Climate Change News Digest May 2021

Climate change good news question of the month: What country’s federal court was the latest to rule that their government has a responsibility to protect young people from harm and injury due to the climate crisis? Read on to find the answer in this month’s Climate Change News Digest prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance.

New studies have shown the urgency of drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) starting now and limiting temperature increases to avoid massive melting of ice on land and sea. Over the coming years scientists predict that the melting of land-based ice, like that in Antarctica and Greenland, will be responsible for about half of the predicted rise in sea-level. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that sea level rise by 2100 will be from 1 to 3 feet. Other scientists worry that an irreversible tipping point, like “ice cliff instability”, could be reached that accelerates Antarctica melting, resulting in rapid sea level rise of dozens if not hundreds of feet.

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Solutions to Avoid a Climate Disaster – Part 1

International members of the PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) met recently to discuss the timely new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need.” The panel discussion was moderated by PGGA co-founder Jos Voskuil with participants Klaus Brettschneider, Lionel Grealou, Patrick Hillberg, Ilan Madjar, and Richard McFall.

That author Bill Gates, who admits upfront in the book that he is an imperfect messenger, wrote what many of us often think about the climate crisis:

“It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of a problem as big as climate change. But you’re not powerless. And you don’t have to be a politician or a philanthropist to make a difference. You have influence as a citizen, a consumer, and an employee or employer.”

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Intersection of Product Lifecycle Management and Climate Change

Digital Engineering published the following commentary written by Robert Farrell on “The Intersection of Product Lifecycle Management and Climate Change” in the February 2021 issue which featured the PLM Green Global Alliance.

Until recently, initiatives to advance sustainability and combat climate change have primarily focused on improving product performance to minimize energy usage and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is enabling technologies and supporting software applications that are contributing to the greening of our global economy in many ways.

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Climate Change News Digest January 2021

This month’s Climate Change News Digest shared with followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance has much news (both good and not so good), research, and announcements from around the world. The featured image this month is a graph of the average global temperature produced by the U.S. NOAA at https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature.

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How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change

Completing the Picture: How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change – From the Ellen MacArthur Foundation “Completing the Picture highlights the indispensable role that the circular economy plays in tackling the climate crisis. It aims to demonstrate how circular economy principles and strategies significantly reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.” Read this important paper HERE.

PLM Green Global Alliance

Who are we and what is our Mission?

The PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) is an international community of professionals who work with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enabling technologies and are collaborating to help create a more sustainable low carbon circular economy.

The mission of the PLM Green Global Alliance is to develop a global network and foster a coalition between professionals and students who use, develop, teach, research, market, or support Product Lifecycle Management enabling strategies, technologies and software solutions that have value in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change due to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

What is our Motivation?

We are motivated by the opportunities and challenges to create a sustainable circular economy and green future for our industries, communities, nations, and all life forms on the planet Earth that depend on healthy ecosystems.

Climate scientists and policy experts warn that we have ten years left, basically the rest of this decade as illustrated in the countdown clock, to slow then reverse GHG emissions to become a more sustainable economy. After that, a series of irreversible tipping points may be breached.

This decade, this year, now and not some point in the future, is the time to take action in big and small ways alike. Our profession is uniquely qualified to participate in and accelerate the rapid transformation of industries and decarbonization of economies that will be required.

What are our Goals?

We seek to educate, advocate, and collaborate for greater recognition of the role and value of PLM technologies to help assess, reduce, mitigate, and adapt to (when necessary) climate change, which then contributes to sustainability.

There are many examples of how PLM-related technologies are doing just that, but very few focused platforms and open forums where professional resources and application case studies can be collected, researched, shared, discussed, and promoted for the common good.

Who are Members of the Alliance?

The PGGA is an non-commercial international group and as such there is no cost to participate. Our only requirement is that you have a sincere professional or personal interest in the intersection of PLM and our theme topics. These themes currently include: Climate Change, Sustainability, Green Energy, Circular Economy and Industry 4.0. If you do, we invite you join our recently formed PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group where we now have over 250 members from around the world.

Please note that this group is not a forum which will study or debate the environmental sciences of carbon emissions, global warming, or climate change. That function is already covered by many respectable science-based global organizations. These climate experts have concluded that human-generated climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions is happening now and its effects are already becoming severe and may become irreversible as well all devastating if current trends are not arrested.

