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欧州委、グリーンとデジタルを両翼とする新産業政策を発表(EU) (20.03.16 ~ 20.03.22)

... 欧州委員会は3月10日、「欧州新産業戦略PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」をまとめたコミュニケーション(政策文書)を公表した。(1)欧州産業の競争力の維持、(2)「欧州グリーン・ディール(2019年12月12日記事参照)」が掲げる2050年までの気候中立の実現、そして(3)「欧州デジタル化」への対応、が3本柱に挙げられている。 まず、競争力維持のために欧州委は、EUの特徴である欧州単一市場を一層深化させる必要があるとし、同戦略と合わせて「﷟単一市場の障壁の特定および対処PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」および「単一市場ルールのより良い実施と執行のための行動計画PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」と題した2つのコミュニケーションを発表した。両文書では、EU法規制の複雑さ(EUレベルと加盟国レベルでの法規制の関係など)や、加盟国ごとの税制および行政手続きの差異など、単一市場の課題を洗い出すとともに、行動計画が定めるイニシアチブの一環として、加盟国および欧州委から構成される「単一市場実施タスクフォース」を新設して各種の課題に対処していくとしている。 ... 気候変動およびデジタル化に関しては、「グリーンへの移行(Green Transition)」「デジタルへの移行(Digital Transition)」というキーワードを用いて、両課題への企業のスムーズな適応を促すための諸政策を挙げている。 ... ビジネスヨーロッパ(欧州産業連盟)は、欧州新産業戦略の発表に合わせて3月10日、「欧州がグリーンおよびデジタルへの転換を加速している中、世界のほかの地域ではアグレッシブな政策が採られ、一部の国がルールから外れた行動をとっている現状では、欧州は一層戦略的に行動しなければならない」など、包括的な戦略を後押しする声明外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きますを発表した。 ... An excerpt from https://www.jetro.go.jp/biznews/2020/03/389d30ebaafe0851.html - 20.03.16 (Mon.) . The U.K.’s lost seagrass meadows to...

Dutch supermarket chain Plus to use blockchain to track bananas along supply chain

Dutch supermarket chain Plus has announced its plans to leverage blockchain technology for tracking bananas along the supply chain. PLUS is an important player in the Dutch food market with 260 supermarkets. The PLUS Retail organization comprises the service office in Utrecht, three regional distribution centers in Haaksbergen, Ittervoort and Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, and a national distribution center in Middenbeemster.... An excerpt from...

Volkswagen to Track Minerals Supply Chains Using IBM Blockchain

Volkswagen Group has announced it will use blockchain tech to track its mineral supply chains. The German automaker said Thursday that, in order to “responsibly source” minerals such as cobalt (used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles), it has joined an open industry collaboration, which also includes Ford as a member.... An excerpt from Coindesk

Louis Vuitton turns to blockchain in battle against copycats

LVMH, owner of numerous leading brands including the luxury French label Louis Vuitton, is turning to blockchain technology in its fight against copycats. Initially, the technology will only be used for Louis Vuitton goods and Christian Dior perfumes. It will track the supply chain from raw materials to the point of sale and beyond, including for inbound products. This...

Nestlé and Carrefour use IBM’s blockchain to track mashed potato supply chain

Swiss food giant, Nestlé, and supermarket chain, Carrefour, have announced that they will use IBM’s blockchain technology to track a French mashed potato brand.“Using the QR code on the product’s packaging, each consumer will be able to use a secure platform on their smartphone to access information on the production supply chain, including the varieties of potato used, the...

Apple Greens Supply Chain With More 100% Renewables Commitments

Apple today announced a near doubling of its suppliers that have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy for their work connected to the tech giant, bringing the total to 44 companies.* Apple hit its 100 percent renewables target for its own operations in April of last year. Now it’s expanding to what it calls "Scope 3" emissions: those incorporated...

Albertsons will use IBM’s blockchain network to trace romaine lettuce supply chain

Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the U.S., is joining the blockchain-based IBM Food Trust network to help keep track of items in the food supply chain such as romaine lettuce.That’s important, as tainted romaine hospitalized dozens of Americans in late 2018. With the transparent decentralized ledger technology of blockchain, IBM will be able...

Verv raises millions in new round to tackle climate change with blockchain & AI

Verv, the Google-mentored start-up behind a cutting-edge smart energy hub and green electricity sharing platform, today announced that it has raised over £6.5 million in its Series A round led by environmental fund Earthworm.Earthworm has invested £5 million in Verv’s pioneering IoT and renewable energy trading technology that could drive down household electricity bills and carbon emissions by over...

