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Demonstration of SCEnAT on cloud the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The advancement in cloud services now offers Universities and research groups access to an unparalleled level of technological power. The University of Sheffield will play host to this event to demonstrate the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT), an innovative application powered by Windows Azure. The event will also celebrate the launch of the Microsoft and Janet document pack.

Professor Lenny Koh Director of The University of Sheffield Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre will speak about SCEnAT and its benefits to users. Carlos Oliveira, Managing Director of Shaping Cloud will discuss the development of the tool and benefits of utilising the technology. Mark McManus, Cloud Services Business Manager at Microsoft will talk about the Windows Azure platform and discuss the benefits to Universities and research groups. Tony Lewis of Janet will conclude the event by discussing the exclusive contractual amendments and due diligence available to research and education institutions in the form of the Janet Cloud Services for Education Agreement.

The advanced cloud technology used to build the tool has been recognised by Microsoft who have featured a case study about the tool on their own website.

This event is being supported by the University of Sheffield, Microsoft, Janet and Shaping Cloud.

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Tool which targets carbon emission hotspots in supply chains developed

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Professor Lenny Koh, of the Management School, has created the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT) to help companies cut their carbon emissions

The tool, which is already being used by a number of international companies and is being considered by aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, creates a database of carbon usage, arming businesses with ways to reduce their carbon emissions and associated costs, providing interventions, as well as offering guidance and support.

“There was a need for a state-of-the-art tool for carbon emissions accounting and management across product supply chains,” said Professor Koh, who is Director of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre and Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES).

“SCEnAT was created by identifying shortcomings in existing tools and proposing a new framework to provide businesses with a holistic understanding of their supply chains. As well as ensuring partners within the networks have a shared understanding of their emissions.

“SCEnAT is a first step on the pathway in adopting a balanced, green, supply chain system approach. The main benefits of using it are that the visible process of strategic emission reduction allows firms to promote their green credentials to supply chain partners and customers, and it provides a single, easily accessible source of potential, low carbon, intervention solutions.”

The carbon assessment and decision support tool looks at the whole supply chain, mapping out different tiers and identifying carbon hot-spots. It is a living system which is capable of updating itself with every application.

Nigel Davies, Manufacturing and Technical Director at Muntons plc, who make malt products, who has introduced the tool to the business, said: “The tool is a very practical and flexible system that Muntons plc has used to analyse and make real impacts on its supply chains.”

The tool was presented at a conference hosted by DLA Piper LLP on The Business Strategy to Low Carbon Supply Chains targeting businesses and organisations interested in low carbon supply chain management.

Mark Tomlinson, Director of Operations at Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, said: “The model has been a handy tool which has assisted us in understanding our emissions profile. By engaging with the tool we have been able to identify carbon hotspots within our processes and the impacts of other supply chain inputs. ”

Ian Shellard, Global Physical Logistics Director at Rolls-Royce plc, added: “Tools like SCEnAT can be used in a very creative way by Rolls-Royce for instance in assessing the total carbon impacts on different supply chain distribution options.”

The research was led by the University of Sheffield, working in partnership with the Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF), the University of York, the University of Hull, the Stockholm Environmental Institute, CEES, the LSCM Research Centre, and the CLCF Low Carbon Supply Chain Business Advisory Board.

For more information on the Centre for Low Carbon Futures visit: Centre for Low Carbon Futures

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Join Prof Lenny Koh at Sustainable Transport Engineering Event 6th Dec

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

What’s the best way to Engineer Sustainable Transport for Sheffield, our region and beyond in a low carbon, pollution and hassle free environment without congestion or breaking the bank?

The event will take place on Tuesday 6 December, 1:30 – 4:30pm, hosted by DLA Piper, 1 St Paul’s Place, Sheffield S1 2JX.

Join  Perry Walker, Fellow, New Economics Foundation (nef) and Wendy Stern Action for Involvement Plus:

  • Dr Peter Bull, Traffic Information & Control Manager, Transport & Highways, Sheffield City Council;
  • Dr Rob Carroll, Fixed Equipment Technical Engineer, Stagecoach Supertram Maintenance Ltd;
  • Dr Michael Hines, Chemical Engineer, ACAL Ltd;
  • Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean, University of Sheffield;
  • Timothy Lynn, Transport & Highways Consultant, Amey Ltd;
  • Dr Andy Young, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University.

This event will take a look at how Sheffield’s transport system may look 30 years from now to move people, goods, services and supplies into, out of and around the City, our region and beyond in a low carbon, pollution and hassle free environment without congestion or breaking the bank.

Action for Involvement creates space to bring you together with high level policy-makers, stakeholders and decision-makers so that we can tackle shared concern, explore issues, brainstorm ideas and evaluate resources. Together we can stimulate our community to face the challenges of our times, develop ways to influence policy and have fun in the process. Our interests include education, environment, health & welfare, transport, technology and sustainability.