What PLM Enabling Technologies are Relevant?

Members of our informal alliance are invited to share and collaborate across a global community of professionals working with PLM-related technologies that can help transform our economies to be more energy efficient, carbon neutral, and sustainable.

These technologies include but are not limited to: Product Data Management (PDM), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), Simulation & Analysis (SA), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Digital Twins (DT), Digital Manufacturing (DMfg), Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing (AM/3DP), Product Portfolio Management (PPM), Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA),  Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Visualization (Viz), Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO), Multi-Physics Simulation (MPS), Product Cost Management (PCM), Architectural Engineering Construction/Building Information Management (AEC/BIM), Service Lifecycle Management (SLM), Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM), Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), High Performance Computing (HPC) and Enterprise Collaboration & Innovation Management (ECIM).

(For descriptions and additional information about these underlying technologies please visit the PLM Atlas website, an educational offering of PLM Alliances LLC.)

What are Example Applications?

In the PLM Green Global Alliance we invite working professionals, users, researchers, teachers, students, developers, marketers, and followers of these application domains to share example case studies and thought leadership of how PLM-enabling technologies can be used to:

  • make products and processes more energy efficient and sustainable
  • find and develop new sources of renewable green energy
  • decarbonize entire industries and economies
  • store and transmit alternative energy supplies
  • reduce or sequester human-generated carbon emissions
  • capture naturally produced greenhouse and methane gasses
  • pioneer and deploy green manufacturing processes
  • design products and their lifecycles to be environmentally friendly
  • simulate and test global geoengineering technologies as solutions
  • recycle, reuse, or repurpose assets, materials, and natural resources
  • support and accelerate the transformation to a circular economy
  • minimize and mitigate the damage to infrastructures from global warming
  • monitor a warming planet, changing weather patterns, and impact of climate change
  • enhance the resiliency and sustainability of industries, communities and economies

Our group has selected overarching “PLM Green Themes” along with sub-topics which we will use to help us prioritize our coverage of application examples.

What’s Next?

In 2021 we will be researching, collecting, discussing, and sharing examples of the above applications along with thought leadership blogs, white papers, success stories, and other useful resources submitted to us from around the globe. Look for these soon on PLM Green Examples and PLM Green ResourcesSend us your examples with a link to reference and credit to info@plmgreenalliance.org.

Participate in our discussion by joining the newly-formed PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12304531/Register to receive our news by entering your email on the top right of any page on this website.

We very much welcome the contribution of your ideas, experience, topics, and help by contacting our founders Richard McFall in North America at richard@plmgreenalliance.com or Jos Voskuil in Europe at tacit@planet.nl. Or visit the PLM Green Conversation and Collaboration website page for specific opportunities to participate and contribute.

Regards – Mit freundlichen Grüßen – בברכה – Cordiali Saluti – नमस्ते – Namaste – Cordialement – 敬具- Saludos – Saudações – 好日子 – Met vriendelijke groet

Climate Change News Digest December 2020

This month’s Climate Change News Digest has much good news, research, and announcements to share from around the world.

In a meeting of world leaders on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate accord, and one month after the US officially left it, President-elect Joe Biden restated his pledge for the US to rejoin. Heads of state and government officials from over 70 countries, with the exception of the Trump administration, participated in the virtual event. Biden also called for a climate summit within his first 100 days in office. He then reaffirmed a campaign pledge of setting a target to cut US emissions to net zero no later than 2050. More than 200 countries have pledged to achieve net zero by 2050.

At the virtual event, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres once again asked world leaders to declare a world-wide climate emergency claiming that if we don’t change course the planet is headed to a catastrophic temperature rise of more than 3 degrees Celsius. The good news is that carbon emissions are expected to drop by 7% this year so predicts the Global Carbon project. It reported that emissions dropped a impressive 12% in the US and 11% in Europe, but less than 2% in China. Of course, it was for all the wrong reasons, a global pandemic, that we hope is not repeated for that reason.

At the meeting China’s President Xi Jinping pledged to reduce its carbon intensity by over 65% in the next 10 years as part of a plan to produce a more sustainable, greener economy. China would do so, Xi said, by tripling wind and solar power capacity. This follows China’s previous announcement of its intentions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to net-zero by 2060. China is the largest producer of GHG emissions and has recently taken the lead from the US left open by Trump in multinational leadership to address climate change.

