I help to calculate the CO2 emissions of new projects

Wouter Drinkwaard, alumnus

My job is very international

At secondary school I did a broad range of subjects: I had a Nature & Technology profile together with economics and management & organization. I wanted to do a study program covering the same broad interests – one that focused not only on technology, but more particularly on how you can apply technology in a useful way. After a number of orientation days at different universities, Innovation Sciences was clearly the program I wanted to do! It includes technology, but there’s also plenty of attention for economics, policy and management.

After my studies I started work as an Energy Consultant at Cofely Energy Solutions. I worked there for one-and-a-half years on improving the energy-efficiency of large office buildings and hospitals. Now I’ve been working as a Lifecycle CO2 analyst at Shell for one-and-a-half years, and in this job I help to calculate the CO2 emissions of new projects.

That involves not only looking at the project itself, but also at the total chain that the product goes through. I do research on ways to reduce emissions, and I consider how the CO2 regulations may develop in the future and how this will influence the project. I also look at how Shell can develop a portfolio of projects so that the company is ready for the future.

My job is very international. Many of my colleagues are from other countries, and in projects I work together with people from all over the world. In the future I’d like to work in other countries on setting up sustainable energy projects.