 1-2 teams.

Interaction between the challenge provider (Norevo GmbH), teamchers, and participants.