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A bundle of energy

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Thomas Febvin, METRON, considers the importance of digital tools in reducing carbon emissions and boosting energy efficiency at the cement plant.

It is a well-known fact that the cement industry is incredibly energy-intensive. The production of cement is responsible for around 6 – 8% of global CO2 emissions, and almost a quarter of all CO2 emissions caused by industry. The pressure from external parties to reduce carbon emissions in the construction industry is increasing, and today the sector is subject to stringent legal and environmental constraints.

A drastic reduction of carbon emissions can be achieved through a range of different technologies such as Carbon Capture, Storage & Utilisation (CCSU), alternative fuels, clinker reduction, or the production of novel cements. However, these new technologies bring their own complexities to the production process, as well as an element of uncertainty around results.

Therefore, the implementation of digital tools while monitoring the whole supply chain seems to be the first logical move before proceeding with more impactful investments.

Digitalisation for optimal energy management

According to The International Energy Agency (IEA), one of the key strategies for cutting carbon emissions in cement production is to improve energy efficiency. In order to manage performance pragmatically and efficiently, energy management today relies on digital tools.

The benefits of this are:

Transparent and more reliable information: Giving the right information to the right person at the right time. With a digital solution, information can be cross-referenced, and influencing factors can be identified and correlated into dashboards. More transparent information enables greater agility, performance and control, not to mention the conclusions that only analysis derived from data-science can produce.

Getting the big picture: Not only is digitalisation useful at the site level but it is also useful to the corporate teams in charge of large-scale programme and cross region roadmaps. Once data is gathered from all sites, companies have the information to make relevant, global and accurate decisions.

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