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Sustainability in the Supply Chain

In 2008, a group of electric utilities came together to discuss how they could collaborate on reducing the environmental impact of the products and services used by the industry, as well as the utilities’ supply chain operations. The group felt it could more effectively accomplish these goals by working together, and formed the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance. The nonprofit alliance includes more than a dozen member utilities and is recognized as a standards development organization by the U.S. Department of Justice.

To date, the alliance has developed environmental best practices and conducted its first survey of suppliers. The alliance also formed working groups focused on reducing the environmental impacts of wood poles, wire and cable, transformers and fleet vehicles.

In 2010, the alliance will launch initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in members’ supply chain operations and encouraging suppliers to focus on this objective in their operations, as well. More information on the alliance is available at www.euissca.org.