Sustainability | 05.24.21

Fortune 500 Grainger Features Waste Metering Impact in 2021 ESG Report

by compology

Sustainability | 05.24.21

Fortune 500 Grainger Features Waste Metering Impact in 2021 ESG Report

by compology

Fortune 500 Grainger Features Waste Metering Impact in 2021 ESG Report

In 2012, Grainger became the first industrial distributor to publicly disclose its carbon footprint. In 2013, they became the first in their industry to set a public GHG emissions reduction target, which they achieved two years early. Now, alongside Apple and others, Grainger is reporting the impact of waste metering in their yearly Corporate Responsibility report as part of their environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and practices.

With this new data and analytics, we can confidently right size our services by reducing current schedules by 50 percent or more. This reduction in service levels correlates to a sizable savings in overall costs to Grainger while also eliminating over 100 metric tons of scope 3 CO2 emissions.

Grainger 2021 ESG Report

Grainger’s 2021 report includes how Compology’s waste metering technology—smart in-dumpster cameras powered by AI—allow Grainger to accurately measure actual waste and recycling output instead of estimating. Their data already shows they’ve been overestimating waste output levels and have defined opportunities to better utilize container space. Additionally, Grainger can now analyze material types in their recycling dumpsters to provide continuous training to employees on recycling practices using targeted, real-time alerting and education.

Waste metering also enables remote oversight of Grainger’s waste and recycling supply chain to ensure they are not receiving unnecessary service. Waste metering data shows they are able to cut waste service levels by more than 50 percent, helping them to build a more sustainable supply chain, while also reducing excessive spending. 

A more sustainable supply chain for Grainger means reducing Scope 3 emissions by keeping their waste vendors’ trucks from operating unnecessarily. Data from Compology’s waste metering technology shows Scope 3 carbon emissions can be initially reduced by more than 100 metric tons and will eliminate mileage that’s nearly the equivalent of traveling the circumference of the Earth twice.

See the full report here.

In 2012, Grainger became the first industrial distributor to publicly disclose its carbon footprint. In 2013, they became the first in their industry to set a public GHG emissions reduction target, which they achieved two years early. Now, alongside Apple and others, Grainger is reporting the impact of waste metering in their yearly Corporate Responsibility report as part of their environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and practices.

With this new data and analytics, we can confidently right size our services by reducing current schedules by 50 percent or more. This reduction in service levels correlates to a sizable savings in overall costs to Grainger while also eliminating over 100 metric tons of scope 3 CO2 emissions.

Grainger 2021 ESG Report

Grainger’s 2021 report includes how Compology’s waste metering technology—smart in-dumpster cameras powered by AI—allow Grainger to accurately measure actual waste and recycling output instead of estimating. Their data already shows they’ve been overestimating waste output levels and have defined opportunities to better utilize container space. Additionally, Grainger can now analyze material types in their recycling dumpsters to provide continuous training to employees on recycling practices using targeted, real-time alerting and education.

Waste metering also enables remote oversight of Grainger’s waste and recycling supply chain to ensure they are not receiving unnecessary service. Waste metering data shows they are able to cut waste service levels by more than 50 percent, helping them to build a more sustainable supply chain, while also reducing excessive spending. 

A more sustainable supply chain for Grainger means reducing Scope 3 emissions by keeping their waste vendors’ trucks from operating unnecessarily. Data from Compology’s waste metering technology shows Scope 3 carbon emissions can be initially reduced by more than 100 metric tons and will eliminate mileage that’s nearly the equivalent of traveling the circumference of the Earth twice.

See the full report here.

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