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 survey of 600 organizations and summaries of in-depth qualitative interviews.

The whitepaper points out how important it is to consider the carbon footprint already “baked in” during the development and design phase of products to facilitate a successful carbon reduction and a circular economy once it is actually produced. In several examples it describes how system thinking, connecting the dots, and looking at products and processes holistically will help reach new levels of sustainability. It addresses Product Lifecycle Management approaches like the usage of BIM or the realization of digital twins to support transparency across the supply chain. Other examples are focused on the usage of new technologies like robotics and 3D to achieve sustainability goals.

The survey results document that the importance of sustainability goals has increased at the C-level and that they are becoming more relevant company strategies Several reasons for this development are discussed as well as the regional nuances in different geo markets. The survey emphasizes the shift of focus from Scope 1 and 2 emission reporting to the reduction on Scope 3 emission that includes the supply chain challenge. The lack of trustworthy data, IT systems to collect and manage them, and the tracing transparency like Product Passports or track-and-trace solutions are only few of the analyzed issues.

Read more by downloading the paper from Autodesk HERE.

Design for Sustainability from MSC

Hexagon MSC Software addresses the use of CAE software in the Design for Sustainability – “Manufacturing processes today span everything from aerospace to automotive, chemical processing to oil & gas, and electronics to shipbuilding. Yet, all these contribute to CO2 emissions and environmental pollution as well as intensive use of our world’s precious materials, water and energy natural resources.”

“CAE today is proven to reduce waste at the conceptual design stage; reducing physical prototyping, minimizing acoustic pollution, delivering right-first-time customized and lightweight solutions, ensuring energy efficient buildings, optimizing materials usage and fueling the renewables revolution. CAE delivers manufacturing cost savings, productivity improvements, and ultimately quality products designed with the intent to meet all environmental challenges today from your conceptual idea to your product’s full lifecycle in the circular economy. At Hexagon | MSC Software we help companies accelerate green technologies and deliver renewable solutions to drive the shift toward a sustainable future.” Learn more at https://www.mscsoftware.com/sustainability.

Hydrogen Powered Regional Aircraft from ZeroAvia

“Propelling their mission towards delivering airlines zero-carbon, hydrogen-fueled flight, ZeroAvia is launching the development program for a 2MW hydrogen-electric powertrain for full-size regional aircraft. The program kick-off is supported by a new raise of $24.3 million, led by Horizons Ventures, joined by a new investor British Airways. Existing investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ecosystem Integrity Fund, Summa Equity, Shell Ventures, and SYSTEMIQ also participated in the financing.”

Image from ZeroAvia at https://www.zeroavia.com/

“This new round accelerates the larger hydrogen-electric engine development for the 50+ seat aircraft and supports additional commercial airlines initiatives to adopt hydrogen in aviation. Today’s announcement brings the company’s total private investment to over $53 million and the total funding raised since inception to nearly $74 million.”

Learn more about the use of hydrogen to power aircraft and reduce CO2 emissions at https://www.zeroavia.com/press-release-series-a4-funding.

European Green Hydrogen Infrastructure

PLM Green Moderator Bjorn Fidjeland shares good news about a consortium to develop a green energy hydrogen infrastructure in this European news release about: “The seven companies in the GET H2 initiative are working to facilitate green hydrogen in refineries, steel production and other industrial uses, which could reduce 16m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030.

The project would convert existing gas pipelines to transport hydrogen, connecting the German sites of Lingen in Emsland, Gelsenkirchen and Salzgitter near the Dutch border in stages between 2024 and 2030.

Partners alongside Evonik include BP, German gas suppliers OGE, Nowega, and Thyssengas, multinational electricity firm RWE, German steel subsidiary Salzgitter Flachstahl.”

Read more about this substantial green energy project at  https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2021/03/09/10615286/germany-s-evonik-in-consortium-to-create-pan-european-green-hydrogen-infrastructure .

Virtual Twins and Sustainability

A report from Dassault Systemes and Accenture on the role of virtual twins in accelerating sustainability advocates the transformation of industry that will be needed to achieve sustainability goals by 2030 by developing new ways of managing products and services over their entire lifecycle using virtual digital twins.

The paper examines the “opportunities and the use cases where virtual twins can, or already are, modeling entire value chains as virtual experiences, demonstrating how the technology can unlock combined additional benefits of USD $1.3 Trillion of economic value and 7.5 Gt CO2e emissions reductions between now and 2030.” Read more at https://www.3ds.com/sustainability/sustainability-insights/designing-disruption.

A New Green Widebody Aircraft Concept

According to Our World in Data, before the pandemic global aviation was responsible for about 2.5% of all CO2 emissions, or nearly 1 billion tonnes per year. This green news from Simply Flying, the world’s largest aviation news website, profiles “A new concept widebody aircraft has been unveiled by an Alabama startup. SE Aeronautics (the SE standing for Super Efficient) have reworked the entire concept of an airliner, and revealed an innovative tri-wing aircraft that they say will have an 80% lower carbon footprint than similar traditional planes.” Read more about this three-wing two-engine monocogue composite design at https://simpleflying.com/next-generation-widebody-low-emissions/amp/. (Photo image credit from SE Aeronautics.)

