CPI2 – a joint initiative to reduce
carbon emissions in supply chains

Reducing carbon emissions to protect the world‘s climate – CPI2 has the tools and offers benefits for factories and retailers

The "Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative” (CPI2) is an initiative of retailers and brands aiming to be front runners in climate protection. CPI2 offers a unique, action driven and powerful approach to reduce the carbon footprint of products. It supports manufacturers to use energy more efficiently.

Three simple facts:

1. Leverage to reduce carbon emissions for a retailer is in the supply chain

2. Many factories face increasing energy prices and require support 

3. Supply chains are complex - a scalable, professional management tool is needed  

With CPI2, retailers and factories have access to a tool that allows efficiency improvements on a global scale for the first time. Combining a systematic analysis with an online approach and a focus on guidance, CPI2 has the power to become a worldwide standard in carbon reduction.

Image Source of logo: UNFCCC

CPI2 at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw


Side Event organized by German Environmental Agency


CPI2 has been presented at the United Nations' Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 19) by Christian Dietrich (Director CPI2). At the panel Jochen Flasbarth (President of Umweltbundesamt), Christoph Bals (Policy Director of German Watch), Nigel Topping (Chief Innovation Officer of Carbon Disclosure Project) and Dr. Johannes Merck (Vice President Corporate Responsibility of Otto Group) discussed climate protection in global supply chains. They agreed strongly that retailers must advocate CO2-reductions among their business partners. There is enormous potential. CPI2 has taken a leading role by providing an action-driven and effective approach.

Click here to see a video of CPI2 at the Climate Change Conference

“Climate protection does not end at the doorstep of import companies.”

Dr. Matthias Händle, CEO Hamm Reno Group

Guidance towards improved
carbon performance

  • REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS IN FACTORIES

    REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS IN FACTORIES

    Carbon emissions are largely related to energy use. Along the value chain of consumer goods, manufacturing is a hot spot of carbon emissions. CPI2 manages carbon reductions in factories.  

  • HARVEST CONSIDERABLE POTENTIALS

    HARVEST CONSIDERABLE POTENTIALS

    There are large potentials of CO2-reductions in the supply chain. Energy use can be optimized in any factory. Typically, 10% of energy consumption can be saved by simple measures at no or low costs. Factories can achieve 30-40% by systematically making use of CPI2. Reducing carbon emissions by hundreds of tons becomes possible!

  • OFFER CAPACITY BUILDING

    OFFER CAPACITY BUILDING

    CPI2 enables factories to become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon emissions. It provides a systematic analysis, concrete guidance and a structured management approach. Progress will not happen over night – CPI2 establishes a process of continuous improvement.

  • OPTIMIZE ENERGY USE IN FACTORIES

    OPTIMIZE ENERGY USE IN FACTORIES

    The price level for electricity and fuels is increasing in many regions. Rising energy prices have a negative impact on production costs of consumer goods. Furthermore, many countries enforce stricter environmental regulations. CPI2 helps to minimize risks related to energy use. 

  • IMPROVE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

    IMPROVE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

    CPI2 offers retailers and brands an effective instrument to reduce carbon emissions among their suppliers. It creates a path towards excellency of business partners. All suppliers can now be reached at once. Improvements can start straight away. Factories will improve their overall performance. CPI2 enhances the relationship between retailer and supplier. 

  • CREATE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

    CREATE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

    Consumers worldwide are increasingly aware of carbon emissions in the supply chain. They demand more responsibility from brands and retailers. CPI2 makes the supply chain more sustainable.

CPI2 ACTIVATES

Reducing carbon emissions in the supply chain becomes easy.

CPI2 ENABLES

Know-how transfer enables factories to take action.

CPI2 MANAGES

Retailers benchmark suppliers and improve excellence levels.

“We bear responsibility towards our customers, our employees and our suppliers, but also towards the generations to come. Energy efficiency and savings are core issues of our sustainable business.”

Dagmar Heuer, Managing Director Sourcing & Purchasing, Ernsting's family