Blockchain-powered HADIC to empower halal industry

Serunai Commerce Sdn Bhd (Serunai), the developer behind the Global Halal Data Pool as well as the Verify Halal app, recently announced the launch of a blockchain-powered Halal digital chain, HADIC, which aims to create an integrated and secure digital halal ecosystem. HADIC is developed by Serunai and is supported by JAKIM. The system is linked to the International Halal...

Pig farmers in the Jiwaka Province will benefit from a livestock traceability system using the blockchain technology, courtesy of the PNG E-Agriculture initiative. A pilot project was launched on...

Pig farmers in the Jiwaka Province will benefit from a livestock traceability system using the blockchain technology, courtesy of the PNG E-Agriculture initiative. A pilot project was launched on March 11 2019 at the Provincial Headquarters in Kurumul, followed by field deployment of the system involving interested pig farmers from the North and South Whagi districts.... An excerpt from PNG...

Haiti – Agriculture : Towards the use of Blockchain technology in agribusiness – Haitilibre.com

the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MCI) intends to boost the agribusiness in the country, using Blockchain technology to provide an innovative solution to the actors of the agricultural chain. Mango, avocado and pineapple from the departments of Artibonite, Center, Nippes and NorthEast are the sectors identified for this first pilot phase of the project. AgriLedger is the firm that...

China Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited (CSICL) to Trial Blockchain for Supply Chain Finances

A recent report from Chinese media outlet People’s Daily has confirmed that China Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited (CSICL) is going to experiment with blockchain technology to see if it can be used to finance their upstream suppliers. CSICL is a subsidiary of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) which is one of the two biggest shipping conglomerates from China. CSICL is...

Climate change: How green is your parcel?

the Royal Mail ... committed to reducing its carbon emissions further. This week, Royal Mail is introducing eight e-trikes into its fleet. The vehicles are powered by a combination of pedal and battery power and will be delivered by posties in Cambridge, Sutton Coldfield and Stratford in London. It's part of a six-month trial and if successful could see the scheme extended. "Our e-trikes...

Largest metals trading platform to use blockchain in supply chain

The London Metal Exchange (LME) will turn to blockchain technology to track metals across its supply chain. The exchange has reportedly backed a consortium of metal traders and banks embarking on the initiative. The blockchain-based system will enable the exchange to track physical metal, a process it has struggled with.... An excerpt from Coingeek

Ireland Becomes an International Laboratory for Blockchain Projects in Ag-Tech

According to Dr. Breslin, a number of American companies such as ConsenSys, IBM and Fidelity are working on various blockchain projects in Ireland while Deloitte has established a regional blockchain innovation lab there. IBM Ireland Research is conducting a blockchain project on food traceability from point of origin to consumers. Given the importance of cattle to Ireland’s economy — beef...

Alibaba Looks To Implement Blockchain For Its Complex Supply Chains

Alibaba subsidiary Tmall Global announced that it would be launching a pilot project on Blockchain that will help in tracking imported goods and verify its authenticity. With the intervention of Blockchain technology, all the essential information about products will be stored in the ledger. The customer using those products can scan the QR code present on it and can...

UPS Integrates Blockchain Platform to Improve Merchant Supply Chains

Major American postal carrier UPS and e-commerce technology company Inxeption have jointly rolled out a blockchain-powered platform to improve merchant supply chains. The development was announced in a press release published on March 21. The new blockchain platform dubbed Inxeption Zippy is designed to help companies list, market and distribute their products to customers... An excerpt from Cointelegraph

Blockchain in Transport Alliance welcomes Hong Kong-based Tigers

Tigers, a Hong Kong-based global logistics and transportation company that specializes in technology-enabled supply chain solutions, e-fulfilment and transportation by air, sea, rail and road, has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). Founded in August 2017, BiTA has quickly grown into the largest commercial blockchain alliance in the world, with nearly 500 members that collectively generate over $1...

BiTA Standards Council ratifies and publishes first data standard

The Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) Standards Council Board approved its first official standard and its first official framework as part of the organization’s mission to provide a single answer to the question, “Where is my shipment?”... An excerpt from BiTA

U.S. National Pork Board has partnered with Blockchain startup ripe.io to test out a Blockchain platform for pork supply chains

The United States National Pork Board has partnered with blockchain startup ripe.io to test out a blockchain platform for pork supply chains, according to a press release published on March 18.... An excerpt from Moon Catcher

Blockchain Platform Leverages RFID Solution for Inventory Management

Blockchain and radio frequency identification technologies are converging with a new supply chain-as-a-service platform being piloted by companies in the livestock market, which was provided by Citizens Reserve. With RFID and blockchain technologies, users can capture and share data about the conditions of animals and meat, as well as other information that matters to retailers and consumers, such...