In the process industry – and this is reflected at ProcessTeknik – there is a solid digitalisation effort under way. Processes and products are being analysed to identify where and how we can make sustainable changes. Because the industry needs to become more sustainable and there is no way to avoid this. But working on sustainability for real means more than replacing company cars or reducing business trips.
Why this topic?
Sustainable solutions is one of three central themes at ProcessTeknik 2022. The event will provide an opportunity to examine and discuss the questions together. What responsibility does process industry have, and how can challenges be turned into business opportunities? As mentioned, there is a major shift going on right now and digitalisation, automation and electrification are turning the traditional processes we are all used to upside down. And above all, creating a huge change in terms of sustainability. At ProcessTeknik you will be able to learn about new sustainable and innovative solutions. But that’s not all. You will also be challenged on how to implement sustainability and circularity for real, in your business.
How to implement sustainability and circularity
In this new situation, all companies need to justify or change their choices in product, process and business development from a sustainability perspective. Many enterprises experience a challenge when it comes to translating sustainability goals and circularity in different parts of their business. Working on sustainability from a business perspective means analysing your business in light of the changing environment and what is most important to develop in terms of your offering to customers – in other words, where you spend the majority of your time and investment.
– To integrate sustainability into your business, there are some important questions you need to ask yourself: What does sustainability really mean for your business? What is the ‘best-before date’ of what you are doing today? What will soon become expensive and what are the opportunities for us given the changes that need to happen? How will the customer offering need to evolve going forward? asks Karin Nyberg, CEO and co-founder of Xvii.
Xvii believes that sustainability cannot be compartmentalised. To be implemented, it must be integrated with all business operations and adapted to each company and each sub-area.
– We have identified a clear need that exists in many companies. They want to improve but are not sure how to go about it. It is not easy to translate companies’ overall sustainability goals into what it means for business and product development. Many companies’ biggest environmental impacts are in the physical products and how they are used, but the company has not yet factored this into their environmental footprint or started to measure their progress in this respect. In many cases because this is difficult, also because they may not own the entire manufacturing chain. Now raw material prices are rising, and customer awareness increasing, so many people need help to find sustainable solutions from a product and business perspective, says Taina Flink, Vice President and co-founder of Xvii.