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Through Blockchain we will solve the traceability of waste

 17th Dec 2020

“New technologies in waste management ensure control, regulatory compliance, and information that can favour strategic decision-making.”

What is the history of ZERØ? Who are you, and what is your activity?

ZERØ is a product developed by TEIMAS, a software company with a very unique profile, as we are specialised in technological solutions related to waste. Our partners have been linked to the waste sector for over 15 years, and their knowledge of this activity is very thorough, providing fundamental know-how for the development of specialised software.

What milestones have you achieved this year, and what challenges are in store for the coming years?

The health crisis has put us all in a difficult context, but the TEIMAS team has demonstrated its great capacity for adaptation and flexibility in this situation. In addition, we have updated our brand, moved into new, larger and more modern offices, and expanded our team, as we are convinced that in complex situations, great efforts must be made to detect and take advantage of opportunities.

We remain committed to a very ambitious strategic plan focused on the development and growth of our products and on a solid commitment to internationalisation. We want to be a technological reference in the waste sector at the global level.

In your opinion, what is the potential application of new waste management technologies?

The digitalisation of companies in any field provides multiple advantages, such as increasing productivity, improving adaptability to various kinds of change, attracting and retaining talent, etc., and in this sense, new technologies in waste management ensure control, regulatory compliance, and above all, a lot of information that can favour strategic decision-making in the field of sustainability, reinforcing the ‘green brand’ image of a large corporation.

What challenges are in store for waste management in large corporations?

Awareness of environmental protection, concepts such as the circular economy or the impact economy are gaining ground not only at companies, but also in the new legal frameworks that are being established at all levels. For example, with the new RD 553 on waste transfer or the new waste law that is likely to come into force in 2021, the legal requirements will be stricter for waste producers, which will therefore need to increase control over their waste production and management.

You say that your software for waste management in large corporations, ZERØ, allows the traceability of waste data. Can you give us an example?

At the end of this year, we will launch CADENA, a project we have developed in collaboration with Wayra, Telefónica's innovation hub. Through Blockchain technology, we want to provide a solution for the traceability of waste from its production to the final point of its management. It is an ambitious and complex project, but we believe it is very necessary in view of that legal requirement we mentioned earlier.

Could you tell us about a success story or an outstanding project in which you have participated or that you are working on?

An important project, due to its scope and the fact that it represented the step prior to the development and launch of our ZERØ product, is our collaboration since 2017 with Telefónica and its platform for waste management, GReTel. We have successfully developed and implemented this platform in all the countries where Telefónica operates in Latin America and Europe.

This article has been published in Gestores de Residuos #7