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Reduce industrial emissions

On top of ticking compliance and reporting boxes, energy-intensive industries are under growing pressure from stakeholders including customers, partners, investors, shareholders and staff to deliver tangible emissions reductions.

From looming challenge to growing opportunity

The industrial sector is pivotal to society’s economic and social development, and standards of living. Energy and resources are indispensable for us to live and thrive.

Today, the industrial energy sector represents close to 40% of global final consumption1, and demands are rising as global populations and economies continue to expand.

Despite growing demand and expected industrial production growth, the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 scenario has emissions falling into 2030 and beyond. Modest improvements have been made in terms of energy efficiency, use of renewables and policies, but much more will be needed.

Reference: 1. IEA, Industry: Materials are the building blocks of society, 2021

The growing global effort to reach net zero

As reported by the UN, a growing coalition of countries, businesses and institutions globally are pledging to get to net-zero emissions. This includes 70+ countries – including the biggest polluters – representing about 76% of global emissions.

Thousands of cities, businesses and institutions have joined the Race to Zero, pledging to take rigorous, immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030.

Reduce emissions, energy, and water consumption with Sustainability Tracker (ST)

Setting decarbonisation goals and tracking progress toward those goals requires two essential ingredients: finance-grade sustainability data and a robust, auditable GHG emissions accounting process. ST can help you deliver on these ingredients and more:

Establish a precise baseline year

Global sustainability reporting frameworks require organisations to calculate their existing baseline carbon footprint as the first step. As this becomes the measure against future improvements are compared, it is critical that this is accurate and supported by data. ST is designed to calculate your baseline and track it over time.

Re-calculate a base year emission

Movements in emissions are calculated by comparing changes in your actual emissions over time relative to previous years. If there are significant organisation structural changes such as mergers/acquisitions, outsourcing/insourcing emitting activities, improvements in measurements or changes in methodology, you’ll need to recalculate your base year emissions. ST makes this a streamlined and automated process and is invaluable for goal setting and defining absolute target and intensity targets.

Track and report progress

Once the baselines and targets have been set, organisations are required to track, analyse and report on emissions to meet relevant compliance obligations in a consistent, complete and transparent process. ST’s in-built sustainability reporting capabilities make this simple.

Test and evaluate scenarios with accuracy and confidence

  • Mass & energy balance for industrial process
    Mass & energy balance for industrial process
    Map and measure your activity data across each step of the industrial production process
  • Digital automation
    Digital automation
    Remove manual process and create a digital replica of your industrial asset for near real-time insights
  • Circularity/recycling
    Virgin material vs recycled
  • Process efficiency
    Process efficiency
    Improve production process and energy consumption
  • Reduce waste
    Reduce waste
    Efficient use of materials and technologies
  • Renewable power
    Renewable power
    Renewable sources of power (e.g. bioenergy and procurement)
  • Renewable heat
    Renewable heat
    Renewable sources of heat (e.g. replace fossil fuels with biomass power)
  • Review processes
    Review processes
    Scenario testing of new production process or reagents or suppliers
  • Nature impact drivers
    Nature impact drivers
    Implement more sustainable practices for the production ecosystem
  • Alternative fuels/electrification
    Alternative fuels/electrification
    Move to green fuels and energy storage solutions (e.g. electric vehicles for haulage)
  • Carbon capture
    Carbon capture
    Capture, store and recycle carbon emissions

ST has an optional module to test and evaluate sustainability initiatives. Using a steady-state simulation of your industrial asset, ST Scenario Analysis enables you to use validated industrial data sourced from across your asset to determine likely future processing outcomes.

Adjust input figures to determine how specific changes in variables like feed grades or throughput will affect final product and recovery as well as emissions, energy and consumption. In addition, by modifying your asset’s historical data or making changes to your asset’s flowsheet, you can create and compare scenarios using cutting edge reporting and data analysis and visualisation tools.

The results from these simulations can automatically integrate with asset-wide financial and sustainability budgeting and forecasting, set targets and compare theoretical results to actual asset-wide performance.

Ways ST can use scenarios to reduce emissions:

Scope 1

  • Test processes to cut emissions from on-site process chemistry
  • Self-generate renewable power onsite
  • Replace fossil fuels in heat and steam generation with biomass, heat pumps, power-to-heat, solar thermal and other alternatives
  • Convert fleet combustion to battery-electric, biofuels or other green power
  • Carbon capture, utilisation and storage from processes and combustion
  • Identify faulty equipment and heat losses (across scopes)
  • Process waste on-site

Scope 2

  • Test production scenarios using motors, pumps, drives and ovens
  • Reuse waste heat and accurately match equipment capacities
  • Source renewable energy via procurement or certificates

Scope 3

  • Analyse emissions of raw materials suppliers
  • Streamline upstream transportation and business travel emissions
  • Use recycled instead of virgin materials
  • Electrify industrial fleets
  • Optimise downstream waste disposal

Proven emissions reduction analysis tools

With Sustainability Tracker (ST) at its core, our emissions reduction software is designed to measure, manage and optimise complex industrial processes.

ST integrates asset-wide industrial data, dynamically simulates your operation as a digital twin, and delivers granular reports and analysis across sustainability indicators. This enables you to track changes in processes, suppliers and materials giving you the data-driven insights you need to optimise your productivity, efficiency, climate footprint and financial returns.

Key features

Track and forecast scenarios
ST uses steady-state process simulation technology to simulate, test and analyse future scenarios and tie information back to emission, energy, consumption and production budgets and forecasts. This helps evaluate sustainable suppliers and materials, identify bottlenecks, streamline performance and enable proactive optimisation of emissions, water, energy and other sustainability indicators.
Track renewable energy sources
ST can consolidate and validate data from both on-site and off-site renewable energy sources in the form of Energy Attribute Certificates (EAC), Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) and Guarantee of Origins (GO). This enables you to monitor scope 2 emissions and deliver precise reports including location or market emissions factors.  
Optimise your sustainability indicators
Rapidly generate near real-time custom reports on your sustainability indicators including greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, energy management, water management, waste and hazardous materials management, tailings storage facilities management, Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – so you have the power at your fingertips to oversee performance.  
Single source of truth for sustainability data
ST automates the integration of asset-wide disparate data sources including historians, laboratory information management systems, control systems, environmental systems and enterprise resource systems – all your data is centralised, validated and organised using machine learning.

Expert sustainability software and solutions

Drawing on many years of experience in industrial process engineering, data-led tools and sustainability reporting, we can help you understand how the new era of accountability impacts you and deploy the industrial sustainability software you need to put you ahead of the curve.

Your guide to Sustainability Tracker

Explore how the industrial sector can meet evolving sustainability disclosure and reporting standards with an intelligent data driven sustainability reporting platform.

Case studies: Sustainability Tracker outcomes

See how Sustainability Tracker has helped industrial clients to accurately track and report on scope 1,2 and 3 emissions and reduce their carbon footprint as well as simplify sustainability compliance, streamline operations and cut costs.

Take control of your emissions reduction analysis

To learn how Sustainability Tracker can help you track your sustainability indicators and minimise emissions, energy, water and waste across your supply chain, contact our expert team on +61 2 7229 5662 or