25 Mar '12, 11am

Helveta: Supply Chain Software Firm Tackles Deforestation by Digitizing Trees

Helveta: Supply Chain Software Firm Tackles Deforestation by Digitizing Trees

From its office near Oxford, UK supply chain management software specialist Helveta is taking on a big sustainability challenge: that posed by illegal logging and deforestation. It’s estimated that deforestation accounts for anywhere between 1/6 and 1/4 of global carbon emissions, yet the drive to make money and promote economic development continues to result in the loss of vast areas of forest around the world. Despite a drive toward more sustainable forestry, illegal logging is rife in what remains of the world’s large forests. Helveta’s solution: digitizing trees so that timber can be tracked, and its origins authenticated, from forest to market. Best estimates are that forests cover some 30% of global land area (nearly 4 billion hectares), providing numerous valuable, and some invaluable, ecosystem services and goods for millions of people. They also provide habitat f...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/03/helveta-supply-chain-...

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