Digitization for decarbonization: Supply chains as an endless loop – Net-Zero Carbon

On Friday’s episode of Net-Zero Carbon, FreightWaves presenter Tyler Cole was joined by supply chain guru Deborah Dull, senior research director at Zero100, a company founded on the belief that supply chains should go digital to transform the… reduce CO2 emissions.

The creation of digital networks and visibility are paramount when digitizing a supply chain. Zero100’s mission is to educate industry professionals to decide where and how to implement digitized processes in this ecosystem.

The traditional supply functions are procurement, manufacture, relocation, planning, sale and use. Zero100 has added a new and important step at the end of the supply chain: regenerate. This step turns this process into a loop, feeding the beginning of each new cycle with what was already used from the previous one.

“If we think about these different functions, they have a natural pairing,” Dull said. “We can address many of the traditional challenges that businesses face, such as Greenwashing or high-carbon activities, and we see tremendous demand for regenerative behaviors across operations.”

Organizations across the board are striving for more transparency in their operations. Apple is asking its upstream suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint, and Dell is now more focused on transparency when it comes to new business.

“Two and a half circular economy principles are often forgotten — and there are only three,” Dull said. “People often immediately think of the circular economy with recycling, that’s part of it. But the first principle of the circular economy is to use less from the start. So people want to digitize everything, but depending on the use case, you might be violating the first principle because servers are real physical things that exist.

“The second principle is to keep materials in play. So the idea is not to recycle but to reuse everything even more…so that your glass bottle stays a glass bottle instead of breaking it. Then the third principle is regeneration, which is what we help people to find their way around.”

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