The latest Climate Change news digest, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance, summarizes the most substantial news from around the world during the month of November 2022 about the changing climate and progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This month’s good news question: what US state announced a ban on the use of fossil fuel plants to power crypto-mining operations? Read on to find out.
(April, 2022) The simulation provider ANSYS has announced availability of a new white paper on “The Race to Net Zero: Sustainable Aviation.”
The paper provides an introduction to the engineering challenges and different propulsion technologies — including hybrid electric, hydrogen, and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) — that can help make the aviation industry more green and sustainable.
“Human-induced climate change, including more frequent and intense extreme events, has caused widespread adverse impacts and related losses and damages to nature and people, beyond natural climate variability. Some development and adaptation efforts have reduced vulnerability. Across sectors and regions the most vulnerable people and systems are observed to be disproportionately affected. The rise in weather and climate extremes has led to some irreversible impacts as natural and human systems are pushed beyond their ability to adapt (high confidence).
Vulnerability of ecosystems and people to climate change differs substantially among and within regions (very high confidence), driven by patterns of intersecting socio-economic development, unsustainable ocean and land use, inequity, marginalization, historical and ongoing patterns of inequity such as colonialism, and governance (high confidence). Approximately 3.3 to 3.6 billion people live in contexts that are highly vulnerable to climate change (high confidence). A high proportion of species is vulnerable to climate change (high confidence). Human and ecosystem vulnerability are interdependent (high confidence). Current unsustainable development patterns are increasing exposure of ecosystems and people to climate hazards (high confidence).
Global warming, reaching 1.5°C in the near-term, would cause unavoidable increases in multiple climate hazards and present multiple risks to ecosystems and humans (very high confidence). The level of risk will depend on concurrent near-term trends in vulnerability, exposure, level of socioeconomic development and adaptation (high confidence). Near-term actions that limit global warming to close to 1.5°C would substantially reduce projected losses and damages related to climate change in human systems and ecosystems, compared to higher warming levels, but cannot eliminate them all (very high confidence).
Beyond 2040 and depending on the level of global warming, climate change will lead to numerous risks to natural and human systems (high confidence). For 127 identified key risks, assessed mid- and long- term impacts are up to multiple times higher than currently observed (high confidence). The magnitude and rate of climate change and associated risks depend strongly on near-term mitigation and adaptation actions, and projected adverse impacts and related losses and damages escalate with every increment of global warming (very high confidence).
Climate change impacts and risks are becoming increasingly complex and more difficult to manage. Multiple climate hazards will occur simultaneously, and multiple climatic and non-climatic risks will interact, resulting in compounding overall risk and risks cascading across sectors and regions. Some responses to climate change result in new impacts and risks (high confidence).
If global warming transiently exceeds 1.5°C in the coming decades or later (overshoot), then many human and natural systems will face additional severe risks, compared to remaining below 1.5°C (high confidence). Depending on the magnitude and duration of overshoot, some impacts will cause release of additional greenhouse gases (medium confidence) and some will be irreversible, even if global warming is reduced (high confidence).”
The full report may be downloaded from the IPCC website HERE.
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 Hillberg, Ilan Madjar, and Richard McFall.
Mr. Gates, who admits he is an imperfect messenger, wrote what many of us often feel: “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.” He closed his book with the comment that he hoped it sparked conversations.
We at PGGA believe this call to action is especially relevant for professionals in our industry who use, develop, support, teach, market, research, or write about Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enabling strategies and supporting technologies that can contribute to a sustainable lower-carbon circular economy.
Listen to what panelists thought about the decarbonization challenges and technologies that Mr. Gates proposes as priorities, including both pro and con comments from the perspectives of representatives from five different nationalities. The recording may be accessed on YouTube HERE.
The PLM consulting firm CIMdata writes in their commentary PLM is Green: “The Critical Role of PLM – In complying with the increasing number and complexity of green regulations and requirements, too much is at stake to rely on manual operations and analyses performed late in development. For a growing number of companies, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enabling technologies and processes are becoming indispensable in optimizing a product’s greenness.” Read more HERE.
Responsible Value Chains Help Reach Sustainability– “This CIMdata commentary highlights the global need for drastic improvements in sustainability. Accenture, a leading global system integrator, has expansive goals for their own sustainability efforts and is transforming its Industry X practice to help their customers make equally impressive gains.” Learn more HERE.
“Rebooting PLM for a Circular Economy – Product lifecycle management needs a reboot. Growing concerns about sustainability, combined with recent technology advances, have driven the need to redefine product lifecycle management (PLM).” Read more in this Forbes Council Post from Jeff Kavanaugh.
In this article on the Circular Economy and PLM from Technia the author writes “At Technia we are looking into developing the PLM tools that will enable companies to switch to a fully circular approach…PLM systems should serve as a major help for companies looking to switch to a circular (economy) model.” Read more HERE.
The PLM Green Alliance Resources page serves as a newsletter by offering a comprehensive collection of useful references on the contributions of PLM-enabling technologies and software solutions to Renewable Energy, Green Products, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Climate Change, Decarbonization, Industry 4.0, and much more.
