BVE3 is a supplementary tool to support supply chain partners in reducing the environmental impacts

BVE3 is a supplementary tool to support supply chain partners in reducing the environmental impacts

Inspection and certification firm Bureau Veritas has launched a new IT platform to support its chemical discharge monitoring business that it says will drive a faster and more sustainable supply chain. 

The BVE3 Environmental Emission Evaluator is a supplementary tool to help supply chain partners reduce environmental impacts by understanding factories' daily and weekly discharge potentials, instead of relying solely on one-time screening of materials, chemicals and discharge.  

It is designed to work in combination with other traditional supply chain controls such as chemicals screening, testing and factory audits, for greater visibility on ongoing compliance to the priority chemicals.

Taking a risk matrix approach allows clients to choose and use these tools in a more cost effective way, Bureau Veritas says. In particular, for industries with wet processing, the new platform assists in constructing realistic discharge scenarios for the hazardous substances that are used along the manufacturing process and released to the environment from factories.

The platform requires factories to upload chemical information to BVE3 on a monthly basis. From there, Bureau Veritas specialists analyse factories' inputs and the calculated output results in the estimated concentration and amount of hazardous substances in water discharge. The number and the amount of hazardous substances in the chemical inventory and discharge create three indices to help measure factories' chemical management performance.

Niraj Singh, Bureau Veritas technical lead for chemical discharge monitoring, said the new platform was developed in response to issues associated with chemical management performance and transparency within the textile supply chain.

"BVE3 enables retailers and brands to identify their factories' chemical management performance and where to utilise the sustainability resources. Critically, the better the factory performs and greater the transparency, the frequency and intensity of emission/chemical sample testing and environmental audits reduces."

One company currently using the platform is Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), which said BVE3 offers the group a far greater insight into its supply chain chemical management performance.

"This allows us to better focus resources to drive a greener supply chain," said Sheila Shek, head of global environmental supply chain at H&M. "We have been partnering with Bureau Veritas on this for several months now and I am really pleased to see this innovative and pro-active chemical management approach being commercially available to all sustainable players. At H&M, we believe BVE3 is a key milestone in transforming the textile industry by switching from a reactive to proactive approach."