Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production – Zwart Tech

Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

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Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Whilst consumption and production is the main driving force of the economy, it is important to consider that this is supported by the natural world and resources, many of which are finite. The advancement of the economy and society over the last couple of centuries has been accompanied by the depletion of natural resources and degradation of the environment (Campioni, 2020). It is estimated that if the population reaches 9.6 billion by 2050, we would need the resources of three piles of earth to maintain current lifestyles (“Sustainable consumption and production”, 2020). Whilst Covid-19 provided some short-lived relief for the environment, it is insufficient to halt the damage to our environment that is currently being done and has already been done. As such it is vital that responsible consumption and production is practised whenever and wherever possible.

ZwartTech aims to be environmentally responsible as much as possible. We operate under a remote work business model for our engineers and office employees, both during and after the pandemic, and therefore we are substantially reducing our carbon emissions from commuting to and from work (https://doi.org/10.1080/15567036.2020.1831108). Transportation by cars or planes account for over 12% of greenhouse gas emissions by year, and therefore we choose to avoid these options wherever possible (Chowdhury, 2009). Engaged engineers are encouraged to use public transport wherever possible when travel is required through the provision of travel cards. ZwartTech also uses a shared coworking office space when physical meetings are required. This is a more efficient use of space than having a physical office, as there is less of a need to build new buildings when companies engage with this kind of office space. Building and maintaining new offices can carry a high cost for the environment and as such we believe that this choice supports our goal of responsible consumption and production (Ylmén et al., 2019). Through our remote model, we are able to encourage remote work in other sectors, by showing that it is viable and profitable. We create a “green” product that will inspire our partners to do the same.

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