Comparative LCA of Transport Packaging

Sustainserv recently completed a comparative environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) of reusable corrugated layer pads made from polypropylene and corrugated cardboard. The pads are used as divider sheets for container transport in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. The study was commissioned by a leading multinational supplier of reusable polypropylene layer pads in order to understand the environmental impacts of their product and compare its environmental profile to the one of a relevant cardboard alternative. It was carried out following the guidelines of the ISO 14040 series. The methodology and results of the LCA were certified by TÜV NORD CERT GmbH who conducted the critical review.

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Electric cars complement municipal vehicle fleets

There are a wide variety of expert opinions on how fast electric cars will conquer the streets. But the dynamics are palpable. Cities, municipalities as well as companies are rapidly integrating electric vehicles into their fleets. Sustainserv recently evaluated a five-year field test in the Basel region of Switzerland,. The experiences show, that the electric cars have lost their "Freak-Status" and becoming commonplace on the streets. Download an article (in German) summarizing the project here.

Bernd Kasemir on Sustainable Value Creation

In the past, sustainability programs often focused on presenting corporations in a favorable, "charitable" light. Today, however, corporate sustainability initiatives are an integral, strategic element of value creation. As such, they need active top management leadership and governance-level control.

Values create value

Assuming that a business is managed sustainably because it is behaving as "green" and socially responsible as possible in every respect is usually misleading. Business strategy expert and Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter has found that the secret of successful business strategy is focus. Trying to be the cheapest and highest quality provider for all client segments at the same time rarely leads to success in the marketplace. Instead, it is better to choose a clear strategic position by asking questions such as: What types of clients do I want to serve? What mix of quality and price advantage is most attractive for them? Can I make my products or services unique? Can I provide them in a manner different from my competition, so that a marketplace advantage is created?

ISCN at the World Economic Forum

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), in collaboration with the Global University Leader Forum (GULF), recently released Developing Skills for Future Leaders, a report that highlights how future leaders are best trained to address the pressing challenges of the world through full immersion in "living laboratories" of sustainability.

Sustainserv Managing Partner and ISCN Program Manager Bernd Kasemir said "This report highlights state-of-the-art case studies of campus sustainability, provided by 25 of the world's leading universities. This compilation provides inspiration for all of us involved in the training and education of tomorrow's leaders".