Teresa Lindholm, Environmental Manager at Nordkalk

This is Teresa Lindholm. Teresa has worked as an Environmental Manager at Nordkalk since the beginning of the year. In this interview, she talks about for example why she wanted to work at Nordkalk, what is best about her job and how she unwinds after work.

How did you end up at Nordkalk?

I have previously worked with environmental and stakeholder aspects within the mining and other industries. I believe management in Nordkalk shares my vision of the direction we need to move in sustainability topics in the future and that cemented my decision to accept the offer to come work for Nordkalk.

Why did you want to work for Nordkalk?

Nordkalk’s strategy shares several sustainability ambitions I agree on and wish to move towards in my daily work.

A fun fact about you?

I have a particular passion for biodiversity. I think it originates from spending a lot of time in nature when younger, in the archipelago boating and growing a lot of different plants in the garden at the summer cottage. It is fascinating to understand the function of each species in the ecosystem, from small insects to large trees.

What does an Environmental Manager do? Can you describe your regular work week/day?

My work involves updating different CO2 emission and environmental permits as well as plans needed for implementing changes in operations. Work involves regular communication with authorities and taking part in inspections. I monitor developments and sometimes take an active role in commenting on suggested changes to European and national environmental legislation, as well as local zoning, in order to make sure our industry is properly understood and taken into consideration. Further I aim to make sure we answer stakeholder contacts, from e.g. neighbours to our activities, promptly and with care. Sometimes I partake in development projects surrounding a wide range of different environmental aspects, ranging from biodiversity surrounding our quarries to emission control.

If you didn’t work as an Environmental manager what else would you do at Nordkalk?

There would probably be several different interesting options. I am a curious person by nature, so I would be open to learn more about most topics.

What is best about your job?

I get to understand and work with a large variety of topics linked to our operations. I also need to envision what operations will look like far ahead in the future. In the end I wish the legacy we leave behind us is as good or better than before operations started.

What do you normally tell people about Nordkalk as a workplace?

You get a friendly reception by all people working at Nordkalk. I also often bring up the roadmap to fossil-free operations by 2040 as a concrete target in our Sustainability programme.

What has surprised you about limestone since you started at Nordkalk?

As I have previously worked more with mining and other industries I did not have much experience of kiln processes. I do not think I quite grasped the complexity in reducing CO2 emissions from quicklime production.

How do you tackle challenges of your job?

I usually consult people smarter than me. It is important to realize your own limitations. Continuously improving your own knowledge is a good way to build professional confidence and make sure I am ready for future challenges. Having a reasonably high resilience for stress helps keep me focused when there is a lot to get done.

How do you unwind and find balance in work and life?

I stick to the basics: exercise, spending time with family or friends and in nature helps unwind. For me the form of exercise usually needs to be so challenging that you have no possibility to think about anything else at the same time, then I can fully clear my mind.

Do you think there is room for you to grow your career at Nordkalk?

How the company develops in the future will tell, but I believe there are many interesting future prospects. Most important is to not stay stagnant, but to constantly develop and learn new things.

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