Sustainable process innovation by idea generation and validation to successful implementation

Jan Harmsen started Harmsen Consultancy BV in 2010 after a 33-year career at Shell, where he obtained his industrial experience in research, development, design, start-up, operation and de-bottlenecking of chemical and biological processes. Hence, he knows from experience how to innovate, i.e. to get from idea to commercialisation in an effective and efficient way. He also has been a part-time professor in sustainable chemical technology at Delft and Groningen University 1997-2013.

His experience in both chemical and biological process technology and in teaching, is what gives Jan Harmsen  a unique approach in advice to process industries and academic institutes.

Current positions and functions of Jan Harmsen:

– Independent Consultant Sustainable Process Innovation
– Teacher Sustainable Design at Delft University of Technology.
– Member EFCE Working Party Process Intensification 
– Climate Stewards International member Board of Trustees

Clients include:

  • Corbion
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Det Norske Veritas
  • Dosign
  • DSM
  • ECN
  • Flowid
  • FrieslandCampina
  • Groningen University
  • Hogeschool Utrecht
  • Huntsman
  • ISPT
  • Technoforce
  • TMC Chemical
  • TU Delft
  • TU Einhoven

Sustainable Development Goals for 2030

Source: UN, Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015

17 Goals of Sustainable Development:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.*
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access. to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.