Innovations in Process Automation for Sustainability

by | Apr 23, 2021 | Sustainability

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Social Marketing Leader

Innovations in Process Automation magazine, Issue 17The latest edition (#17) of Emerson’s Innovations in Process Automation magazine is now available. Innovations in Process Automation is a European bi-yearly magazine for manufacturers and producers, which focuses on how Emerson’s innovative technologies, services, and people help our customers solve their challenges. The magazine is also available in Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian.

This sustainability-focused edition features an introduction by Roel Van Doren, group president of Emerson Automation Solutions global sales. Roel notes that environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges facing our world today. To help ensure that future generations will inherit a healthy planet, it is critical for industrial organizations to incorporate environmental sustainability strategies in their business models.

Emerson experts featured in this edition include:

  • Ana Gonzalez: Getting real: deconstructing decarbonisation opportunities
  • Mike Train & Veronica Constantin: Practical solutions for a tangible impact on environmental sustainability
  • Rossella Mimmi: Advanced automation technology meets biomethane production challenges
  • Nicolas Marti: Automation plays a vital role in meeting greater demand for hydrogen
  • Glyn Westlake: Optimising control loop performance helps improve energy efficiency
  • Michael Rehm: Ensure compliance with evolving emissions legislation
  • Julian Annison: Achieve a step-change in environmental sustainability performance through digital transformation

There are also two case studies: Control Performance Service at Clarian, and Power Plant Controls at MKUO ProNatura.

Ana highlights the sustainability framework Kaya identity, which is a simplified way to assess the relative contributions that individual technologies or practices have on global greenhouse (GHG) emission reductions.

G = G/E * E/M * M/P * P/S * S

She explains:

On one side, we have overall GHG emissions (G); on the other, the multiple technology alternatives. In the supply (G/E), emissions can be reduced by removing the carbon coming in through the energy sources, e.g., through low-carbon electrification or switching to cleaner fuels, such as biofuels and green hydrogen. In the demand (S), emissions can be lowered by reducing the services delivered, i.e., consuming less or changing consumption habits. In the middle, there are three options: improving energy efficiency (E/M); reducing the materials used to make a product, i.e., material efficiency (M/P); and reducing product-service intensity (P/S) by redesigning products.

Download your copy of Innovations in Process Automation for more from the other Emerson experts on ways to drive progress in your sustainability initiatives. Visit the Top Quartile Performance section on Emerson.com for more on the technologies, applications and solutions for more sustainable operations.

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