Creating a CO2 neutral Customer Center
On the outskirts of Eskilstuna, the head office of Volvo Construction Equipment's sales organization within EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) is located on one of the world's largest demonstration areas for construction equipment machinery, the Customer Center. On an area that today is 430,000 square meters and which will grow by an additional 120,000 square meters in 2020, visitors from all over the world can experience our products and services in a unique environment. Now we want to take the step and make our Customer Center CO2 neutral and to succeed in this work we want your help!
Google on “CO2 emissions” and you get over 200 million hits and not a day goes by without reports that we have to reduce our CO2 emissions to counteract the greenhouse effect and thus global warming. The world's total CO2 emissions exceed 35 billion tonnes* and have steadily increased since we started measuring this in the 1970s. On the list of CO2 emissions per country, Sweden is in 63rd place* with 4.54 tonnes per inhabitant.
In 1972, the UN's first environmental conference was held in Stockholm, where Volvo's former President and CEO P-G Gyllenhammar openly stated that Volvo "was part of the problem but also wanted to be part of the solution". That a CEO in this time acknowledged that their company were part of a larger societal problem was something completely new. This, in turn, led to the fact that care for the enviroment today is one of Volvo’s core values and is included in everything we do.
Your thesis will include
- An external analysis of how other companies are working to become CO2 neutral, preferably with a focus on conference and demonstration facilities
- An analysis and comparison with other Volvo sites that have worked on their C02 imprints
- (For example, Volvo CE in Braås and Volvo Trucks in Ghent, Belgium)
- An analysis of the Customer Center's total environmental impact today
- A concrete plan on how to make the entire Customer Center (both office and demonstration area) become CO2 neutral
- A concrete plan for how we will work with our CO2 impact in connection with major events at the Customer Center
- We will be open to working with you and your supervisor to adapt the content of the thesis to meet the academic requirements
Volvo Construction Equipment is part of the Volvo Group with 14,000 employees around the world. We are one of Sweden's largest industrial companies and one of the world's largest manufacturers of construction equipment machinery and associated services.
Volvo CE Sales Region EMEA is responsible for sales of our products and services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We are more than 350 passionate people working in Sales Region EMEA with headquarters in Eskilstuna, but also with offices in Moscow (Russia), Munich (Germany), Duxford (England) and Dubai (UAE).
Thesis Level: Master and/or Bachelor
Starting date: January 2020 (or earlier if possible)
Number of students: One or two
Paulina Ekestubbe (Tutor) – Manager Customer Expereience and Events, Sales Region EMEA, +46 16 5415661
Anne Bast – Vice President Corporate Communication, Sales Region EMEA, +46 16 5415906
Karl Serneberg – Director Marketing, Sales Region EMEA, +46 16 2019303
Volvo Construction Equipment is a global company driven by passion, curiosity and by our purpose: to build the world we want to live in. We believe that only through imagination and teamwork can we develop a world that is cleaner, smarter and more connected. Our company culture reflects this belief through the care and trust it places in our customers, employees and suppliers. People are at the heart of our business. It is through our strong network of talented, enquiring and innovative minds that we have been able to pave the way towards a more sustainable future. The global construction industry is our arena and our employees are our greatest assets.
We can only continue to stand out as industry leaders through the people driving us forwards. Come be a part of our team and help us build tomorrow.