Operation and Emissions

When it comes to emissions reduction towards net zero, most carbon intensive companies are broadly following a similar process: Setting reduction targets, baselining, carrying out abatement studies and developing reduction action plans to outline how the targets will be achieved. This tends to drive the focus towards a plan for emissions reduction based on CAPEX, plant equipment upgrades and modification projects. 

However, many companies are overlooking another crucial piece of the puzzle – which is “how their facilities are operated”. As a result, opportunities to operate facilities with lower CO2 emissions and costs are being overlooked. 

Focus on the operational emissions, energy efficiency and operational excellence will create future prosperity. The ability to continually look for your ‘Best Day’: the lowest emissions based on the same production levels, equipment being used and modes of operation really helps to reduce inefficiencies and losses. When you optimise energy use and power consumption you save on energy, fuel and carbon costs (ETS). In complex industries like oil and gas it is not humanly possible to do this in real-time, but with Analytics & AI, the operations team can bring in technology into their day-to-day work and create a decarbonisation culture.

-By Gareth Lane from Stamford, UK

Gareth, agree that company’s infrastructure like buildings represent a huge opportunity for decarbonization and energy optimization. Providing an example of Intensity building that has been optimized: on-site energy storage, photovoltaics, wind turbines, usage of unoccupied spaces, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R585Jc3skDo 
I love the idea of Best Day – will borrow it 😉

-by Elena Fedotova from France