Tomi Nyman, Principal, Management Consulting
Through Pöyry’s deep engineering know-how we are scaling up new and emerging technologies
I am 42 years old and a father to two lovely children. My wife and I want them to enjoy a good and sustainable future. At Pöyry I am driven by meaningful work, where business and bio go hand-in-hand. I get to put my education into action and have a MSc Tech in Chemistry majoring in organic synthesis and polymer technology.
I chose to join Pöyry as I felt welcome both as a person and in terms of my professional expertise, knowledge and contact network. Pöyry offers a wide range of intrapreneurial opportunities, continuously renews itself and operates in an international environment – clients, colleagues and partners.
In 1992 I started working with bio-based alternatives in school, working on a project to modify starch with epoxy. My thesis in 2000-2001 focused again on starch modification. Later in my career I worked in specialty chemicals and polymers distribution, working closely with leading bioplastics and biopolymer manufacturers and with globally leading brand owners, developing value chains to support their targets in decarbonizing their products. Besides bio-based products, I have also worked closely with recycling of plastics, both mechanically and chemically which is an area where large-scale global solutions are required.
Fossil materials, if not recycled, either end up as litter in the nature or as new carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The use of bio-based alternatives brings a faster carbon dioxide cycle into practice and thus reduces the amount of new CO2 released. Combining bioplastics, recycling of plastics and fiber-based materials enables a major decrease in CO2 emissions from the industry and consumers. Through Pöyry’s deep engineering know-how we are scaling up new and emerging technologies to reach similar scale and efficiency as many fossil oil-based production technologies have today.
The race is on and it is getting hotter every year. We, as the human race, have to become less egoistic and acknowledge the fact that our behaviour has to change. Consumer perception, design and marketing of products and packaging must change, the proper infrastructure and regulatory framework must be set to implement solutions that gradually transform the plastic and climate change problem to a sustainable level. Reduce, recycle and substitute should be the shared principle for industry, decision-makers and consumers.
Consumer awareness of the possible solutions to cure our plastics addiction is essential. Decision-makers, politicians, stakeholders in the industry need to understand the reasoning, targets and obstacles in decarbonising consumer products and packaging and I’m proud to be working for Pöyry who is contributing to a more sustainable society which will benefit my children.