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Online platform facilitates cross-industry materials use

by Futures Centre, Apr 27
1 minute read

In the United States, the Midwestern State of Ohio has developed a cloud-based materials marketplace to facilitate the exchange of industrial materials across industries. Manufacturers post their materials and arrange exchanges with businesses that can use them as inputs. The marketplace project team supports the platform by helping to identify matches in material flows, facilitating exchanges, and then conducting an analysis of the environmental and economic impact after the transaction is complete.

This initiative, built collaboratively with input from interdisciplinary experts, helps Ohio’s larger manufacturers, including General Motors, to reach newly adopted zero-waste to landfill commitments and ambitious best-use of materials goals. Ohio is the first state to adopt the program, but there are plans to replicate and scale the partnerships in other states through a public-private partnership between the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Environmental Council of the States.


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