EWS develops concept for CO2 reduction

Jan Mayländer is working on his master's thesis at EWS in the field of CO2 reduction. 

A sustainable field of work: Jan Mayländer is a master's student at EWS to determine the carbon footprint. We asked Jan about the action steps for his master's thesis and what goals EWS is pursuing with the results.

We all know about the need to avoid carbon. But saving it is not always in the hands of the individual: Long before products enter our everyday lives, they bring with them a CO2 history. Among other things, energy consumption during production and long transport routes result in high carbon dioxide emissions. If the companies involved in the supply chain do not pay attention to their CO2 footprint, it quickly adds up in the final product.

EWS is addressing its own carbon footprint and wants to set the course for the future by further reducing climate-damaging gases. Master's student Jan Mayländer has been analyzing energy consumption and emission sources in the company since March. His environmental protection studies at Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen provides him with the best knowledge base for this.


At EWS you are busy developing a sustainable CO2 concept. What motivates you about it?

Jan: Driven by the sustainability debate in our society, the topic has become one of the most important in politics. This results in changing legal requirements and new challenges for companies. I see very good future opportunities in this area and would like to specialize further in order to later work in consulting on sustainability issues in companies.

What excites you about exploring the topic specifically at EWS?

Jan: At EWS, the determination of the CO2 footprint is a new topic. The master's thesis here is to lay the first foundation for a concept for CO2 neutrality. Due to the flat corporate structure, decisions are made faster and easier. This gives me the positive feeling that my recommendations for action to reduce CO2 emissions will be implemented quickly.

What does a typical working day look like for you?

Jan: Currently, I am researching the literature and familiarizing myself with the topic. This means that I work a lot on the computer to describe the theoretical basics. Here, I am partly in the home office and partly on site. This will be followed by an analysis of energy consumption and emission sources in the company - and their classification. I will hold discussions with specialist departments in order to determine the data.