PLM and Circular Economy

Executive Summary & Goals

The idea of the Circular Economy (CE) is straight forward: to keep products and their component materials in use for a longer period of time before they are discarded or put into the trash where the value is lost forever.

However, the process of creating an inherently more sustainable circular economy from the current linear economy now practiced is not as simple. It will take transformational thinking and disruptive changes to how manufactures approach product development. This starts with reimagining what the delivered “product” actually is; as example, a recurring service instead of one-off sold good.

The transition to a CE will motivate industries of all types to design and manufacture their products in more mindful and thus more sustainable ways, reducing extraction of the planet’s finite resources with less environmental impact. This transformation will create many new business models, investments, technologies, and professional opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in which PLM Green contributors like CIMPA PLM Services are excited to participate.

Historically, PLM strategies and implementations typically focused on improving multidisciplinary digital collaboration across the enterprise and value chain from the ideation stage of a product concept through its engineering design, virtual prototyping, production, maintenance, and finally end of life. PLM-enabling software solutions have already proven they can power this strategy across individual departments and global-spanning business units.

Now is the time to apply the capabilities of PLM to address the requirements of sustainability across the world, including that of the Circular Economy.

A Circular Economy can best be achieved by applying business strategies that employ and extend PLM technologies which enable the reuse, life-extension, repurposing, and remanufacturing of products and component materials back into a repeating regenerative cycle, minimizing waste and value erosion at each stage.

With that background, the PLM Green Global Alliance theme on the Circular Economy aims to gather knowledge, share examples, perform research, and discuss insights on the role and value of PLM strategies and solutions in supporting the Circular Economy.

In doing so, our aspirational goal is to help reverse the following disturbing statistics cited by the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation:

  • 80% of all European consumer products end up in landfills after one use cycle.
  • 30% of all produced clothes are never sold, and another 30% leave the store with a discount.
  • Packaging accounts for 40% of all plastics used globally. Since most packaging is only used once, an estimated 100 billion dollars is lost to the economy yearly.
  • 10-15% of all material becomes waste during the construction of a new building.
  • 30% of all food is wasted throughout its value chain.

PLM and the Circular Economy Theme Moderator(s)

Patrice Quencez
Director Consultant at CIMPA PLM Services

 

Email: Patrice.quencez@cimpa.com

 


Focus & Objectives

Our near term focus will be on how best to take advantage of “PLM Levers” for supporting the Circular Economy, and defining what new advancements in capabilities,  implementations, and user applications will be needed.

The Circular Economy encompasses business models and objectives that seek to:

  • Maximize the duration of the use time and maximize the availability of products/services with the lowest consumption of resources, parts, and materials (maintenance, repair).
  • Development, increasing services (and/or businesses) to follow-up, support, and take charge of products all over their lifecycle (development to services).
  • Ensure their adaptation to the use cases and market expectations in the time (upgrade, retrofits).
  • Ensure reuse of the products and/or their component in other contexts (reconditioning, re-manufacturing).
  • After their use, ensure their recycling minimizes impacts or returns natural materials and/or energy to the environment (recycling, cradle-to-cradle development).
  • Ensure the same capabilities for the processes and means involved in developing, producing, distributing, and supporting these products.
  • Reduce waste in production, manufacturing, and logistics, reduce reworks, and ensure “right in the first time.”
  • Manage and monitor the business with adapted performance KPIs linked with sustainability and objectives defined over long periods.

PLM’s digital capabilities are essential to enable these Circular Economy business objectives and, more specifically, as examples:

  • The support and sharing of all data about definitions and performances of products, services and industrial systems all over their lifecycles with the memory, traceability of their evolutions retained.
  • The support of robustness engineering capabilities such as management of products, processes and manufacturing Failure Mode & Effect Analysis, management of key. characteristics, calculation, and simulation of Mean Time Between Features.
  • Modeling and simulation of CE requirements and solutions in product, services and industrial systems.
  • Drive of the maturity/lifecycle collaborative management process.
  • The connection and integration of data about systems of systems, products, and services to support the development of the services businesses.
  • Management of all data and provide traceability needed to meet regulation requirements.

Based on the above observations, we can distinguish different levers of actions to be used by the PLM solution providers, consulting professionals, and their industrial customers:

  • Define the performances and requirements and set-up management/steering processes to meet sustainability objectives.
  • Rethinking, move the business models to the new market paradigm of a sustainable world.
  • Adapt and transform developments and operations value chains to deliver these new business models.
  • Accelerate ramp-up and maturity of PLM digital platforms’ capabilities as a critical enabler of the business processes transformation.

