Measurement, Control and Reduction of DSM Carbon Footprint by Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Office Model within DFS: Green Office Ecological Model "GO-ECO"
Scholten, V. (mentor)
Pesch, U. (mentor)
De Vreede, O. (mentor)
Van Beers, C. (mentor)
Technology, Policy and Management
Technology, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Management of Technology
The world will be faced with the challenge of accommodating nine billion people for 2050; the question is if our planet will have the resources necessary to provide a healthy and comfortable way of living for its habitants. That is why sustainability is important for DSM, and sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. For DSM reaching sustainability includes pursuing economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity, this means creating value on the three dimensions of People, Planet and Profit simultaneously. Globally the consumption of energy is increasing considerably, and as a consequence, the emissions of “Greenhouse Gas” (GHG) are also rising in an exponential speed. The increase of energy consumption and GHG emission are the key elements for the “Global Warming” effect. Nowadays global warming is a worldwide challenge with serious consequences for our social and economic infrastructure as well as the natural environment and future generation, long terms actions plans will be needed, which will require reduction efforts and the cooperation of the entire society. This thesis report will provide DSM with new strategies and recommendations to raise its levels of sustainability by developing and implementing a sustainable office model, namely “The Green Office Ecological” model (GO-ECO). The implementation of the Green Office Ecological model by DSM Food Specialties (DFS) will focus only in office’s related activities; it will demonstrate DSM’s long term commitment to sustainable business practices by integrating these best practices throughout the entire organization. GO-ECO model aims to educate and raise awareness among DFS’s employees about the environmental impact of employees’ office activities; at the same time will provide advices on how to avoid technological rebound effects by promoting sustainable consumption.
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