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Sustainability Explained


For the last 50 years, we have been ignoring uncertainty. Throughout this period, eminent scientists and prominent thinkers have pointed out the relevance of uncertainty (often acknowledged with Nobel Prizes), but it has not changed mainstream economics and business. One of the reasons for this disconnection between the advances in  scientific knowledge and the actual activities of businesses in the market, was the difficulty of translating these insights into pragmatic and practical advice for decision makers.

SusPlain has developed a set of tools that assist decision makers in understanding the role of uncertainty and how it can be used to shape the performance of their organizations and the value they provide. Below are four tools that we have developed for governments and businesses so far.

Agent-Based Scenario Analysis

How do explore the impacts of governmental policies on the innovative behaviour of industrial organizations in energy networks? Especially when these industrial organizations are heterogeneous and operate in global markets? Agent-Based Scenario Analysis is a quantitative tool that we have developed to address these kind of questions. It is based on agent-based modelling, but with one important distinction; we explore not only the uncertainty in the technical parameters of new technologies, but also how people's perceptions of technology can impact its evolution over time. Find out more about agent-based scenario analysis here.

Evolutionary Pathways Analysis  (EPA)

How does the future look in 30 years? And how does that affect your position within the market? Evolutionary pathway analysis is a method to evaluate how your organization performs over long time scales. The method does not only consider your performance under different scenarios or stress points, but it also explore how resilient and robust your organization to adapt to future suprises. Find out more about evolutionary pathways analysis here.

Socio-Technical Energy Chain Analysis (STECA)

Supply chains are an important strategic asset for any organization, but how do you use your suppliers or customers to strengthen your own position? Life Cycle Analysis is an established tool to evaluate the environmental impact of your products, but how you use this information strategically? Socio-Technical Energy Chain Analysis is a strategic tool that we have developed in the context of the chemical industry to use supply chain management to improve the environmental performance of your products. Find out more about socio-technical energy chain analysis here.

Integrated Environmental  & Human Uncertainty Analysis (INEMA)

How do you design more environmentally benign products or processes with the user in mind? The user, whether this is a customer, an other organization, or citizens, is often unpredictable and cannot be controlled. Integrated Environmental-Human Uncertainty Analysis is a tool that we have developed to consider the potential uncertainties associated with user behaviour into your design processes. Find out more about integrated Environmental-Human Uncertainty Analysis here.