We believe the primary mechanism for the development and acceleration of the CE value chain lies within the PLM system digital architecture. This includes the adoption and integration of new technologies – like AI/ML, virtual prototyping, digital twins, and even gaming – to meet the sustainability challenges humanity now faces.


Agenda & Activities

We propose in our PLM & Circular Economy theme working group to exchange experiences, thought leadership, and most importantly, professional support and encouragement to amplify and accelerate our voices and actions.  As in the other PLM Green themes, we will do so by educating, advocating, and collaborating across the boundaries of technical disciplines, different industries, and international borders.

We will pursue these objectives using a plan composed of several elements that could include: points of view commentaries, use cases, topical discussion groups, virtual round-tables, articles and blog posts, book and paper reviews, recorded interviews, industry surveys, conference presentations, and participation as guest speakers in webinars hosted by others.

No one association, business, or NGO, regardless of how large or small, can produce all the advancements and innovations for sustainability that are needed. Thus communicating, cooperating, and collaborating (not competing) with other aligned professionals, companies, organizations and alliances will be needed which we enthusiastically look forward to.


Invitation to Participate & Collaborate

To participate in our PLM and Circular Economy group, we invite you to first, if you have not yet done so, to join the PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12304531/, then contact our moderator Patrice Quencez @ CIMPA to share your special interest and expertise.


Announcements & Updates

Check back soon to this website page as we announce activities for 2024, or register HERE to receive our news, updates, and announcements of events.

To follow our progress, or better yet join PLM Green in making a difference, send an email to info@plmgreenalliance.com.


References & Resources

Here below, we have begin to share a curated list of featured case studies, white papers, blog posts, presentations, webinars, and recorded interviews on the role of PLM-enabling technologies in manifesting a circular economy.

We invite you to send us resources and examples for inclusion you have come across in your work, company, industry, or country to info@plmgreenalliance.com.


Circular Economy of Large Complex Systems from CIMPA - In this article from Patrice Quencez, Director Consultant of CIMPA PLM Services and PLM Green Circular Economy (CE) contributor, discusses the deployment, completion, and reinforcement of PLM capabilities to meet sustainability stakes of complex systems with long lifecycles, such as those found in aviation and aerospace. Patrice writes: "Even if… Continue Reading
PLM Green Expands Circular Economy Coverage - The PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) is excited to announce that Patrice Quencez, Director Consultant and Deputy Director of CIMPA PLM Services, has volunteered to lead our coverage of the role of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) strategies, technologies, and solutions in creating a new global Circular Economy. The concept of the… Continue Reading
How PLM sustains Sustainability and Circular Economy - PLM & Sustainability with Circular Economy: How PLM sustains Sustainability & Circular Economy This article published as a LinkedIn Newsletter by PLM Green Circular Economy moderator Patrice Quencez from CIMPA PLM Services introduces a reading grid using a systemic approach to scope PLM levers to tackle Sustainability-Circular Economy and frame… Continue Reading
Aras Publishes Circular Economy White Paper - The PLM solution provider Aras has announced availability of the white paper "The Circular Economy as a Model for the Future." The paper authors write "Awareness of sustainability is growing. Today’s consumers are often making an extra effort to purchase products whose suppliers produce them in an environmentally friendly way,… Continue Reading
Discussing Sustainability with PLM Solution Provider SAP - The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its first in a series of panel discussions and interviews that will explore sustainability topics with enterprise PLM solution providers. These forums will extend our recent article on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability where we next hope to learn about examples of… 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
PLM for Sustainable Manufacturing - PLM and Sustainable Manufacturing - PLM Green Alliance theme moderator Lionel Grealou introduces the connection between PLM and Sustainable Manufacturing in his recent blog post. 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
Will the Circular Economy Save the Planet? - What is the "Circular Economy" and what is its role in the production of durable consumer products? Read more in this timely article on "What is the Circular Economy" from Sierra Magazine. . Continue Reading

PLM and Sustainability

Summary & Goals

The goal of the PLM Green Global Alliance discussion forum and working group on the intersection of PLM and Sustainability, led by Jos Voskuil and Mark Reisig, is to promote activities that positively contribute to the seventeen United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. In particular, we will focus on those topics where PLM-enabling technologies have a role to make a difference; relevant for the SDGs 7-8-9-11 and 12.

