Polestar Will Track CO2 Throughout the Supply Chain

Polestar, the electric performance car brand, says it has entered into a strategic partnership with blockchain provider Circulor. An element of the partnership is tracking CO2 equivalents through the supply chain. The idea is for the automaker to reach its goal of building a carbon-neutral car by 2030, a goal it announced in April.

A Polestar official told Autoweek that parent company Volvo invested in Circulor last year. The company helps other companies set up more-sustainable supply chains and works with blockchain technology to track materials. Polestar is already using Circular’s blockchain tech in its Polestar 2 to make sure the cobalt in its batteries is traceable and to track CO2 equivalents, or CO2e. Polestar told Autoweek it hopes to show customers the emissions that have been generated at every one of its plants and eventually emissions from suppliers.

Explaining the process, Polestar says a “digital twin” for the raw material being traced is created and the material is tracked through the supply chain, creating a digital thread that follows and records the various industrial processes and transformations it undergoes.

“This means that the source and the methods by which the raw materials are extracted, processed and transported, can be better regulated,” Polestar said, “helping to ensure that the materials used in battery production come from the expected mines or recycling facilities.”

Polestar says it should also be possible to record the path across different work steps. Generic emissions data from databases are also linked for CO2 tracking.

“For Polestar, caring about ethics and the environment is a key concern,” says Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. “This unprecedented level of tracking means Polestar is promoting sustainable and ethical practices in its supply chain and providing greater transparency to consumers.”

The goal is to be able to trace the supply chains of all raw materials, Polestar says. For now, however, the focus is on raw materials “where environmental or human rights risks have been identified.

“Polestar is on a mission to drive the shift to sustainable mobility,” the company said, “and supply chain transparency is one big step on the journey.”

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