Digitalization will make waste management more efficient and sustainable

Geminor's own logistics system, Gemisoft, presents some of the many possibilities within the digitalization of international waste management. - Fully integrated digital systems for logistics will make a significant contribution to the circular economy in Europe, says Chief Digital Officer at Geminor.

– In short, Gemisoft is the most important tool we have, and a core system in our operations, says Chief Digital Officer at Geminor, Andreas Runde Nygaard.

He is currently responsible for the software which was developed back in 2012, and which contains important information and data for Geminor logistics, contracts and projects. With the assistance of Gemisoft, waste producers, transporters and offtakers can all keep up to date with waste shipments from the starting point to the finish line. Gemisoft also contains all the Transfrontier Shipment of waste (TFS) documentation required to transport waste across borders in Europe.

Gemisoft is adapted for data collection and reporting, which makes it possible to compare CO2e emissions for different projects and means of transport. This is something Geminor will make available to partners in the near future.

– The purpose is to give all partners good insight, both in terms of contracts, tonnage, the status of shipments, and environmental reporting. Being a major player within TFS services, Gemisoft is particularly important for our operations, says Nygaard, who is currently working on a technical upgrade of the software.

Andreas Runde Nygaard at Geminor.

– Our system has, among other things, an integration that communicates with the systems of some of our shipping partners. This integration gives them immediate access to all information about our cargo, and makes them able to prepare for the transport. At the same time, we always know when ships sail and when they arrive, says Nygaard.

Digital potential

Europe is currently in the starting block in terms of the opportunities a fully digitalized, international transport industry can offer. Extensive integration will significantly improve logistics, and at the same time reduce transport errors, says Nygaard.

– By the end of this decade the EU will have systems where all parties involved in a shipment – both producers, transporters, offtakers and authorities – have permanent digital access to the same documentation and data. This will, amongst other things, open for digital signing of documents at border crossings. At the same time, we will see the end of manual data entry in excel-forms, long e-mail exchanges and time-consuming bureaucracy, says Nygaard.

– Digitalization will increase the quality of services and secure safe and punctual deliveries. The environmental risk will be reduced by ensuring that waste is not lost in transport, says Nygaard.

Plastic for recycling

The plastic recycling company Quantafuel is cooperating with Geminor within the supply and treatment of plastic waste for chemical or mechanical recycling. SVP Strategy and Sustainability at Quantafuel, Thomas Steenbuch Tharaldsen, reports of great benefits from digital tools such as Gemisoft.

– Gemisoft enables us to document where the waste is collected, how it is transported, and how it is transformed into new plastics through the entire value chain. This has given us the necessary documentation to be granted certificates both from ISCC PLUS and REDcert2, which is important in establishing ourselves as a reliable player within international plastic recycling, says Tharaldsen.

Thomas Steenbuck Tharaldsen at Quantafuel.

– Transparency and traceability within waste management will be important in order to achieve the EU’s recycling goals. Digitalization makes us able to track the waste and make sure it is recovered in the best way possible. Producers of plastic waste must be confident that their waste is converted into feedstock for the production of new and sustainable products, says Thomas Steenbuch Tharaldsen.

A significant effort still remains before we reach the goal of full digitalization within waste management, Andreas Runde Nygaard explains.

– The quicker all parties involved can register data on a common platform, the easier it will be to manage waste as a resource across the borders of Europe. The process of digitalization will make a significant contribution on the road to a circular economy. In order to reach this goal, both leading industry players and the authorities must contribute to the process, concludes Chief Digital Officer at Geminor.

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