The references we are now collecting and reviewing include: white papers, articles, journal publications, blog posts, webinars, interviews, newsletters, presentations, recorded videos, conferences, and profiles of consulting service and software providers working in this space.
Send us your suggestions to be included, along with a link to the original source so we may reference it, to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the submissions below you can find other resources referenced in the news feed of our PLM Green LinkedIn Group which we invite you to join now.
Discussing Sustainability with PTC-The following post was first written by PLM Green co-founder Jos Voskuil where it appeared in his European PLM Weblog in December 2022. We are excited to close the year with the first round of the PLM Global Green Alliance (PGGA) series of interviews and panel discussions about PLM and… Continue Reading
Climate Change Chronicles December 2022-This month's Climate Change Chronicles from the PLM Green Global Alliance provides a quick-to-scan summary of news from around the world during December 2022 about the changing climate and its impact on people and the planet. Our good news question of the month: what laboratory announced a breakthrough in nuclear… Continue Reading
PLM and Sustainability December 2022-Welcome to the latest edition of PLM & Sustainability, a news digest from the PLM Green Global Alliance exploring the role of Product Lifecycle Management business strategies and enabling technologies in transitioning to a sustainable, low-carbon, circular economy. In this issue you will find: Looking Back at the Year 2022 PLM Green… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest November 2022-The latest Climate Change news digest, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance, summarizes the most substantial news from around the world during the month of November 2022 about the changing climate and progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This month's good news question: what US state announced… Continue Reading
PLM & Sustainability Oct. 2022-Welcome to the latest edition of PLM & Sustainability, a news digest from the PLM Green Global Alliance chronicling the role of Product Lifecycle Management enabling technologies in helping companies and industries transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon circular economy. In this newsletter you will find a compilation of recent… Continue Reading
Siemens Engineer Innovation for a Sustainable World-(May, 2022) PLM solution provider Siemens Digital Industries Software announces a new edition of Engineer Innovation focused exclusively on sustainability with the publication of "Engineer Innovation for a Sustainable World." The authors write: "Our civilization is quite literally built on oil, coal, and gas. Since the Industrial Revolution humans have… Continue Reading
Sustainability Focused PLM From DeSL-In this new white paper on the role of PLM in creating a more sustainable retail and apparel industry, the digital transformation Fashion PLM experts at DeSL write that sustainability is no loner an option because: "The bitter truth about the fashion industry is that it is one of world’s… Continue Reading
Decarbonizing the Atmosphere Opportunities and Cautions-“Decarbonizing the Atmosphere: Opportunities and Cautions” is a comprehensive article written for engineering professionals in the Spring 2022 issue of The Bent magazine from the Tau Beta Pi engineering professional society. The article summarizes the massive scope of the technical challenge to stop emitting new greenhouse gasses, like C02 and… Continue Reading
IPCC 6th Report Climate Change 2022-The IPCC has released the second part of the Sixth Assessment Report, "Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" during the 12th Session of Working Group II and 55th Session of the IPCC. A summary of important policy statements extracted from the report include the following: "Human-induced climate change, including more frequent… Continue Reading
The Balancing Act of Sustainability from Digital Engineering-The January / February 2022 issue of Digital Engineering is a theme issue focused on the contributions of digital engineering technologies, like PLM and CAE, to addressing sustainability and climate change. In the article "The Balancing Act of Sustainability" the author Tom Kevan writes about the role of PLM in… Continue Reading
Digital Technologies and the Environment from Diplo-A discussion on "Digital Technologies and the Environment: A Synergy for the Future" was held on February 17, 2022 that was promoted by the NGO event organizer Diplo, as: "Digital technologies can amplify efforts to mitigate climate change and, as such, are becoming part of environmental and digital policies on… Continue Reading
Did Engineers Cause the Climate Crisis?-In this provocative article from Digital Engineering "Engineers Caused the Climate Emergency - Only We Can Save the World From It" the author Stephen Ferguson writes: "If we are going to avoid, or even mitigate, the devastating effects of anthropological climate change, then, in the next twenty to thirty years,… Continue Reading
PLM Plays Part Tracking Carbon Footprint in DE-In this Digital Engineering commentary, PLM Green Global Alliance contributor and climate change theme moderator Klaus Brettschneider examines the role of PLM in tracking the carbon footprint of products and processes. Download and read the full article HERE. Continue Reading
The Intersection of PLM and Sustainability-First, A Few Misconceptions about PLM and Sustainability After writing my recent post The Road to Model-Based and Connected PLM, the topic that emerged to interest me the most is the contribution that “Real Product Lifecycle Management” can have to global sustainability. But first, allow me to address two widely… Continue Reading
Achieving Sustainable Manufacturing Through PLM and CLM-Sustainability in manufacturing is a hot topic. Customers, shareholders and regulatory agencies are increasingly demanding manufacturing companies provide sustainable, carbon-neutral options for the products they design, manufacture, sell, and service. For many of these companies, most of the tools they need to do this are already available in their enterprise… Continue Reading
Science Based Targets Initiative-The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction. Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly-defined path to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goals. The PLM Green Global Alliance recommends the SBTi website at… Continue Reading