Former Vice President Al Gore marked the 5th anniversary of the Paris Accord with an editorial testifying to where he finds hope during the middle of a pandemic crisis and worsening climate crisis. He cited that the cost of solar energy has fallen by nearly 90% in the past decade and the cost of wind turbines by almost 60%. 90% of all new electricity worldwide this year will come from clean energy. The reduced cost of green energy is driving the retirement of fossil fuel carbon emitting plants faster than had even been hoped. And country after country around the world is announcing their intent to be carbon net zero by mid-century.

Earlier in the month the UN Secretary said bluntly “the state of the planet is broken” and “humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal.”  His comments were made as part of the release of the annual U.N. State of Climate report. The UN stands by its “planetary emergency” declaration that we must reduce emissions by 6% annually through 2030 to have any chance at keep temperatures from rising above 1.5 degree Celsius. The EU responded by upping its goal of reducing total emissions by 55% in the next ten years.

The UN’s recently published annual Emissions Gap Report said that GHG emissions grew by an average of 1.4% from 2010 thru 2019. The report called for nations to use their COVID economic recovery wisely as part to combat climate change and meet their own goals. It also said that the wealthy among us need to reduce their carbon footprint by a factor of 30. The richest 1% of the world’s population are said to be responsible for more than double the emissions from the poorest 50%.  The carbon footprint of the average American was said to be nearly 18 tons of CO2 a year, nearly twice that of a European, and nearly 10 times of an average Indian. In 2019 total global emissions from all man-made sources were said to be 59 billion tons of CO2 equivalent.

European scientists from the Copernicus Climate Change Service said that November was the warmest November of record. They also reported that the extent of early winter Artic sea ice is the second lowest ever since satellites started measuring it. The year of 2020 overall is comparable to the hottest year so far which was 2016.

The European Commission launched a new program this month called the European Climate Pact to motivate climate action that will build a greener Europe.  A primary goal is to involve all Europeans in making more educated decisions about their everyday life choices. This follows as part of the action plan from the launching of the European Green Deal a year ago.

Young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was quoted in a recent New York Times interview saying “The majority of the world’s population won’t be able to adapt. This is being ignored to a degree that is pathetic.” And “We tend to overthink things. Sometimes the simple answer is, it is not sustainable to live like this.” How did a 17-year-old get to be this wise?

After formally winning the electoral college on Dec. 14, President-elect Biden declared later there was “literally no time to waste” on climate change. He then announced remaining members of his administration’s top environmental posts. John Kerry was previously announced as his international emissary on climate change and former EPA chief Gina McCarthy in a new White House Office of Climate Policy. They will be joined by Michael Regan, a Black American, to lead the EPA who unlike Trump’s EPA appointees including coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, actually has relevant experience in protecting the environment and working on environmental  justice issues. Also nominated to head the Dept. of Interior will be Deb Haaland, a Native American, who is a critic of oil and gas leases on public lands and selling them into private hands. Former candidate Pete Buttigieg is to be nominated to head Transportation, making him the first openly gay American to become a cabinet member as well as one of the youngest. He had previously spoken of his support of restoring higher mileage standards, producing electric vehicles, and investing in more mass transit. What a refreshing change this is compared to the last four years as we will have an environmental climate team that actually cares about the environment and climate.

A new report in The Lancet by global health experts warns that climate change is a not a future public health risk, but one that is occurring now.  As example, the increasing frequency of heat waves has contributed to a 50% increase in heat-related deaths among people older than 65 over the past two decades. Additional dangers include the harm of smoke from wildfires and the increasing habitats of tropical infectious diseases.

Climate change is reported to be a contributing factor to more drownings from people falling through ice on bodies of water that in previous years were frozen solid. Thin ice has become more of a threat to the indigenous populations of Canada and Alaska where temperatures are rising much faster than the rest of the planet; as much as 6 degrees F warmer than 73 years ago.

The annual Arctic Report Card by scientists from NOAA and 15 other countries said the region was warming at nearly three times the rate of the rest of the world.  The average temperature of the last year was said to be 3.4 degrees F above its average of the previous three decades. A record-high 100.4 degrees F was set in a Russian artic village this year. The report on the state of health of the Arctic documents alarming changes in the not-so-frozen north that are clearly transforming it in our life time. Record heat is being experienced, permafrost continues to thaw releasing methane into the atmosphere, sea ice is diminishing, ocean and land wildlife are being impacted, wildfires are burning from dried-out vegetation, glaciers are melting, there is more open water and rain, less sunlight is being reflected back into space because of shrinking ice and snow covers, and the coastline villages of indigenous people are eroding. It is clear when looking at the Arctic that climate change is real and happening now, and not some distant time in the future.

