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Is there a need for Environmental Product Declarations Alfa Laval’s communication of environmental information to their customers

Molse, Sofie and Rüter, Caroline (2010) MIO920
Production Management
Abstract
As an international actor it is preferable to make an effort to understand how your
performance affects the long-term sustainability, both in local and global terms. Sustainability
includes subjects such as integration between economical, social and environmental spheres.
It can be achieved by reorganizing living conditions, reappraising economic sectors and work
practices, develop technologies in a sustainable perspective and adjust individual lifestyles.
Sustainabe Devlopment -
“Meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet
their own needs.”
- United Nations General Assembly (1987): Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future.
During this thesis... (More)
As an international actor it is preferable to make an effort to understand how your
performance affects the long-term sustainability, both in local and global terms. Sustainability
includes subjects such as integration between economical, social and environmental spheres.
It can be achieved by reorganizing living conditions, reappraising economic sectors and work
practices, develop technologies in a sustainable perspective and adjust individual lifestyles.
Sustainabe Devlopment -
“Meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet
their own needs.”
- United Nations General Assembly (1987): Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future.
During this thesis the reader will get the relevant background information, to understand the
theoretical part of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and how different companies
work with its application in real life. But also if any of Alfa Laval’s customer show best
practice in this area and in which sectors Alfa Laval may start up their work of producing
EPDs.
The aim with this thesis is to investigate if there is a market need for EPDs among Alfa
Laval’s customers and what benefits that may come from such environmental information, for
both the customers and Alfa Laval perspective. The study investigate both external and
internal driving forces, barriers, pros and cons, best practice and different actors connected to
Alfa Laval.
Thesis methodology is based on literature review about EPDs; and its tools, methodology and
Alfa Laval’s database; personal observations from the authors, adaptive learning method and
systems thinking method.
In the empirical part called “Analysis” will the eight sub objectives be discussed. The analysis
and proposal for the future will be based on the interview, our personal observation, and
literature review.
Finally; the conclusion which is followed by a summary of the findings from our research
project and critical discussion. This part provides learned lessons and recommendations for
Alfa Laval: First of all an EPD is not the right communication tool for Alfa Laval, and
therefore they should not create one. Secondly we recommend Alfa Laval to develop the
internal communication and knowledge before finding the right target customer and tool. (Less)
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Molse, Sofie and Rüter, Caroline
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MIO920
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M1 - University Diploma
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English
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1976230
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  abstract     = {As an international actor it is preferable to make an effort to understand how your
performance affects the long-term sustainability, both in local and global terms. Sustainability
includes subjects such as integration between economical, social and environmental spheres.
It can be achieved by reorganizing living conditions, reappraising economic sectors and work
practices, develop technologies in a sustainable perspective and adjust individual lifestyles.
Sustainabe Devlopment -
“Meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet
their own needs.”
- United Nations General Assembly (1987): Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future.
During this thesis the reader will get the relevant background information, to understand the
theoretical part of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and how different companies
work with its application in real life. But also if any of Alfa Laval’s customer show best
practice in this area and in which sectors Alfa Laval may start up their work of producing
EPDs.
The aim with this thesis is to investigate if there is a market need for EPDs among Alfa
Laval’s customers and what benefits that may come from such environmental information, for
both the customers and Alfa Laval perspective. The study investigate both external and
internal driving forces, barriers, pros and cons, best practice and different actors connected to
Alfa Laval.
Thesis methodology is based on literature review about EPDs; and its tools, methodology and
Alfa Laval’s database; personal observations from the authors, adaptive learning method and
systems thinking method.
In the empirical part called “Analysis” will the eight sub objectives be discussed. The analysis
and proposal for the future will be based on the interview, our personal observation, and
literature review.
Finally; the conclusion which is followed by a summary of the findings from our research
project and critical discussion. This part provides learned lessons and recommendations for
Alfa Laval: First of all an EPD is not the right communication tool for Alfa Laval, and
therefore they should not create one. Secondly we recommend Alfa Laval to develop the
internal communication and knowledge before finding the right target customer and tool.},
  author       = {Molse, Sofie and Rüter, Caroline},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Is there a need for Environmental Product Declarations Alfa Laval’s communication of environmental information to their customers},
  year         = {2010},
}