The general subject of Sustainability is a very wide and diverse topic that is globally covered by many organizations. Our alliance will focus on the application and value of PLM-related strategies, technologies, software solutions and consulting services to contribute to a more Sustainable future. This is a subject matter that no other professional PLM organization have taken up as a priority, though more industrial users and solution providers are increasingly interested.

Theme Moderators

Jos Voskuil, PLM Coach, Consultant, and Blogger at www.virtualdutchman.com

tacit@planet.nl

Mark Reisig, Sustainability and Green Energy Practice Director and Executive Consultant for  CIMdata at www.cimdata.com

m.reisig@cimdata.com

Focus & Objectives

The goals and challenges of Product Lifecycle Management and Sustainability share much in common and should be considered synergistic. Where in theory, PLM is the strategy to manage a product along its whole lifecycle, Sustainability is concerned not only with the product’s lifecycle but should also address sustainability of the users, industries, economies, environment and entire planet in which the products operate.

The most significant difference between PLM and Sustainability is in the traditional lifecycle of products. Manufacturers often do not take their products’ full lifecycle footprint and costs into account. Reducing products and processes that create waste and are a negative impact on the planet’s lifecycle have only recently become more important and are still not a priority in many industries.

Like modern PLM practices, Sustainability also requires systems thinking. Solving one of the 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) can positively or negatively influence the other Sustainability Development Goals. In the same manner, developing a product should also be performed through the lens of system thinking. The product lifecycle starts from choosing its solution concept (i.e., which materials and what environmental impact) through its manufacturing process, then usage and finally its recycling or repurposing. The goal is to avoid a landfill.

We passionately believe that implementing data-driven, end-to-end PLM practices can help organizations to understand, measure, and analyze the consequences of their product design, methods of production, and supply chain choices on the planet’s lifecycle. Investigating, documenting, and minimizing this impact with examples is a key objective of the PLM and Sustainability discussion group.

Specific topics we wish to discuss further in this forum include how PLM can be used to:

  • Make products and processes more efficient and green
  • Understand and measure the impact on the carbon footprint of design decisions and production processes, along with changes to them
  • Develop, distribute, and use new sources of renewable green energy
  • Design products and their lifecycles to be sustainable
  • Recycle, reuse, or repurpose assets, materials, and natural resources
  • Enhance the resiliency and Sustainability of infrastructures, communities and economies

We invite others to nominate additional topics important to their businesses and then help us to prioritize our efforts going forward.

Agenda & Activities

We will be pursuing our objectives by a plan selected from several elements which may include: topical focus groups, virtual roundtables, articles and blog posts, book reviews, recorded interviews, industry surveys, conference presentations, webinars, and cooperation with other organizations and alliances. This plan will be developed in collaboration with members using small discussion groups. Follow our progress or better yet join us by sending an email to info@plmgreenalliance.com.

Announcements & Updates

Check back soon as we announce our activities for 2024, or register HERE to receive our news updates.

Invitation to Participate & Collaborate

To participate in our PLM and Sustainability group, we invite you to first join the PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12304531/ then contact our moderator Jos Voskuil.

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 sustainability. We invite you to send us examples you have come across in your own work, company, industry, or country.to info@plmgreenalliance.com.

