Make better, more sustainable products faster.

Companies extract resources and produce emissions along the entire production process. They often have no insights into the environmental impact in their increasingly complex supply chains. Today, 90% of substance non-compliance takes root in tier 2+ suppliers, yet 65% of companies have no visibility there. At the same time companies are under pressure from governments, consumers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to divulge more information about their supply chains, and the reputational cost of failing to meet these demands can be high. The data required is highly fragmented in “vertical systems” such as Product Lifecycle Management systems for technical data, ERP for raw materials and order details, supply chain management systems for supplier data, etc.

Most enterprises still struggle to understand and measure the greenhouse gas emissions along their supply chain, let alone take action to reduce them. These scope 3 emissions can account for as much as 80% of a company`s total emissions. As Planet A we advocate for scientific impact measurement and forecasting as the first crucial step as we believe: What you can measure you can manage. That is why we’re very excited to announce our investment in Makersite and support the vision of its founder, Neil d’Souza, in building the eco-design studio of the future.

What is Makersite?

Makersite uses AI to connect and enrich cross-departmental data into live models for analysis, collaboration, and decision support. It is used by manufacturing companies with complex supply chains that want to accelerate product development, build resilience or reduce costs. Digital twins enable teams to rapidly evaluate the impacts of real-world changes on their business including supply disruptions, regulations, or product changes. Mitigation strategies can be evaluated 100x faster taking into account factors such as sustainability, compliance, costs, and risks, simultaneously!

When it comes to sustainability it enables teams to:

  • Find drivers of environmental impact.

Using the integrated, AI-supported Life Cycle Analysis functionality to understand drivers of a product’s environmental footprint orders of magnitude faster than any current approach.

  • Enable Design for Environment and circular design

Equipping non-experts rapidly assess the effects of material or technology changes in the supply chain on environmental performance and drives decisions.

  • Collaborate with quantitative and standards conformant data across multiple criteria to accelerate decision making and internal as well as external reporting.

So Makersite provides a detailed assessment of environmental hotspots within the supply chain and allows to assess the environmental implication of material and design choices on the fly and provides insights into the environmental implications of choosing alternative suppliers. A recent study showed that companies conducting an LCA reported net reductions in the carbon footprint of 3.9 and 10.9%, respectively.

Why did we invest?

Solving the hardest part about emission management

Supply Chain Transparency

Ecodesign — the first step to a circular economy

Mind-Blowing Traction

Founder Fit

Mission Alignment

Author: Nick de la Forge, Co-Founder and Partner at www.planet-a.com

Company information Planet A

Founded in 2020, Planet A is an impact investment fund targeting for-profit start-ups that have a measurable positive impact on our planet while building scalable businesses. Planet A partners with European early-stage companies having the potential to scale globally. The start-ups have to contribute to significant positive change in at least one of four key areas: climate mitigation, waste reduction, resource savings, and/or biodiversity protection. For its portfolio companies, Planet A offers support with:

  1. impact measurement: scientific impact assessment, forecasting, and visualization,
  2. the Planet A Network: a diverse network of experienced German and European entrepreneurs,
  3. long-term funding: early-stage investments with interest in follow-on rounds.

Planet A’s vision is to make impact investment the new normal.

Contact: hello@planet-a.com

Planet A

We are an impact investment fund targeting start-ups that have a measurable positive impact on our planet while building scalable businesses.

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