Denmark has become the first large oil-producing country, and the largest of the EU, to declare an end of state-supported oil exploration in the North Sea. They hope to phase out of all extraction by 2050. The decision is that much more notable because Denmark’s government, economy, and social benefits have been dependent on oil revenue for decades.

Auto manufacturer General Motors has reversed its support of Trump-era efforts to fight California’s tougher fuel efficiency standards.  It has now shown support for the climate policies of the incoming Biden administration that promote electric cars. CEO Mary Barra urged other car companies to do the same.

Hundreds of fisheries, marine societies, and aquatic scientists have said that urgent action is needed to save the world’s oceans and their ecosystems. They cited thousands of studies that confirmed severe effects on aquatic systems are already being experienced and will become irreversible on the current trajectory. This included floods, storms, marine heatwaves, droughts, melting glaciers, thawing wetlands, clean water availability, snowmelts, destabilization of ice sheets, shifting ocean currents, rising sea levels, acidification, deoxygenation, coral bleaching, loss of biodiversity, changing seasonal migration patterns, declining marine life, and rapidly changing sustainable species habitats.

One of the largest pension funds in the US, the state of New York, joins the growing list of over 1,000 institutional investors that are reducing or divesting themselves of fossil-fuel stocks. This follows oil giant Exxon Mobile writing down its assets by almost $20 billion last month after losing $2.4 billion last year. This month the company, which was recently removed from the Dow Jones, finally announced a plan to reduce its carbon footprint, although many call it too little to late from a company that cannot be trusted, citing their role in financing climate deniers.

The Federal Reserve central bank of the US formally joined the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System. The Fed was only one of two major central banks that had not yet done so. Last month the bank had begun including the risks of climate change into its analysis.

All-time snowfall records were set in Japan this month when portions of the country experienced extreme snowfalls of over 5-7 feet. It was due to an ocean-effect winter storm that carried huge amounts of moisture in it. As the climate and oceans warm scientists warn of more extreme precipitation weather events. Another example is climate change affecting patterns of the northern hemisphere’s winter jet stream, such as a polar vortex bring colder weather further south into northern latitudes.

Despite commitments from countries around the world to go carbon-neutral by 2050, some scientists believe that may not be enough. They argue that global-size geoengineering initiatives will be required to head off a planetary calamity. Blocking or reflecting sunlight back into space, creating more clouds, sucking carbon out of the air, and helping oceans uptake carbon are only a few of the worrisome ideas.

Others like the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance are advocating that we work with nature’s own processes, and not manipulate them in ways that are likely to have unknown or unintended consequences. These solutions include harnessing the capacity of forests, grasslands, peatlands, wetlands, and soil to uptake and sequester carbon from the atmosphere.

Hydrogen as a more efficient and cleaner fuel is finally getting more publicity in America as it has in Europe for the past few years. The Bloomberg Green Report claims it is the hottest thing going in alternative energy and that investments worldwide will soon be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. And like the early days of solar energy, hydrogen power is attracting a lot of DIY hobbyists and entrepreneurs across the USA. However, there are big obstacles such as avoiding the production of “gray” hydrogen, which requires a lot of electricity, from energy sources that themselves are not green.

In the closing days of a US Congress that got very little done during the last year of the Trump term, both Democrats and Republicans came together to fund $35B on new green energy initiatives as well as limit the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants which are said to have 1,000 times the heat-trapping capacity of carbon. New legislation passed by both houses will now require the US to follow the 2016 Kigali Agreement to phase out use of HFC. The Trump administration had previously refused to ratify the agreement, despite197 other countries that were signatories.

Here’s wishing for a greener and more sustainable next decade that is our last chance to reverse the trajectory we are on before irreversible tipping points are crossed.

