Joint Release | MIT Technology Review: Device Management Helps Accelerate Decarbonization!
In the process of global response to climate change, countries have successively introduced corresponding measures, and China has also proposed the “3060” dual-carbon goal, all of which are transforming towards sustainable development. Among them, the manufacturing industry, which is a “big carbon producer”, is in urgent need of decarbonization acceleration.
Recently, Schneider Electric and MIT Technology Review jointly released a report titled “Equipment Management and Sustainable Development”. Manufacturers are working together to drive industry sustainability and set long-term goals based on visibility into supply chain carbon emissions, the report noted.
To aggressively drive decarbonization, manufacturing companies are diversifying their efforts. To achieve this goal, according to the calculations of the Schneider Electric Institute for Sustainable Development, the energy supply side will bear 45% of the decarbonization in the future, while the energy demand side will bear 55% of the decarbonization.
- On the energy supply side, by 2030, the use of fossil energy can be reduced by 25% and carbon reduction by 45% can be achieved by replacing renewable energy sources.
- On the energy demand side, buildings, industry and transport need to be electrified by a factor of 1.5 and achieve a 30% carbon reduction by 2030. At the same time, leveraging digital technology to improve energy efficiency on the demand side is expected to reduce energy demand by 10% and achieve a 25% carbon reduction by 2030.
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What are the key concerns and trends on the energy demand side?
Connectivity “Insights Crux”
Improve energy efficiency visibility and gain insights
The ability to automate machinery and equipment, monitor and analyze manufacturing processes through digital technology is often referred to as “Industry 4.0”. In Phase 4.0, manufacturing leaders are reshaping manufacturing processes, improving energy efficiency and optimizing material usage. In the production and operation links of manufacturing plants, the energy consumption of each link affects the overall efficiency and total carbon emissions. The key to removing obstacles on the road to sustainable manufacturing is making equipment “visible” through digital connectivity and data analysis.
By using sensors and performance management tools to track energy consumption and carbon emissions, companies can reduce maintenance costs, achieve a higher level of equipment management and performance management, help companies improve equipment performance, reduce waste, and reduce carbon-intensive product manufacturing processes. resource usage.
Technology blessing “flexible and changeable”
Realize lean process and modularized production line
The trump card of technology is critical for manufacturing, helping to build better forecasting processes that are more lean and modular. Not only does this help enable more precise calibration to inform inputs into raw materials, production lines and processes, it also enables better predictive data, allowing producers to design more sustainable manufacturing processes from the start.
A company in the United States has developed various digital models using virtual technology and analysis tools, and used predictive tools to pre-stress the sustainable production models in virtual reality scenarios before putting them into actual production lines. This not only improves product quality, but also helps improve device functionality.
Circular economy “green cost reduction”
Product life cycle design
To accelerate the realization of a “circular economy”, leading manufacturing companies need to reshape their manufacturing processes, and companies need to develop long-term business development plans for materials management under the principles of sustainable design and manufacturing. Dismantling existing products by building new facilities to better utilize spare parts and total cost of ownership (TCO) models, streamlining product design processes, increasing sustainability investments, and even shortening the lifespan of machinery-intensive products Take advantage of iterative innovations in electrical efficiency.
A French car manufacturer is building a new factory dedicated to dismantling old trucks, and plans to reuse the dismantled parts, which naturally consumes less energy than scrapping the entire vehicle.
The research results show that the sustainable development of the manufacturing industry is changing from accidental to inevitable. At present, efficient equipment management and clear green development goals are driving the manufacturing industry towards an efficient decarbonization path. However, to achieve global climate goals, the manufacturing industry still needs to race against time, continue to optimize the use of data and digital technologies, and accelerate its own decarbonization process.
Schneider Electric Global Executive Vice President
Head of Power Systems and Services Business
Sustainability has always been at the heart of Shijia’s purpose and business. While accelerating the sustainable development of its own business, Shijia continues to develop and innovate, and strive to empower enterprises to maximize the use of energy and resources. Not only has a large-scale recycling model of recycling, refurbishment, reuse been established, but 2,500 new green jobs have been created in the consulting, modernization and maintenance business units. Facing the challenge of climate change, Shijia will join hands with more enterprises to continue to discover new opportunities for energy conservation!
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