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SigneBlock and Heura apply blockchain to the traceability of packaging used in agricultural processes

May 21, 2020

A solution for the traceability and optimization of packaging management in agricultural processes was implemented by Signeblock, Heura and AEVAE. This was reported by the Technical Environment Magazine (RETEMA) from Spain on May 20.

Signeblock is a company that specializes in digital transformation and blockchain-based digitization solutions, while Heura offers environmental consulting, which specializes in the development of extended producer responsibility systems. On the other hand, AEVAE is a non-profit organization This includes manufacturers of fertilizers and related products. And according to the RETEMA article, the initiative promotes “the involvement of more producers, farmers and other actors in the process, the promotion of environmental protection and the creation of efficient models of the circular economy”.

According to the publication, Heura, together with 25 manufacturers of fertilizers and / or agrochemical products, has designed, implemented and managed an “extended system of manufacturer responsibility for packaging waste resulting from the use of their products”. This system is called AEVAE and currently consists of 48 manufacturers of these products. “

SigneBlock and Heura apply blockchain to the traceability of packaging used in agricultural processes
SigneBlock and Heura apply blockchain to the traceability of packaging used in agricultural processes

“”By working with Signeblock and using Gouze, its blockchain-based asset traceability platform, AEVAE can incorporate the benefits of this technology into these environmental management processes, promoting the impact of systems that seek to ensure regulatory compliance the production of fertilizers and related products. The traceability and transparency that blockchain offers, as well as the fact that it is a platform as a service (PaaS) solution that can be accessed by all stakeholders, help to pinpoint the entire process that waste goes through know and ensure that it complies with international regulations and facilitate their traceability by all parties involved in the process, “they explained in the article.

“”It is a comprehensive solution that not only uniquely identifies waste, but also integrates its properties and geolocation into the blockchain.This enables agile, secure and unchangeable monitoring by all agents, be they manufacturers, packers or dealers who are involved in the disposal of waste from production processes. The solution involves all actors. The purchase or collection points for agricultural containers set up by AEVAE so that farmers can deliver the used containers activate the collection requirements. The containers received are collected in bags that are clearly identified and on which basic information (such as type of container and weight) is provided, and a QR code is generated, which is attached to each of them for traceability of the entire process, “added add them later.

Marta Gutiérrez, CEO of SigneBlock, referred to the importance of the introduction of blockchain technology in waste treatment:

“It’s about taking into account the traceability that digitization offers us to help combat climate change. It is necessary to create a sustainable production system that manages information related to waste in all phases of the supply chain in an agile and secure manner, optimizes this treatment, checks the compliance with the applicable regulations by every responsible body and allows everyone to follow the treatment that every backlog has followed and avoid any kind of fraud or manipulation. “

On the other hand, Jose Guaita, CEO of Heura, focused on the need for manufacturers to manage their waste through an SCRAP (Extended Producer Responsibility System). This could benefit them by using these new technologies:

“By partnering with other manufacturers, companies get a management tool that not only helps them comply with environmental regulations, but also certifies the correct environmental treatment of their waste through new technologies such as blockchain. Manufacturers can change the way their packaging is used during their useful life We always carry out projects that take care of the environment and help manufacturers to meet their environmental obligations within the recycling chain. ”

Signing the contract

On June 6, 2019, Cointelegraph reported in Spanish that SigneBlock and Heura had signed a collaboration agreement to use blockchain technology to optimize waste management.

At this point, it was stated that this collaboration would enable the benefits of this technology to be incorporated into environmental management processes and systems to be implemented that ensure accountability in relation to activities related to the manufacture of products. The traceability and transparency that blockchain offers would help to understand the entire process a waste goes through, ensure that it complies with international regulations, and facilitate traceability by all parties involved in the process.

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