New software platform aims to transform handling of package data

Packaging dataBuilt around the Open 3P data standard for the packaging sector – launched earlier this year – GING enables companies to share accurate and timely package data with their supply chains, both domestic and international, providing access to better quality data when needed.

Both the Open 3P data standard and GING have been developed with a consortium of packaging industry partners and funding from UK Research & Innovation’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK. Partners include Dsposal, Ecosurety, RECOUP, Open Data Manchester and OPRL.

The platform also enables integration with a range of data services and software, allowing companies to optimize their existing software systems, removing the need for manual data transfer and minimizing the potential for associated errors.

To ensure security, the platform’s users will also be able to protect commercially sensitive or proprietary data, allowing total control over what data is shared and what is not.

The new platform arrives at a critical time for the UK packaging sector with the incoming Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Plastic Packaging Tax imposing stricter data capture and reporting requirements.

Commenting on the release of the new platform, Sophie Walker, CEO and co-founder of Dsposal and lead partner in the development of GING, said: “By replacing what are often inefficient, time-consuming and ad hoc ways of gathering and share packet data on.—often in several different formats—GING offers direct commercial benefits as well as broader industry benefits.

“It supports more efficient and cost-effective data collection and sharing, smarter internal reporting and decision-making, and the ability to create a collection of aggregated and anonymized data that can inform operations for greater resource efficiency, circularity and net zero across the entire package supply chain.”

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Increased transparency in packaging data

A new non-profit entity has been created to run GING. The company operates as a limited guarantee entity with measures such as an asset and profit lock along with a well-defined and secured mission statement. The company’s performance in line with its mission will be monitored by the newly appointed ‘Mission Guardians’ who also have specific veto powers.

The ‘Mission Guardians’ – which include high-profile names such as Paula Chin, Senior Policy Advisor at WWF and Professor Michael Shaver, Director of Sustainable Futures at the University of Manchester – have been appointed to ensure GING’s mission to “improve the quality and availability of ​packaging data for the entire packaging ecosystem for the benefit of people and the planet”.

Commenting on the need for transparency in the packaging industry, Professor Michael Shaver said: “Transparency is essential to ensure the best fate for our packaging waste. It unlocks better economic, social and environmental outcomes and is thus the basis for a sustainable future. I am excited to serve as Mission Guardian on the GING project.”

Paula Chin added: “Adopting a common approach to understanding the footprint of packaging material supply chains is essential if we are to reduce our global environmental and social impacts.

“Enabling more transparent and comprehensive reporting is a significant step towards this, and platforms like GING’s Open 3P are poised to drive improvements in this area. It is a privilege to be a Mission Guardian and I look forward to supporting this transformational work .”

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