MD.20.004 – Evidence-based industrial Sustainability Tailored for Environmental and Economic Management (ESTEEM)

Route: Measuring and detecting: anything, anytime, anywhere

Cluster question: 017 How can we make chemical and biochemical production processes more sustainable, more efficient, and cleaner?

Dutch Process Industry is among the most intensive, productive and technologically advanced in the world and has committed itself to a key role in achieving a sustainable society. Reducing environmental impact is of the utmost essence to sustain societal and ecological well-being on our planet. Digital innovations are key in creating such sustainability in a robust, timely and transparent fashion. Creating optimal impact from such solutions, however is a multi-faceted challenge that requires a strongly interdisciplinary approach from different perspectives:
(1) Industry4.0 is the techno-scientific framework to create and introduce novel sensors and algorithms in the process to predict and diagnose process faults and inconsistencies. New sensing technologies and new algorithms that combine Data Science, Chemical Engineering and Quality Assurance ‘currently highly complementary disciplines’ may provide increasingly valuable predictions that can be shared and understood throughout the company.
(2) Process Measurements may be highly informative of environmental impact. However, process sustainability is embedded in a much broader system of performance, including societal, economic and engineering Key Performance Indicators. Understanding sustainability from process measurements and as an integrated KPI is key to control and reduce environmental impact.
(3) Industry4.0 requires currently unavailable social insight in how changes in work affect and reinforce employee motivation. This requires acceptance of new technologies across the company to bridge process operations with managerial performance. Technologically, new sensors and algorithms enable a much larger value proposition when they lead to increasingly information-rich insights and predictions on Key Performance Indicators.
Reducing environmental impact of Dutch Process Industry therefore needs a strong innovation drive that integrates data-driven transparency in the material and production chain, integration of sustainability, e.g. Life Cycle Assessment, in much broader Key Performance Systems and re-imagining work, technology and business in a novel integrated value proposition.


Analytical Chemistry, Industry4.0, New Business Models, Smart Industries, smart sensors, sustainability, Technology Acceptance

Other organisations

COAST, ISPT, Nouryon, TIPb


Organisation Radboud Universiteit (RU)
Name Dr. J.J. (Jeroen) Jansen