Global GreenTag’s full-time Product Certification Team are now all multi-degree graduates and we are happy to welcome a brilliant new member to the team – Nana Bortsie-Aryee
Nana has a considerable track record in sustainability and environmental management on the global stage in both developed and developing countries. He has applied his skills as an LCA, industrial ecology researcher and solutions provider in projects from Africa to the United States to Germany, Eastern Europe, Asia and more recently, in New Zealand.
Nana has authored and co-authored a number of publications concerned with the integration of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and practices. He holds a number of degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Unviersity of Ghana, two Masters degrees from Germany and Japan, and he is soon to receive his Doctorate degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand on a thesis titled: Water Footprinting: Theory to Reality – Building competitive advantage around water management in New Zealand Livestock Agriculture
Experienced in planning and implementation of transdisciplinary sustainable projects, sustainability assessments and strategy development, including material flow analysis and comprehensive data management, Nana’s interests encompass the growth of renewable energy systems, clean technologies, sustainable waste management, sustainable water management, industrial material flow management and regional material flow management.
We asked Nana some questions:
What and or who inspired you to follow the sustainability path?
It was the fact that natural resources in my home country were being used without consideration of the environment and the negative impact on the health and livelihoods of the locals.
How important is LCA in product certification?
LCA causes companies to show proof of their processes from an environmental perspective and also improves transparency for product certification.
What is the significance of the tools that GreenTag has developed as part of it’s certification standard?
Companies need to show proof of answers in their Sustainability Declarations and the GreenTag certification approach provides a range of tools which use key sustainability indicators to investigate the progress made on these declarations.
And, why did you choose GreenTag to join?
GreenTag is a major reputable sustainability auditing brand that has its processes and procedures based on recognised international standards. Based on my training, this is a perfect organisation to continue to grow as a sustainability practitioner. The organisation also allows for growth and is perfect for me in terms of their long term growth strategy and my career direction.
What is your message to manufacturers?
Sustainability is not just talk, it can be done and we can help you achieve that through our processes.