How does Starling detect deforestation?
What is Starling?
Born out of a collaborative venture between Airbus, satellite operator/developer and leader in the aerospace sector, and the Earthworm Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that supports companies in meeting responsible sourcing challenges, Starling’s ambition is to combine state-of-the art satellite observation technology with industry-tailored data analytics in order to monitor forests on a global scale with an unprecedented level of quality.
Starling’s user-friendly digital platform can help you reach your no-deforestation and net zero commitments faster, by measuring the environmental impact across your supply chain. Providing high quality intelligence on forestry changes, Starling is able to identify issues, prioritise actions and above all match insights with clearly identified institutional and market needs. Our platform can support you in fulfilling your obligations linked to the upcoming EU Deforestation Regulations (EUDR) as well as your Scope 3 GHG accounting standard.
- To track forest changes: a Basemap depicting natural forests and main landscape features over a time series of 20 years
- Monitoring: identification of changes in forest cover, providing an overview of the extent and dynamics of deforestation, and raising alerts when appropriate
- Traceability To Plantation (TTP) links different operating units throughout the supply chain, from supplier to plot of production, to help determine their connection to deforestation. A customised dashboard enables a quick and straightforward overview of end-users’ position in no-deforestation verified supply chains.
- Diagnostic and Progress reports on deforestation verification, supply chain tracking and EUDR compliance
- A team of experts on hand to provide you with personalised support, adapted to the real needs of your company
With Starling, we are able to help you navigate through the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) and ensure the compliance of your imports.
Your advantages with Starling
Understand upcoming EUDR requirements and verify your compliance
Full forest cover change mapping depicts objective land use change over long time series, using scalable analytics
Objective and timely data for all businesses across your supply chain, to assist decision-making whilst ensuring traceability
Monitoring of carbon emissions and carbon removal tools adapted to your company’s specific needs
Who can Starling support?
Starling is continuously innovating, we’re actively working to address further areas of interest, additional commodities, as well as replanting activities and carbon stock assessment.
Beyond private companies, Starling's focus on the importance of accurate information and traceability can support a range of other actors such as:
- Private companies
Monitor deforestation risks across your supply chain and ensure you meet your no-deforestation/EUDR commitments. Navigate across your supply chain to mitigate risks proactively.
- Public institutions, local authorities & NGOs
We provide reliable and scalable solutions to support land use planning and policy enforcement whilst ensuring sustainable deforestation-free supply chains for products, as well as certification.
- Academia and research
Starling uses analytics to objectively depict forest and land use changes over long time series. They leverage our data layers at scale for data modelling and R&D on key topics such as carbon retention and climate.
How Starling can be used?
Starling is adaptable to the unique needs of every custormer: it is commodity-specific, adjustable to the customer's traceability level and standards. Starling can be used in a number of ways, depending of the profile and organisation of companies (WEB, portal, reports, API….).
Our sales team would be glad to provide you with more information regarding Starling and the many ways in which we can help meet your business needs.
What our customers say
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Providing assurance to the users of our products like Nestlé and others that our pulp and paper are free from deforestation is important to us. That’s why, alongside Nestlé, we have undertaken a pilot of Starling in Arkhangelsk, Russia, to monitor 300,000 hectares of Intact Forest Landscape, which we and other stakeholders have set aside to become a forest reserve. Starling’s monitoring of the area has proven invaluable in demonstrating our commitments to the protection of this forest that is part of developing a robust long term land use plan.
Nestlé has always been committed to source the raw materials we need to manufacture our products responsibly. In 2010, we made a No Deforestation commitment stating that none of our products globally will be associated with deforestation by 2020. Starling satellite monitoring is a game changer to achieve transparency in our supply chain. Today, we cover 100% of Nestlé’s global palm oil supply chains and we will extend this collaboration to cover other commodities. Data and analytics provided by Starling enable us to manage risks and perform field intervention strategies together with our suppliers to drive changes better and faster.
Our vision is to produce all of our products in a responsible and sustainable way. Running a pilot of the Starling platform in our palm oil supply chain in Northwest Ecuador, in combination with our ground teams’ drone technology, provided the tools and information to make this a reality. Receiving quarterly reports of forest cover change continues to support our transformation work on the ground by guiding our action to the areas where it is most needed.
Innovation and technology like Starling is accelerating our journey towards zero deforestation. This is transforming the way we manage deforestation risks in our palm oil supply chain – we are using this tool to hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable. We are satisfied with our progress, but there is much more to do. The last miles to go are always the hardest.
Colgate-Palmolive is committed to sourcing responsible palm oil that is free from deforestation. To assist us in delivering this pledge we have been testing Starling, running a pilot on a section of our palm oil supply chain. By mapping our suppliers, we aim to strengthen our supplier engagement policy and develop stronger relationships based around our NDPE policy.
Starling in action
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