The Sustainability Thread - The topic of sustainability was high on the agenda of the SAP Product Lifecycle Management Info Days event held this past September in Hershey, PA, just west of SAP America’s HQ outside of Philadelphia. Most SAP customer presentations at the annual event referenced the growing need to provide product data… Continue Reading
Circular Economy of Large Complex Systems from CIMPA - In this article from Patrice Quencez, Director Consultant of CIMPA PLM Services and PLM Green Circular Economy (CE) contributor, discusses the deployment, completion, and reinforcement of PLM capabilities to meet sustainability stakes of complex systems with long lifecycles, such as those found in aviation and aerospace. Patrice writes: "Even if… Continue Reading
PLM and Sustainability Book Preview - From PLM Green Global Alliance's (PGGA) European co-founder Jos Voskuil. During May and June of this year I wrote a guest chapter for John Stark's book Product Lifecycle Management (Volume 2): The Devil is in the Details. The book is considered a standard in academic and professional circles when studying all… Continue Reading
PLM Tools to Design for Sustainability - This month we are pleased to feature a guest blog submitted by PLM Green Global Alliance follower Roger L. Franz. who shares a few things he has learned as a Principal in Engineering Information Technology when beginning to explore the state of PLM tools to Design for Sustainability. Design for… Continue Reading
PLM Green Reports on PTC LiveWorx 2023 - This post was written and first published in May 2023 by PLM Green co-founder Jos Voskuil in his European Virtual Dutchman blog about PLM. Last week I enjoyed visiting LiveWorx 2023 on behalf of the PLM Global Green Alliance. PTC had invited us to understand their sustainability ambitions and meet… Continue Reading
Discussing PLM and Sustainability with CIMdata - Last year the PLM Green Global Alliance was excited to speak with PLM solution providers SAP, Autodesk, Dassault Systems, Sustaira, Aras, and PTC to learn about them and their customers' contributions to sustainability. This year we were equally enthused to meet with CIMdata’s Mark Reisig in a wide-ranging conversation about… Continue Reading
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
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
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
Discussing Sustainability with Aras - The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its fifth panel discussion with solution providers to explore how PLM-enabling technologies can support the drive to sustainability. These interviews expand upon a series of earlier articles, available on the PLM Green website and in the PLM Green LinkedIn Group, that examine the… Continue Reading
Discussing Sustainability with Sustaira - The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its fourth interview and panel discussion exploring how PLM-enabling technologies support the sustainability imperative. These interviews expand upon our earlier articles on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability by examining the progress towards sustainability being made by solution providers, their consulting partners and… Continue Reading
PLM & Sustainability August 2022 - Experienced Product Lifecycle Management professionals, consultants, and solution providers all know that the biggest obstacle to implementing a PLM strategy is not in technology or software, but in business organizational cultures that resist critical self-examination and change, despite being confronted by inconvenient facts which threaten their performance or even survival.… Continue Reading
News on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability June 2022 - Welcome to the first edition of a monthly news digest from the PLM Green Global Alliance exploring the role of Product Lifecycle Management technologies in transitioning to a low-carbon sustainable circular economy. Our goal is to foster a global network that shares information between professionals who use, develop, research, market,… 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
Discussing Sustainability with PLM Solution Provider Dassault Systèmes - The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its third panel discussion to explore how PLM-enabling technologies are supporting the sustainability imperative. These interviews expand upon our earlier article on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability by examining the progress in sustainability being made by PLM solution providers, their partners and… Continue Reading
Sustaira Announces Beta Version of Enterprise Sustainability Application - (April, 2022) Just months after formalizing partnerships with Siemens Digital Industries Software and low-code application platform Mendix, Sustaira proudly announces the launch of the beta version of the Sustaira Sustainability and ESG Application Platform. Among the first customers of Sustaira are organizations of all sizes, in different regions, and within… Continue Reading
Discussing Sustainability with Autodesk - The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its second panel discussion exploring sustainability topics with PLM-enabling technology and solution software providers. These forums expand upon our recent article on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability by examining the progress in sustainability being made by solution providers, their partners, and customers.… Continue Reading
Dassault Systèmes Introduces Life Cycle Assessment Solution - VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France — February 24, 2022 — Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: FR0014003TT8, DSY.PA) today announced the launch of “Sustainable Innovation Intelligence,” its life cycle assessment solution that enables companies to minimize the environmental impacts of the products, materials and processes they create and help drive the circular economy. Fully embedded in… Continue Reading
Discussing Sustainability with PLM Solution Provider SAP - The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its first in a series of panel discussions and interviews that will explore sustainability topics with enterprise PLM solution providers. These forums will extend our recent article on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability where we next hope to learn about examples of… 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
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
Sustainable Product Configuration from Configit - This timely post from Configit explores the role of Configuration Lifecycle Management solutions in creating a more sustainable future where customers will have the product data necessary to make low-carbon choices. The authors write: "In a Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution, the software parameters are set as the customer makes selections… Continue Reading
Digital Twins Enable Sustainability from Addnode Group - The Addnode Group of European companies has keen focus on the use of PLM-enabling technologies, like Digital Twins, to address the challenge of sustainability. They reference numerous examples in a new report that explores the role of Digital Twins in sustainability. In the report, the authors write: "Digital Twins are… 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
Designing for Sustainability with CAE Simulation from NAFEMS - This timely article in NAFEMS Benchmark, authored by MSC Software Vice President Keith Hanna, explores the role of CAE simulation in the conceptualization, design, prototyping, operational use, and recycling of greener products that contribute to a more sustainable economy and planet. Specific examples of the use of simulation referenced in… Continue Reading
Green and Digital Transformation - In the recent Engineering.com article "Green and Digital Transformation: PLM, ERP, Industry 4.0 toward Sustainable Innovation" PLM Green Global Alliance participant Lionel Grealou examines how enterprise platforms can contribute to sustainability goals. "Sustainability is on the agenda of every organization. Most OEMs and their supply chains have embraced the mantra… Continue Reading
Sustainable Aviation Requirements from ADSE - Aviation is reported to be responsible for up to 2% of all human-generated CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Reducing emissions from regional aircraft is especially important because they spend more of their flight time during short legs in less-efficient ascending power. As part of the EU's Horizon 2020 program, the… 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
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