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 implementation, climate scientists and computer scientists launched the “Destination Earth” initiative, which will start in mid-​2021 and is expected to run for up to ten years. During this period, a highly accurate digital model of the Earth is to be created, a digital twin of the Earth, to map climate development and extreme events as accurately as possible in space and time.” Read the complete article HERE.

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 a greenhouse gas than carbon. Read more about this non-profit collaboration at https://www.methanesat.org/about/.

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 Green Examples

A priority mission of the PLM Green Global Alliance is to create a curated compendium of PLM Green resources, examples and case studies from around the world illustrating the use of PLM-enabling strategies, technologies and software solutions to address the causes and consequences of climate change, due to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, which can contribute to a more sustainable low-carbon circular economy.

Within our first PLM Green Theme on the intersection of PLM and Climate Change, the example application areas will include but are not limited to the following subtopics:

  • 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-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
  • support and accelerate the transformation to a circular economy
  • minimize and mitigate the damage to infrastructures by global warming
  • monitor a warming planet, changing weather patterns, and impact of climate change on ecosystems
  • enhance the robustness, resiliency and sustainability of industries, communities and economies

In addition to the below examples, visit our PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group where we have begun to share and discuss example applications. We invite you to join the group then post examples you come across in your job, education, company, industry, or country. Visit our PLM Green Resources page to view general references that are not examples.

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 survey of 600 organizations and summaries of in-depth qualitative interviews.… Continue Reading
Design for Sustainability from MSC - Hexagon MSC Software addresses the use of CAE software in the Design for Sustainability - "Manufacturing processes today span everything from aerospace to automotive, chemical processing to oil & gas, and electronics to shipbuilding. Yet, all these contribute to CO2 emissions and environmental pollution as well as intensive use of our world’s precious materials, water and energy natural resources." "CAE… Continue Reading
Hydrogen Powered Regional Aircraft from ZeroAvia - "Propelling their mission towards delivering airlines zero-carbon, hydrogen-fueled flight, ZeroAvia is launching the development program for a 2MW hydrogen-electric powertrain for full-size regional aircraft. The program kick-off is supported by a new raise of $24.3 million, led by Horizons Ventures, joined by a new investor British Airways. Existing investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ecosystem Integrity Fund, Summa Equity, Shell Ventures, and SYSTEMIQ also participated in the financing." "This… Continue Reading
European Green Hydrogen Infrastructure - PLM Green Moderator Bjorn Fidjeland shares good news about a consortium to develop a green energy hydrogen infrastructure in this European news release about: "The seven companies in the GET H2 initiative are working to facilitate green hydrogen in refineries, steel production and other industrial uses, which could reduce 16m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030. The project… Continue Reading
Virtual Twins and Sustainability - A report from Dassault Systemes and Accenture on the role of virtual twins in accelerating sustainability advocates the transformation of industry that will be needed to achieve sustainability goals by 2030 by developing new ways of managing products and services over their entire lifecycle using virtual digital twins. The paper examines the "opportunities and the use cases where virtual twins can,… Continue Reading
A New Green Widebody Aircraft Concept - According to Our World in Data, before the pandemic global aviation was responsible for about 2.5% of all CO2 emissions, or nearly 1 billion tonnes per year. This green news from Simply Flying, the world's largest aviation news website, profiles "A new concept widebody aircraft has been unveiled by an Alabama startup. SE Aeronautics (the SE standing for Super Efficient)… 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 implementation, climate scientists and computer scientists launched the "Destination Earth"… 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 a greenhouse gas than carbon. Read more about this non-profit… Continue Reading
Digital Twins for Hydroelectric Power from Akselos - This green energy case study from Akselos profiles the use of Digital Twin modeling and CAE simulation in hydroelectric power generation that uses pumped storage where a reservoir is filled with water at times of excess power availability. Read more details HERE. Continue Reading
Riversimple and Siemens Collaborate on Hydrogen Vehicle Production - Riversimple and Siemens have begun collaborating towards sustainability and circular economy in the auto industry by preparing for the manufacture of Riversimple’s new hydrogen powered electric vehicle, the Rasa.  Read more HERE. Continue Reading
Minesto and TECHNIA Collaborate to Develop Renewable Energy - This green energy example from the PLM solution provider TECHNIA illustrates the application of PLM technologies, like those available from their partner Dassault Systemes, to develop renewable energy from ocean and tidal currents. Read more HERE. Continue Reading
Cummins Planet 2050 - This Digital Engineering article describes the Cummins PLANET 2050 sustainability initiative to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while reducing consumption of natural resources. Continue Reading
How Can PLM Make Sustainable Fashion Attainable from WhichPLM - In this blog post on "How Can PLM Make Sustainable Fashion Attainable" from WhichPLM the authors write "Long-term sustainability can create a stable environment for the employees and the business itself while preserving the planet and causing the least damage possible...This is where PLM comes into play." Read more HERE. Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
PLM Green Examples - A compendium of case study examples illustrating the use of PLM-enabling technologies that address the causes and consequences of climate change Continue Reading