How can visualization of climate impact create incentive and momentum to become more sustainable within a company?

University essay from KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS); KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)

Author: Johanna Hjertberg; Hanna Söderlund; [2019]

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Abstract: This work aims to evaluate the effects of visualization of climate impact data. The study was performed together with the logistics department at Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT), Sweden. SMT has sought to develop their sustainability strategy and was therefore suitable as a collaboration partner. The development of the design was done in consultation with SMT to fulfil their needs, for example the data was chosen and provided by SMT. In addition to this, research was done on effective visualization designs. From this, a sketched prototype was created which furthermore developed into a website. Human Computer Interaction (HCI) methods, such as think aloud interviews, were used in the evaluation process. These interviews focused on understanding the current mindset towards sustainability. After two to three weeks, a survey was sent out with similar questions as during the first survey and interviews. The purpose of this survey was to be able to compare the results between the interviews and the answers on the survey, and recognize any changes in mindset. The results from these comparisons were that the mindsets did not seem to have changed significantly. However, the results show that there is a change in the perception of the individual responsibility, both as a department and person. It should be pointed out that the time provided for the evaluation process was limited. To strengthen these results, it is suggested that the evaluation time extends and that the frequency of usage is consistent and high level.

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