PLM Green Global Alliance is Growing

This post is an update on the evolution of the PLM Green Global Alliance that was originally published in Jos Voskuil’s weblog on Feb. 28.

On Friday, February 26th, the PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) team of international moderators had a meeting to discuss our current status and next steps for 2021 as we grow.

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PLM and Green Energy

Summary & Goals

The goal of the PLM & Green Energy focus theme within the PLM Green Global Alliance, led by Mark Reisig from CIMdata, is to investigate, educate, collaborate, and advocate for the use of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) strategies, technologies, and software solutions to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon green energy economy.

Theme Moderators

Mark Reisig, Sustainability & Green Energy Practice Director and Executive Consultant for CIMdata at www.cimdata.com.

m.reisig@cimdata.com

Focus & Objectives

Our primary objective is to share and promote research, examples, and best practices in a collaborative manner that advances awareness and discussion about the value of PLM in innovating, generating, deploying, scaling, distributing, storing, consuming and recycling green energy sources. These sources include but are not limited to wind, solar, hydrogen, thermal, tidal, and nuclear.

Agenda & Activities

We will be pursuing our objectives by an agenda selected from a number of elements including: discussion panels, articles and blog posts, SME interviews, industry surveys, conference presentations, webinar participation, and cooperative events with other organizations. These activities will be developed and prioritized in collaboration with our international members. Follow our progress or better yet join us with an email to info@plmgreenalliance.com.

Announcements & Updates

Check back soon as we finalize and announce our activities for 2024, or register HERE to receive our news updates.

Invitation to Participate & Collaborate

To participate in our PLM and Green Energy group, we invite you to first join the PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12304531/ then contact our moderator Mark Reisig HERE.

References & Resources

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

Discussing PLM and Sustainability with CIMdata - Last year the PLM Green Global Alliance was excited to speak with PLM solution providers SAP, Autodesk, Dassault Systems, Sustaira, Aras, and PTC to learn about them and their customers' contributions to sustainability. This year we were equally enthused to meet with CIMdata’s Mark Reisig in a wide-ranging conversation about… Continue Reading
Hydrogen Electric Powered Regional Jets - This green aviation example from Aviation Week describes how "proponents of hydrogen-electric propulsion are pushing deeper into short-haul air transportation with deals that could see the conversion of large turboprops and regional jets and the first zero-emissions commercial passenger flights with smaller aircraft as soon as 2024." The article goes… Continue Reading
Battery Modeling from COMSOL - As more products, industries and economies become electrified to meet greenhouse gas emission goals, the performance of batteries and sustainability of their production is becoming increasing important. Engineering.com has published a new white paper on battery modeling using multiphysics simulation software from CAE solution provider COMSOL. The authors write that… 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
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… 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… 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
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
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
Floating Wind Turbines Buoy Hopes of Expanding Renewable Energy - This Wall Street Journal article Floating Wind Turbines Buoy Hopes of Expanding Renewable Energy looks at offshore wind farms that no longer need to be embedded in the seafloor but can float in deeper waters. Continue Reading
Greenhous Gas Emissions by Sector - The data from Our World in Data is a useful resource about the source of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions by sector of the economy, and thus where PLM technologies may have the most value. 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
  • providing data and processes for performing Life Cycle Assessment
  • 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.