You Can Save The Planet

This whitepaper “You Can Save The Planet With Design and Engineering Simulation” is from Keith Hanna, Vice President of Marketing at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, who writes “Manufacturing processes today span everything from aerospace to automotive, energy generation to oil & gas, and electronics to shipbuilding. Yet, all these contribute to emissions and environmental pollution as well as intensive use of our world’s precious energy and water resources. With a burgeoning human population on planet Earth, limited natural resources, and endangered species … Continue reading

 

PLM and Climate Change

Summary & Goals

The goal of the PLM Green discussion forum and working group on Climate Change, led by Klaus Brettschneider, is to investigate and validate the use of PLM-enabling business strategies and software technologies that can reduce human-generated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We hope to clearly answer the question of what is the role, potential, and value of PLM in addressing the most important challenge facing humankind this century, climate change.

Theme Moderators

Klaus Brettschneider

greenplm.klaus@gmail.com

Richard McFall

rich@plmalliances.com

Focus & Objectives

Product Lifecycle Management strategies and systems allow organizations to manage a product’s lifecycle in all its aspects including structures, components, materials, suppliers, and ingredients. Managing the lifecycle from inception to disposal allows organizations today to optimize manufacturing processes, to document its material or ingrediencies composition and to make sure that products comply with local or international regulations.

We firmly believe that PLM can help organizations to understand and analyze the effect of its product design, methods of production, and supply chain choices on their carbon footprint. Accordingly, we seek to educate, collaborate, and advocate for the role of PLM business strategies, enabling technologies, software solutions, and professionals in addressing climate change due to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.

This includes how the application of PLM tools, processes, and best practices can help assess, reduce, mitigate, and adapt our industries, communities, and economies to the rapidly-intensifying effects of climate change. As example, candidate topics from which we hope to research and document the use of PLM-enabling technologies include:

  • make products and processes more efficient, sustainable, and green
  • understand the impact on carbon footprint of design and production processes and changes to them
  • decarbonize entire industries and economies
  • find and develop new sources of renewable green energy
  • store and transmit alternative energy supplies
  • reduce or sequester human-made carbon emissions
  • capture naturally produced greenhouse and methane gasses
  • pioneer and deploy green manufacturing processes
  • design products and their lifecycles to be environmentally friendly
  • simulate and test global geoengineering technologies as solutions
  • recycle, reuse, or repurpose assets, materials, and natural resources
  • minimize or mitigate the damages to infrastructures from global warming
  • monitor a warming planet, changing weather patterns, and impact of climate change
  • enhance the resiliency and sustainability of industries, communities and economies

Agenda & Activities

We will be pursuing the objectives by an agenda composed of a number of elements including discussion groups, virtual roundtables, published articles, interviews, industry surveys, and cooperative events with other organizations. Follow our progress, or better yet join us, with an email to info@plmgreenalliance.com.

Announcements & Updates

International members of the PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) met recently to discuss the timely new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need.” The panel discussion was moderated by PGGA co-founder Jos Voskuil with participants Klaus Brettschneider, Lionel GrealouPatrick HillbergIlan Madjar, and Richard McFall. Listen to the discussion HERE.

Invitation to Participate & Collaborate

To participate in our PLM Green theme sub-group we invite you to first join the PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12304531/ then contact one of our moderators.

References & Resources

Here we have started creating a curated list of featured white papers, blog posts, presentations, case studies, webinars, and recorded interviews on the role of PLM-enabling technologies in addressing climate change. We invite you to send us examples you have come across in your own work, company, industry, or country to info@plmgreenalliance.com.

