My background is a master's degree in nanotechnology with a specialization on materials, energy and industrial ecology. Before starting my PhD, I have been working in SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing on several research projects concerning sustainability in the industry. My field of expertise is life cycle assessments (LCA) and environmental management. I am truly passionate about the environment and working towards a more sustainable industry really motivates me.
I believe that new times will lead to new requirements for the companies to operate in a more sustainable manner. Through the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the United Nations has presented five key areas for a sustainable development: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The plan of action proposed by the UN contains 17 sustainable development goals together with 169 targets. As global actors, several of the goals are relevant for the Norwegian manufacturing industry. Of particular relevance are the goal 9 and 13 that states the need to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, and to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Through the Paris agreement, the Norwegian government has also committed to contribute to limiting the temperature increase to below 2 degrees, compared to preindustrial time. More specific, Norwegian government has stated a national goal of minimum 40% reduction in greenhouse gases emissions in 2030, compared to 1990 level. These reduction targets will surely affect the Norwegian manufacturing industry in the years to come.
The green shift
My idea is that LCA can be utilized to develop tools, preparing the Norwegian manufacturing industry for the green shift, integrating environmental management into core business activities. My aim is to provide some recommendations for the Norwegian manufacturing industry on how they can use LCA as a management tool to facilitate the transition towards a green economy.
First months of my PhD
My PhD is co-financed by SFI Manufacturing and another research project, SISVI (Sustainable innovation and shared value creation). I started in August, and the fall semester has been used to prepare and plan my work, taking courses and writing and presenting a conference paper on how product communication and digitalization and can be used to promote greener and more sustainable business development. Now I am really looking forward to start planning my case studies together with industry partners after Christmas.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year!