Eastman – Logistics sustainability and emissions monitoring



Company Name / Department Eastman
Contact Person

Sofie Wallyn

Location Home office / Rotterdam / Gent
Study programme(s)

Industrial Engineering

Community ESCF
Start Date

February 2023

Housing arranged by company No


Travel expenses, if any

Company Description

Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of chemicals, fibers and plastics materials found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.

Project Description

Through the development of the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard, the GHG Protocol has responded to the demand for an internationally accepted method to enable GHG management of companies’ value chains. Scope 3 emissions are the result of activities from assets not owned or controlled by the reporting organization, but that the organization indirectly impacts in its value chain. Because scope 3 emission sources may represent the majority of an organization’s GHG emissions, they often offer emissions reduction opportunities. Emissions related to transport and distribution are an essential part of an organization’s Scope 3, hence it is an important measure to evaluate logistics suppliers or compare different network set-ups. This project aims at mapping Eastman’s Scope 3 emissions, related to transport and distribution.


Goals of the Project

The purpose of this project is to explore best practices in the market and help identify ways how Eastman can start measuring the GHG linked to 3rd party transport and distribution of its produced and sold goods. Which KPIs can we develop/use to enable comparison of suppliers or network set-ups is an important project deliverable. A next step after ‘setting the baseline’ could be to make proposals/suggestions on how to improve (i.e. reduce) the GHG emissions by changing network set-up, selecting different suppliers etc.


  • Mapping of best practices/existing platforms in market to measure Scope 3 transport & distribution emissions
  • Development of KPIs to measure Eastman’s baseline performance
  • Measure performance on KPIs to set baseline and allow target setting for the future

    Essential Student Knowledge

    This project will require mostly:

    • communication skills to reach out to the existing Logistics Service provider network (transport & warehousing) and review how Eastman together with their suppliers can come to an aligned way of measuring

    • research capabilities to explore what Scope 3 requirements exactly are and evaluate what different platforms exist to measure


    More information: escf@tue.nl