Carbon Capture From Climeworks and Accenture - Climeworks https://climeworks.com/ and Accenture http://www.accenture.com/ are collaborating to use new digital technologies to develop a carbon direct air capture and storage plant in Iceland. The carbon removed from the atmosphere will be sequestered underground where in two years it will turn to stone. This can certainly help as one component… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest June 2021 - Climate Change Digest good news question of the month: What European country announced a technology breakthrough in producing reduced-carbon iron? Read on to find the answer in this month’s Climate Change News Digest prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance. NOAA reported that in May the Mauna Loa… Continue Reading
The Role of PLM in Slowing Climate Change – Part 1 - This new series of posts by Klaus Brettschneider and Richard McFall, contributing members of the PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA), will explore how Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) can be used to slow climate change by reducing human-generated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and methane are the… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest May 2021 - Climate change good news question of the month: What country’s federal court was the latest to rule that their government has a responsibility to protect young people from harm and injury due to the climate crisis? Read on to find the answer in this month’s Climate Change News Digest prepared… Continue Reading
The Decarbonization Journey by KPMG - Decarbonizing the economy seems overwhelming, but the KPMG white paper "The Decarbonization Journey" is a valuable resource for companies seeking to assess how to get started in the near term and developing their own long-term strategies. The contributing author Michael Hayes, KPMG's Global Climate Change and Decarbonization Leader, writes: "Creating… Continue Reading
Six Ways to Monitor Environmental Footprint from XLM Solutions - In this post the author and PLM Green Global Alliance contributor Ilan Madjar from XLM Solutions writes: "Today, the topic of climate change and environmental awareness is at the forefront of society’s thoughts and actions as well as affecting governmental policies. Every day there is growing awareness of the problems… Continue Reading
Net Zero by 2050 from IEA - The International Energy Agency has published a new report "Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector." The authors write in their introduction that "The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges by governments to… Continue Reading
Digital Sustainability: The Path to Net Zero from Autodesk - The whitepaper "Digital Sustainability: The Path to Net Zero for Design & Manufacturing and Architectural Engineering & Construction Industries" explores the growing importance of sustainability goals for companies in AEC and MFG markets across Europe. Frost & Sullivan in partnership with Autodesk published this whitepaper with results of a quantitative… Continue Reading
How to Avoid A Climate Disaster Panel Discussion - International members of the PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) met recently to discuss the timely new book "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need" by Bill Gates. The panel discussion was moderated by Jos Voskuil with participants Klaus Brettschneider, Lionel Grealou, Patrick… Continue Reading
Climate Policy Guide for Business Leaders from Climate Voice - The Climate Voice initiative provides a wealth of resources for employees, students, and business leaders to help their institutions "go all in" as leaders in climate and sustainability policies. "This is an extraordinary moment of opportunity for climate policy — with rising levels of public concern powering major new policy… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest April 2021 - The latest Climate Change News Digest offers PLM Green Global Alliance followers a compendium of news and research about climate change from around the world during April 2021. With the recent virtual Climate Summit a remarkable sense of urgency continues to build from world leaders, businesses, industry associations, financial institutions,… Continue Reading
The Science of Climate Change Explained - In this comprehensive New York Times article on "The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof" the authors write "The science of climate change is more solid and widely agreed upon than you might think. But the scope of the topic, as well as rampant disinformation, can make it… Continue Reading
The Next Generation of Climate Innovation - In this important paper "The Next Generation of Climate Innovation" from Boston Consulting Group the authors begin with "Global momentum is building to achieve net zero in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—and to do so more quickly than previously envisioned. Getting there will require unprecedented levels of innovation. While a fast-rising… Continue Reading
Book Discussion on How to Avoid a Climate Disaster - The PLM Green Global Alliance invites members and followers to join us for a moderated panel discussion on the new book "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need" by Bill Gates. Mr. Gates, who admits he is an imperfect messenger, writes "It's… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest March 2021 - This latest Climate Change News Digest offers busy PLM Green Global Alliance followers in one source a compendium of news, research, and announcements about climate change from around the world. While some climate news may be equally distressing and motivating, there is increasingly more good news from recent months. A… Continue Reading
Circular Economy Crucial to Achieving Paris Climate Goals - From a World Circular Economy Forum + Climate press release: "The circular economy is crucial to achieving the Paris climate goals - If we are to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, the world needs to transition to a circular economy. A circular economy will reduce greenhouse gas… Continue Reading
Technologies and Policies to Decarbonize Global Industry - The comprehensive paper "Technologies and policies to decarbonize global industry: Review and assessment of mitigation drivers through 2070" is a recommended read and resource for members of the PLM Green Global Alliance. One of the most surprising findings from the paper was how a few industries like iron, steel and… Continue Reading
Climate Action Benchmark Report - "Climate Action 100+, the world’s largest investor engagement initiative on climate change, has released its first-ever benchmark evaluating the corporate ambition and action of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters and other companies with significant opportunity to drive the net zero transition. The Climate Action 100+ Net-Zero Company Benchmark offers… Continue Reading
Global CO2 Emissions from Aviation - This Our World In Data article on Climate Change and Flying reports that global aviation, before the pandemic, was responsible for only 2.5% of CO2 emissions. At first appearance that seems like a small number that may not justify all the investments in new technologies, or in reduction of travel,… Continue Reading
Digital Twin of the Earth - From the World Economic Forum post on "Scientists are developing a digital twin of the Earth to fight climate change" the author Simone Ulmer writes "To become climate neutral by 2050, the European Union launched two ambitious programmes: "Green Deal" and "Digital Strategy". As a key component of their successful… Continue Reading
Our World in Climate Data - The Our World in Data website provides research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems including climate change. An example are graphs of global CO2 emissions by region, country, source, GHG type, industry, and fuel source. Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest February 2021 - This month's Climate Change News Digest shared with followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance offers busy professionals a compendium of news, research, and announcements about climate change from around the world. Our featured image is the Keeling Curve that shows the steady rise in the level of CO2 in… Continue Reading
MethaneSAT to Monitor Methane Emissions - "MethaneSAT will locate and measure methane emissions from oil and gas operations almost anywhere on Earth, producing quantitative data that will enable both companies and countries to identify, manage, and reduce their methane emissions, slowing the rate at which our planet is warming." Methane is a far more dangerous as… Continue Reading
Low Carbon Circular Economy - This Think2030 paper on "A Low Carbon and Circular Economy" looks at the opportunities for the circular economy to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with three of its most carbon-intensive sectors: the built environment, mobility, and food, and makes recommendations for policies within the 2030 time horizon… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest January 2021 - This month's Climate Change News Digest shared with followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance has much news (both good and not so good), research, and announcements from around the world. The featured image this month is a graph of the average global temperature produced by the U.S. NOAA at… Continue Reading
McKinsey on Climate Change - McKinsey on Climate Change - From McKinsey & Company "This special downloadable collection brings together recent McKinsey research and perspectives on the climate risks the world must confront and actions to reduce emissions." Read more HERE. Continue Reading
How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change - Completing the Picture: How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change - From the Ellen MacArthur Foundation "Completing the Picture highlights the indispensable role that the circular economy plays in tackling the climate crisis. It aims to demonstrate how circular economy principles and strategies significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions." Read this… Continue Reading
Are virtual twins key to achieving world’s sustainability goals? - "Disruptive innovations are needed to deliver the UN Sustainability Goals by 2030. Virtual twin technology could enable the radical action needed by stakeholders. Pioneering study highlights potential for this technology to help address climate crisis." Learn more in this World Economic Forum article from the Davos Agenda. Continue Reading
PLM and Global Warming - In this blog post about PLM and Global Warming, Jos Voskuil writes "Climate change has always been there if we look at the history of our planet. We started to talk about Global Warming when scientist indicated that this time the climate change is caused by human intervention. As a… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest December 2020 - This month's Climate Change News Digest has much good news, research, and announcements to share from around the world. In a meeting of world leaders on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate accord, and one month after the US officially left it, President-elect Joe Biden restated his pledge for… Continue Reading

