Our newest LCA Specialist Nina started working at Greenhouse Sustainability in the beginning of January. It's about time to introduce her to you.
You started here almost 2 months ago, after completing your studies. What did you study?
I did the Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and the Master's in Industrial Ecology, both at TU Delft. In mechanical engineering you use knowledge of mathematics and physics to invent, design, make and improve something. And the Master's in Industrial Ecology is about sustainability at system level, with both technical and social aspects.
And how does your work as an LCA Specialist connect to your studies?
During my work, of course, I mainly deal with footprint calculations. Part of the Master's in Industrial Ecology was about expressing sustainability in numbers. I also followed LCA courses. This has prepared me well for working as an LCA specialist.
In one project that I am now working on at Greenhouse Sustainability, a lot comes back from my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, in particular what I have learned about production processes. If a specific part is missing in the data of a product for which we calculate the footprint, it is now easier for me to say which process or part from the database we should choose to perform an accurate calculation. So that comes in handy!
Are there interesting things you noticed so far, working at Greenhouse Sustainability?
What strikes me most is that customers really want to become more sustainable. They want to gain insight into how sustainable their company is. I did not expect this intrinsic drive in such a big part of the people. I thought that the will to become more sustainable would largely be there out of necessity, because it has to be done by legislation, for example. I really like to see that it comes from within many people.
Is there anything you would like to focus on in the future at Greenhouse Sustainability?
I would like to do more in the agri sector, the open field. And in particular working on regenerative and circular agriculture. Greenhouse Sustainability is continuously broadening knowledge and we already work with several agricultural companies, so who knows!