Mercedes-Benz Cars drives ‘Ambition2039’ in the supply chain: blockchain pilot project provides transparency on CO2 emissions

Mercedes-Benz Cars drives ‘Ambition2039’ in the supply chain: blockchain pilot project provides transparency on CO2 emissions

February 12, 2020
Press Release: Daimler

Together with start-up Circulor, whose founder and CEO Douglas Johnson-Poensgen was a speaker at the 2019 E-Waste World Conference & Expo, Mercedes-Benz is conducting a pilot project for transparency on CO2 emissions in the cobalt supply chain as part of ‘STARTUP AUTOBAHN’

The project partners use blockchain technology to track the emissions of climate-relevant gases as well as the amount of secondary material along the complex supply chains of battery cell manufacturers. In addition, the data network documents whether the Daimler sustainability standards are passed on throughout the entire supply chain.

The project partners will first focus on cobalt, which enters the supply chain from recycling facilities. A blockchain-based system maps the production flow of the materials as well as the associated CO2 emissions. In the long term, Mercedes-Benz is pursuing the goal of a circular economy and is working to close material cycles. For this purpose, the mapping of the material flow also records the amount of recycled material in the supply chain. Furthermore, the network also displays whether Daimler’s sustainability requirements in terms of working conditions, human rights, environmental protection, safety, business ethics and compliance are passed on to all companies involved. Daimler calls on its direct suppliers to comply with these standards and requirements and also carry the provisions into upstream value chains and to monitor their compliance. With the pilot project, Mercedes-Benz is driving transparency in the supply chain beyond the direct contractual partners.

“With Ambition2039, Mercedes-Benz Cars has set itself high goals,” commented Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, who is responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, Procurement and Supplier Quality. “We can only get there in close cooperation with our suppliers. The key is transparency. It is our aspiration to make all processes transparent and traceable. We are the first manufacturer to use blockchain technology to map CO2 emissions in the global battery cell supply chain. In doing so, we are laying the cornerstone for effective improvements – for the environment and for our businesses.”

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