On the occasion of the Climate Summit (COP25) in Madrid in December 2019, we asked ourselves what impact the operation of productive assets has on the climate and how intelligent business asset management can also help improve the sustainability of businesses and combat climate change.
Climate change affects us all
The effects of climate change are many, very diverse and, for the most part, very serious, causing extreme phenomena to intensify: droughts, floods, hurricanes, etc., raising the water level of the oceans and altering the ecosystems of flora and fauna. The industrialised world has managed to increase the concentration of greenhouse gases by 30% since the last century, when, without a human action, nature was responsible for balancing emissions.
The actions we take in the coming years will dictate the standards of living for humanity for the rest of this century and beyond.
Responsible management of infrastructure in the company
Companies with high numbers of assets have an important role to play in managing our fragile planet through rethinking, re-engineering, managing and developing infrastructure that is smarter, more sustainable and more resilient.
In recent years, asset managers are taking advantage of intelligent asset management systems and a deeper understanding of the environment to manage issues such as
- Energy consumption
- Environmental management
- Reduction of consumables, such as paper.
- Transport, helping to reduce maintenance trips.
Business asset management systems against climate change
The union of digital technologies with the physical environment is giving rise to an intelligent infrastructure. A strategic asset management tool can help the company to be more responsible in the face of climate change, including functionalities such as
The energy efficiency tools allow us to search for energy savings that with the use of simulators and control devices allow us to have the traceability of the energy status of the equipment.
An environmental management module can help quantify and weight environmental risks so that corrective measures can be implemented in time.
By applying intelligent systems for maintenance, we can extend the life of the assets, thus reducing the consumption of equipment and installations. In the same way, an intelligent system allows for more efficient preventive maintenance, improving the operation of the equipment and reducing problems such as increased energy consumption, accidental spills, etc. In addition, tools such as remote maintenance or better programming of interventions can avoid unnecessary travel, resulting in less mileage and less pollution.
Intelligent asset management systems are based on a centralised information system and document management that reduces the use of paper by helping to reduce the footprint of deforestation.
Using cloud-based analysis tools we can identify efficiency opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and waste generation.
With good asset management we are helping to decarbonise infrastructure by replacing materials and energy with digital information and moving to smart engineering.
Retain and climate change
At Retain we provide complete EAM solution tools for Strategic Enterprise Asset Management by driving the digital transformation of the asset lifecycle, creating intelligent, connected infrastructures using the Internet of Things (IoT), handling technologies that allow remote monitoring of your operations and real-time data analysis associated with BIM technology, with reporting and recommendations.
All these applications provide useful tools and information to manage assets in a more sustainable way, reducing consumption and emissions to the environment.