PLM Green Themes

Members of our new PLM Green Alliance group have begun collaborating to identify and select overarching PLM Green themes and sub-topics which we plan to research, share, discuss, and advocate. So far the following five themes have been recommended.

The role, contribution, and value of PLM-enabling technologies (e.g. PLM, PDM, CAE, CM, 3DP, CAD, DT, HPC, MBSE, AR/VR, PPM, MDO, MPS, etc.) in addressing:

Theme 1  –  PLM and Climate Change

Theme 2  –  PLM and Sustainability

Theme 3  –  PLM and Green Energy

Theme 4  –  PLM and Circular Economy

Theme 5  –  PLM and Industry 4.0

Help us to identify additional themes and select subtopics within each theme by leaving a comment below, sending a note to info@plmgreenalliance.com or joining our LinkedIn Group.

We seek volunteers to help contribute to and curate the collection of resources, and moderate discussions in each of these themes and their subtopics.

Join us to make a difference on what may very well be the most important and valuable contributions of our profession in a lifetime!

PLM Green Global Alliance is Launched

June 2020 (United States, Netherlands, Norway) – The launch of and participation in a new international collaboration, the PLM Green Global Alliance (“PGGA”), has been announced by Richard McFall from PLM Alliances, Jos Voskuil from TacIT, Oleg Shilovitsky from Beyond PLM, and Bjorn Fidjeland from plmPartner.

The coalition was founded with the mission to create a global connection and community between professionals who use, develop, market, or support Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enabling technologies and software solutions that have value in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change due to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions such that we create a more sustainable circular economy.

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