PLM Green Global Alliance

What is the PLM Green Global Alliance?

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

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

We are highly focused on PLM. We are Green due to our environmental concern for the planet to sustain both healthy industries and future generations, and not because of politics or party affiliation. We are Global because addressing sustainability and climate change requires international cooperation. And finally we are an informal Alliance to build community and communication between participants who share common interests.

What is our motivation?

We are excited by the professional opportunities and motivated by the technical challenges to create a sustainable circular economy and low-carbon future for all industries, communities, nations, and 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 the rise of GHG emissions that will enable a net-zero global economy by 2050. After that, with unabated global warming, a series of irreversible tipping points on the planet may be breached which current practices and technologies cannot save us from experiencing.

This decade, this year, now and not some point in the future, is the time to take action in big and small ways alike. As illustrated on this website, the PLM 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 informal non-commercial international group and as such there is no process or cost to participate. Our only requirement is that you have a sincere professional, educational, or personal interest in the intersection of PLM and one of our theme topics. These themes currently include: Climate Change, Sustainability, Green Energy, Circular Economy and Industry 4.0. If you do have interest and want to contribute, we invite you join our recently formed PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group where we now have over 300 members from around the world.

Just a note that this group is not a forum which will study or debate the environmental sciences of carbon emissions, global warming, or climate change. Nor are we a political or lobbying organization. These functions are already covered by many respectable science-based and public-policy global organizations. Their climate experts have concluded that human-generated climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions is happening now; the effects are already becoming severe and may become irreversible as well as devastating if current trends are not arrested.

What PLM technologies are relevant?

Members of our informal alliance are invited to share and collaborate across a global community of professionals working with PLM that can help transform our economies to be more energy efficient, carbon neutral, and sustainable. We affirm that PLM is not a single technology nor software product, but a business strategy that is enabled by many different technologies, supporting software solutions, and expert subject matter consultancies.

These technologies include but are not limited to: Product Data Management (PDM), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), 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), 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).

While there are dozens more, all together these segments comprise a dynamic global PLM ecosystem that attracts over $50B annually in investments. For descriptions and additional information about these underlying technologies visit the PLM Atlas website.

What are example applications?

In the PLM Green Global Alliance we invite working professionals, users, researchers, teachers, students, developers, marketers, and followers 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
  • predict, monitor and track carbon footprints of products and processes
  • 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 and communities

To support the above we have identified 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, our first full year, we will be researching, collecting, and discussing examples of the above applications along with sharing thought leadership blogs, white papers, success stories, and other useful resources submitted to us from around the globe. Look for these on PLM Green Examples and PLM Green Resources website pages. Send us your examples with a link to reference and credit to info@plmgreenalliance.org.

Participate in our discussion by joining the recnetly-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