To start. Can you tell a little bit about yourself?
My name is Nicolò, I have been working for Blonk Sustainability Tools for the past two years, initially as sustainability consultant and now as data and methodology specialist. My background is only partially on data and LCA, since I am a food technologist, specialized in sustainable process engineering at Wageningen University.
More about your job. What is your role within Blonk Sustainability Tools?
I am involved in different projects, such as database developments, model developments, consultancy project support and in general the on-going internal task of assuring that the data and models used by Blonk Sustainability Tools and Blonk Consultants are up to date and meet high quality standards.
What are you currently working on?
My main involvement is currently on developing the methodology used for the APS-footprint tool and using the tool for case studies and consultancy.
How do think software, such as APS-footprint, can make the change to a more sustainable world?
In practice, such software can help assessing environmental impact and estimating interventions effects and trade-offs, which are, together with the people and economic impact, keys for decision making and concrete actions. Still, what I think is the greatest potential of such tools, is that it enables understanding the complexity and uncertainties of reality, first step to grow a mindset really able to grasp the sustainability concept.
What is your favorite part of your work for APS-footprint?
I especially like the process of developing a new module, functionality or update. This goes through brainstorming, creating a proof of concept (my favorite!) and then defining more in specific the concrete implementation plan, through interaction with other departments.
What do you find most challenging about the development of APS-footprint?
The most challenging aspect for me is to manage the various aspects (data, standards, model) of a tool that is in constant evolution.