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Action for Involvement acknowledge with gratitude, funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering which has made this event possible as have the sponsors at Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Renewables, Stradia Ltd, The University of Sheffield and its flagship Project Sunshine.

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Business Strategy to Low Carbon Supply Chains Conference

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The ‘Business Strategy to Low Carbon Supply Chains Conference‘ will take place on 30th November 2011, 10am to 3pm, at DLA Piper, Sheffield.

The conference is open to large and small businesses and public organisations with an interest in low carbon supply chain management.

The conference will discuss how businesses can reap financial and environmental benefits from the implementation of low carbon strategies in their operations and supply chains and from best practice sharing also helping to:

  • Increase Competitiveness
  • Enhance Reputation
  • Improve Bottom Line!

The conference will also discuss:

  • How to make the most of the available opportunities?
  • How to select and implement best strategies?
  • How to engage and influence supply chain partners?
  • What drives companies in different sectors?
  • How do the top companies do it?

This free conference will highlight drivers, challenges and benefits of Low Carbon Supply Chains as well as experiences from leading companies, policy and the latest development in cross-sector carbon management and practices.

Speakers include:
Rolls-Royce plc, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, Skanska, Muntons plc, Brocklesby Ltd, the Government and others including Prof Lenny Koh, Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre,  The University of Sheffield.

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The conference is organised and sponsored by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and DLA Piper via the Low Carbon Supply Chain Research project partnership with Rolls-Royce plc, Tata Steel, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, Skanska, ITM Power, Muntons plc, Brocklesby Ltd, MAS, Sheffield City Region, South Yorkshire Green Business Club, South Yorkshire Regions Chambers of Commerce.

The Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) is a collaborative research centre established by the Universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York. The Centre focuses on the evidence base and demonstration of low carbon innovations for the benefit of businesses, organisations and the community.

£14.9m awarded for pioneering low carbon programme in Yorkshire and the Humber

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Disadvantaged communities across Yorkshire and the Humber are set to benefit from a ground-breaking new project, which, for the first time ever, will see low carbon measures installed throughout whole houses.

The Big Energy Upgrade will see the University of Sheffield work alongside partners to monitor the performance of the installed measures, look at behavioural issues linked with energy consumption, support the supply chain associated with the project and monitor energy consumption in selected households.

Officially called the Energy Innovation for Deprived Communities, the programme is being delivered by a partnership of organisations throughout Yorkshire and the Humber. A total fund of £14.9m has been made available, of which £7m is being part-financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of Europe´s support for the region´s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

Principle Investigator (PI) of The Big Energy Upgrade project, Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) and Associate Dean at the University of Sheffield´s Management School, said: “This project brings together the University´s cross cutting team from energy and environment, using a truly multi-disciplinary approach to tackle these important energy challenges in society. We look forward to working closely with the local authorities and other partners in pioneering this low carbon direction.”

The project will run until March 2014 and will act as a catalyst in attracting further funding towards energy efficiency projects, which in turn will create more demand for materials and skills in the area of retrofitting and micro generation. It will also help to prepare the region, in terms of knowledge and experience, for the delivery of a new area-based whole house approach to be delivered as part of the Government´s Green Deal post 2012.

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Centre for Low Carbon Futures: Low carbon supply chain

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre is leading the Low Carbon Supply Chain Strand under the Centre of Low Carbon Futures funded by Yorkshire Forward. Professor Koh’s (the Principal Investigator) work is highly-regarded at an international level and has major impact from the perspectives of novelty and trans-disciplinary, assist businesses and job creation. Her work crosses supply chain, information systems, energy, engineering, social science and science disciplines in understanding todays and futures complex supply chain problems induced by climate change and uncertainty. She leads and manages several highly complex, trans-disciplinary and cross institutions major initiatives and projects on low carbon supply chains of the £50million Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) and a White Rose Sustainability Science Network. She has led other highly complex and multi-disciplinary research projects involving multiple European and international partners. Her duties/work also contributes to regional development in upskilling managerial workforce and internationalising supply chains.

The UK aims to reduce Kyoto greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20-24 billion tonnes by 2050. Governments, industries, knowledge providers, intermediaries, agencies have an active role to play in the process of achieving this goal. In our region, through CLCF, we act as a integrated platform to help accelerating the achievement of this goal with a £50million CLFC to pull together critical mass of research, knowledge and innovation on multidisciplinary areas from sustainable science, social science, supply chain, engineering, environment, economies, energy, technology and policy work.