IPCC 6th Assessment Report-The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for reducing the rate at which climate change is taking place. In the IPCC 6th Assessment on Climate Change, "the… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest July 2021-Climate Change Digest good news question of the month: Along what country's coast is the world's largest tidal energy turbine being installed? Read on to find the answer in the latest Climate Change News Digest prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance. The previous month of June 2021… 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 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
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
An Approach to Sustainable Product Lifecycle Management (Green PLM)-The paper "An Approach to Sustainable Product Lifecycle Management (Green PLM)" is one of the earliest references to the concept of Green PLM. The paper was first presented at the 2015 Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference (MESIC) and subsequently published in the journal Procedia Engineering. The authors C. Vila, J.V.… 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
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
The Circular Economy Can Help Save The Planet-From a recent World Economic Forum article "The circular economy can help save the planet if we start innovating now – Transitioning to a holistic circular economic model is critical to reducing environmental degradation and prioritizing biodiversity and nature, while also delivering on future competitiveness. In a circular economy, waste is… 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
European Green Digital Coalition Launched-Members of the new European Green Digital Coalition (EGDC) are committing to establish science-based targets for reducing GHG by 2030 and to become climate neutral or net-zero no later than 2040. Announced by the European Commission: "The CEOs of 26 European companies have signed a Declaration to support the Green… 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
Resourcing the Energy Transition-PLM Green Alliance moderator Bjorn Fidjeland recommends reading the KPMG report on "Resourcing the energy transition: making the world go round" which explores the transition to renewable energy, a growing dependence on natural resources other than oil, and the crucial link to the circular economy. From the KPMG website "A… 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
PLM and Product Design for a Circular Economy from Infosys-In this whitepaper on "PLM and Product Design for a Circular Economy" from Infosys the authors write: "In order to achieve the building blocks of a circular economy, there are two broad initiatives that equipment suppliers should adopt for product development in its evolution to match industry needs. Product Lifecycle… Continue Reading
Exploring the Intersection of PLM and Industry 4.0-In this insightful Engineering.com article by Lionel Grealou on Exploring the Intersection of PLM and Industry 4.0 "It is often said that product lifecycle management (PLM) is an enabler to Industry 4.0. Enabled digital platforms include PLM, ERP, MES and many other processes, tools and technologies leveraging the Industrial Internet… 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
CIMdata PLM is Green-The PLM consulting firm CIMdata writes in their commentary PLM is Green: "The Critical Role of PLM - In complying with the increasing number and complexity of green regulations and requirements, too much is at stake to rely on manual operations and analyses performed late in development. For a growing… Continue Reading
From Linear to Circular-From Linear to Circular is one of Ellen MacArthur Foundations' flagship learning programmes aimed at postgraduate students and professionals at the start of their circular economy career. It is a fantastic opportunity if you want to bring greater purpose to your work or research and want to become a circular… 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
Responsible Value Chains Help Reach Sustainability-Responsible Value Chains Help Reach Sustainability - "This CIMdata commentary highlights the global need for drastic improvements in sustainability. Accenture, a leading global system integrator, has expansive goals for their own sustainability efforts and is transforming its Industry X practice to help their customers make equally impressive gains." Learn more… 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
Rebooting PLM for a Circular Economy-"Rebooting PLM for a Circular Economy - Product lifecycle management needs a reboot. Growing concerns about sustainability, combined with recent technology advances, have driven the need to redefine product lifecycle management (PLM)." Read more in this Forbes Council Post from Jeff Kavanaugh. Continue Reading
Redefining PLM in a Circular Economy from Tata-In this whitepaper on "Redefining Product Lifecycle Management in a Circular Economy" from Tata Consultancy Services the authors write that "Companies can move to a circular economy by implementing the 5R approach (reduce, reuse, repurpose, remanufacture, and recycle). This shift will drive sustained growth, and impact how Product Lifecycle Management… Continue Reading
Circular Economy and PLM from Technia-In this article on the Circular Economy and PLM from Technia the author writes "At Technia we are looking into developing the PLM tools that will enable companies to switch to a fully circular approach...PLM systems should serve as a major help for companies looking to switch to a circular… 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
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
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
European Climate Pact Announcement-CliThe European Commission has announced the European Climate Pact which is an EU-wide initiative that invites people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe. Visit their multi-language website HERE. Continue Reading
Sustainable Development Goals-The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a number of objectives that address climate change which also indicate where the application of PLM-enabling technologies may be most valuable. 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… Continue Reading
PLM Green Discussion on Exponential Roadmap-On Friday, December 4, the PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) will host a live moderated discussion among its group members and guests on the report "Exponential Roadmap: Scaling 36 Solutions to Halve Emissions by 2030." The report is produced by the Exponential Roadmap international coalition at https://exponentialroadmap.org. It can be… Continue Reading