Climate Change Chronicles October 2023 - The latest Climate Change Chronicles from the PLM Green Global Alliance provides a quick-to-scan summary of news during October 2023 from around the world about the changing climate and its impact on people and the planet. I am often asked if the distressing news about climate change does not depress… Continue Reading
Climate Change Chronicles July 2023 - This month's Climate Change Chronicles bears witness to July 2023 going down in history as a tipping point in human awareness of the effects of global warming that can no longer be denied as the planet crosses over into an era of accelerating climate change. Yet, despite all the unsettling… Continue Reading
Climate Change Chronicles May 2023 - The latest Climate Change Chronicles from the PLM Green Global Alliance provides a quick-to-scan digest of news, both good and bad, from around the world during May 2023 about the changing climate and its impact on people and the planet. While there is increasing good news about the race to… 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
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
Climate Change Chronicles August 2022 - The latest Climate Change Chronicles news digest, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance, summarizes substantial news from around the world during the month of August, 2022 about the worsening climate and progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This month's good news question: what is the name of… Continue Reading
PLM & Sustainability August 2022 - Experienced Product Lifecycle Management professionals, consultants, and solution providers all know that the biggest obstacle to implementing a PLM strategy is not in technology or software, but in business organizational cultures that resist critical self-examination and change, despite being confronted by inconvenient facts which threaten their performance or even survival.… Continue Reading
Climate Change Chronicles July 2022 - Climate change is not a short news story that can be told in one post, but is a long narrative that will span decades in which history will judge humanity for what we did and did not do as we individually and collectively bear witness. The latest Climate Change Chronicles… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest June 2022 - The latest Climate Change News Digest, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance, summarizes news from around the world about the changing climate and progress in decarbonizing the global economy. Our good news question of the month: what percentage of US power came from renewable sources in the… 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
Climate Change News Digest May 2022 - The latest Climate Change News Digest, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance, summarizes the most important monthly news from around the world about the changing climate and progress in decarbonizing the global economy. Our good news question of the month: what is the "First Movers Initiative" announced… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest April 2022 - The latest Climate Change News Digest for April 2022, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group, summarizes in one place the most important monthly news from around the world about the changing climate and progress in decarbonizing the global economy. Our good news question of the month:… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest March 2022 - The latest Climate Change News Digest for March 2022, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance, summarizes recent news about the changing climate and efforts to decarbonize the global economy. While GHG emissions and climate trends remain alarming, as evidenced in the latest IPCC assessment, there is encouraging… 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
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
Climate Change News Digest January 2022 - The latest Climate Change News Digest for January 2022, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance, summarizes recent news about the changing climate, including preliminary data from calendar year 2021. While many of the atmospheric climate trends are still negative, it does not diminish the recent progress in… Continue Reading
Speed & Scale Climate Action Plan – Book Discussion - The PLM Green Global Alliance invites current and future followers to participate in a review and discussion of the new book from esteemed venture capitalist John Doerr, “Speed & Scale: An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now.” Learn more about this very timely book and what others have… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest November 2021 - The latest Climate Change News Digest, prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance, summarizes considerable good news from the UN COP26 conference on the growing urgency of world leaders and business leader to move faster to decarbonize the global economy. The  good news question of the month: how… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest for October 2021 - The latest Climate Change News Digest prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance summarizes a significant number of news items from October 2021 on the climate crisis and the growing movement to decarbonize the global economy. The good news question of the month: which country announced its intent… 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
Dassault Systemes Announces Climate Commitment - Leading PLM solution provider Dassault Systemes has announced its commitment to reducing its own carbon footprint at https://www.3ds.com/sustainability/compass. The company endorses the Science-based Targets initiative and Net Zero Emissions Timeline to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and support the global response… Continue Reading
The Role of PLM in Tracking Carbon Footprint - In Part 1 of this series of posts from the PLM Green Global Alliance on the Role of PLM in Slowing Climate Change we identified four primary opportunities to employ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in reducing, mitigating, or adapting to climate change from human-generated Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, most importantly… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest September 2021 - This month’s Climate Change News Digest prepared for followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance summarizes the latest news not just about the changing climate but the growing momentum to decarbonize the global economy. Our good news question of the month: how many international companies have now joined The Carbon… Continue Reading
GHGSat Methane Emissions Monitoring - A new generation of orbiting satellites is producing remote sensing data to help visualize and identify sources of Greenhouse Emissions emissions, like those from methane. This example image from a recent BBC article is produced by GHGSat's Pulse interactive mapping solution Methane is a more powerful GHG, compared to carbon… Continue Reading
Climate Change News Digest August 2021 - The month’s Climate Change News Digest prepared for busy followers of the PLM Green Global Alliance summarizes the latest news from the end of summer while many of us were out on vacation. It was not a good month for the planet due to the record heat, droughts, and wildfires… 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
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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