Urgent action needs to be undertaken in order to address the climate change issues. With unsustainable supply of energy and the need to reduce carbon footprint, a new approach is required for developing what we term a balanced green supply chain system (BGSCS). Balancing is required from the context of economic, social and environment needs, which must also consider internal and external push and pull of stakeholders throughout the supply chains. Coupled with increased complexity, uncertainty and dynamics in a global supply chain, these two imperatives multiply the challenges to greening a global supply chain. For example, best-in-class companies have managed to reduce transportation and logistics costs by 2%, energy costs by 6%, operation and facilities costs by 2% and supply costs by 2%. However, many practitioners leap into the green agenda without a clear understanding of the impact of the green initiatives from a full supply chain perspective. Supply chains compete, not companies, hence it is important to understand how low carbon practices, technologies, management, legislations and so on impact on the supply chain.

The gaps in current knowledge lead to the following strategic key questions:

  1. Why is a full supply chain analysis of energy efficiency and conservation fundamental to the understanding of the real impact of green initiatives?
  2. How may a sub-optimal approach to greening a supply chain detrimentally affect the potential for CO2 emissions reductions?
  3. How does a balanced approach work in greening a global supply chain under a conflicting multiple objectives scenario?
  4. What are the key decision variables and the trade-offs in the balanced approach?
  5. What are the roles of stakeholders and policy makers in greening a global supply chain?

In the Low Carbon Supply Chain Strand within the Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF), a balanced approach will consider a number of critical themes in developing a Balanced Green Supply Chain System. This system will include but not limited to clean technology management, waste minimisation, eco-accounting and investment models and standards. Supply uncertainty, technology uncertainty, demand uncertainty, and risk propensity of industrialists and policy makers towards these uncertainties will be mapped out in order to balance the green supply chain system. The level of energy efficiency and conservation and CO2 emissions will be assessed and the supply chain will be modelled.  The performance output of this system will lead to the consolidation of a set of green measures to assess readiness, resilience and adaptation to climate change throughout the supply chain. These measures could also be used to set up the criteria for establishing the Responsible Investor Standard (RIS) and Green Impact Assessment Matrix (GIAM). Evaluating the potential business feasibility and sustainability of biorenewables generated supply and energy conversion technology is also important to enable full and holistic technology foresighting and options assessments and understanding of important decision variables for clean technology investment.

The proposed work will firstly be carried out in a 2-year pilot project entitled Balanced Green Supply Chain System, addressing the ever changing business landscape and eco-innovations developed over time. The pilot project is a scaled down version of the above, which will not only include the breath of the above issues but also the depth of those issues in selected sectors in the Yorkshire region. For the pilot project, 4 Post Doctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) will be appointed to undertake the research in the following themes:

  • Low carbon supply chain modelling
  • Clean technology evaluation on supply chain
  • Low carbon supply chain intervention design
  • Sustainable supply chain on biorenewable

The pilot project links very closely with the White Rose Sustainability Science network entitled Adaptation of Supply Chains to Climate Change and a Resource Poor Future.
The four pilot projects at CLCF funded by Yorkshire Forward are:

  • Towards a low carbon climate change resilient economy
  • Balanced green supply chain system
  • Developing biorenewabe and biorefining capacity
  • Optimisation of oxygen linked with exhaust gas recirculation

Professor Lenny Koh said: “Both climate change and resource depletion will impact directly on human well-being, quality of life and the whole supply chain. Research on low carbon supply chain is the key fulcrum point interconnecting the supply and demand side in the value chain. Such view is not only applicable in product/service/manufacturing supply chain, but energy, knowledge and technology-enabled supply chain. Industry is constantly managing the trade-off between cost saving and investment on low carbon initiatives. With our research, we could demonstrate value adding in this process and provide efficiency gain throughout the value chain economically, socially and environmentally. The target to meet the 80% CO2 reduction is not impossible. The role played by Kyoto, United Nation Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in Dec 2009 and the leaderships of World Leaders are very important driving forces to collaboratively address the climate change challenge. We must also ensure addressing this challenge and its agreement will make good sense to government, industry, university and the larger society.”
Low carbon is the direction to address the global climate change and energy challenges. Led by the Former Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon John Prescott MP (also the Official Rapporteur for Kyoto 2, Council for Europe), a Coal Conference took place at The University of Sheffield on 28 Oct 2009. In John Prescott’s keynote address, he highlighted the pressing energy supply and demand issues along with the need for advanced CCS technology, clean coal, nuclear and renewable investment. The social, economical and regeneration impact from coal has also been debated in the Conference, marking the non-separation of these consideration in the energy mix package. With China taking part in this debate with the UK in this Conference, it further strengthens the link between UK and China, and more specifically between the Yorkshire and Chongqing. With the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP addressed the Conference too in his speech, emphasising the urgent need to address the climate change and energy issues. This is very critical for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) low carbon strategy which then led to the announcement made by Ed Miliband for the 10 nuclear sites in the UK. This marks an important step at a national level to support the nuclear supply chain development and leadership.

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For more information about the project, please contact the Principal Investigator Professor Lenny Koh at the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre.