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

Richard McFall

Focus & Objectives

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

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

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

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

Agenda & Activities

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

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 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

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

PLM Green Global Alliance is Launched

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

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

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