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Digital Decarbonisation

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World Cement,

Berkan Fidan, OYAK Cement Concrete Paper, explains how artificial intelligence and machine learning made it possible to cut annual CO2 emissions by 200 000 t.

With 18 plants producing 33 million tpy of cement, OYAK Cement is in a position to make a real difference in the decarbonisation of the cement and concrete industry. OYAK Cement’s IndustrAI project aims to realise a complete digital transformation in industrial operations while manufacturing cement and concrete. One of the most crucial parts of the project is the assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and a partnership has been formed between OYAK Cement and DataRobot to achieve this goal.

With this cooperation, the company was able to reduce carbon emissions by 200 000 tpy (the equivalent of the amount absorbed 9 million trees in a year) and reach alternative fuel usage rates of more than 30%.

Suat Çalbiyik, Chairman of OYAK Cement, explains: “Sustainability is central to the company’s mission and culture, which focuses on a deep respect for society and the environment. Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint by taking into account the economic, environmental and social impacts of our operations, developing sustainable technologies and manufacturing environmentally-friendly products. This commitment is especially important given the large global impact of our industry.

For example, concrete is one of the world’s most important and widely used materials – only water is consumed at a greater rate. However, to make concrete, you first need to manufacture cement. That process is estimated to generate up to 8% of the world’s CO2 emissions. We’ve learned that even small improvements in operational efficiency (powered by AI) can make a big difference in emissions and cost.”

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