Climate And Productivity


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Climate And Productivity

  1. 1. Special brief Canadian Climate Change and Productivity Go Hand-in-Hand What has been missing in most industry implemented advanced strategies addressing global warming is information processing and process recognition that climate change is not an automation technologies to improve isolated issue. Climate change is productivity, there were also gains in closely linked to other national energy efficiency. Advanced concerns. For example, answers to information and automation climate change (the environment) go technologies foster development of hand-in-hand with answers to poor Industries of the Future (IOF) - productivity (competitiveness), and there industries which have higher are opportunities to address productivity productivity and higher energy while addressing climate change. The efficiency. solution is based on automation of energy intensive industrial processes Advanced information technology using advanced information systems can improve productivity and technologies and computers. reduce energy use in energy intensive operations through better control and In simple terms, a large part of the scheduling of production and through solution to both problems (climate reduction of work disruptions. We change and poor productivity) rests with analyzed over 300 applications of improving the operations and processes advanced IT in heavy industry and in business and industry. For example, identified many potential energy increased productivity (reduced waste) efficiency measures such reducing will result in an indirect reduction of energy waste by stabilizing combustion energy use per unit of product made and processes, optimizing energy use by vice versa. REDUCT studies for better responding to operating changes, Natural Resources Canada showed that reducing peak and average processing in over 30 percent of cases where temperatures, controlling heat more © REDUCT & Lobbe Technologies 2006
  2. 2. consistently, and reducing peak carbon dioxide emissions at a cost of less demand for electricity. than $10 per tonne, and when you factor in productivity gains, the cost comes to just a Our review of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) few dollars per tonne. A few dollars per ton emissions for Saskatchewan showed that is much less than the $25 to $30 cost per ton automation of industrial process heat of purchasing CO 2 emission credits or the systems has the potential to reduce these $30+ cost per ton to capture and dispose of systems’ energy use by 7 percent and their carbon dioxide emissions. carbon dioxide emissions by 4 percent. A similar analysis of the commercial sector Applications of advanced automation showed a 1.3 percent reduction in energy and information technologies are not use, which would be equivalent to a 3 restricted to any one industry or business percent reduction in the sector’s carbon sector and, therefore, the benefits can be dioxide emissions. expected to be broad. For most application areas, the Industries of the Future These findings were confirmed by a US technologies are here today ready to offer Department of Energy special study which practical and attractive solutions to climate showed that if energy-intensive American change and productivity. What is needed is industries were to adopt advances in an equal treatment of the IOF technologies automation, industrial controls, information vis-à-vis other green power and alternative processing and robotic technologies, they fuels projects. could realize an energy saving of up to 10 percent. In USA this represents 1.7 to 2.0 For further information you can contact: quadrillion BTUs of energy saved every Dr. Adam J. Szladow, President year. REDUCT & Lobbe Technologies P.O. Box 800, 186-8120 No. 2 RD For Canadian heavy industry, the Richmond, BC, Canada V7C 5J8 application of advanced automation and tell: (604) 275- information (IOF) technologies would 3711;; represent a reduction in energy use of over REDUCT & Lobbe Technologies is a technology and technical 70 trillion BTUs, which is equivalent to a services company specializing in the application of advanced CO 2 reduction of 15 to 20 mega tonnes per energy and automation technologies in business and industry. year. If you include the energy and power We pioneered the concept of Process Intelligence, a comprehensive approach to optimization of business and generation sectors, the total reduction in industrial processes using sophisticated information technologies. CO 2 emissions would be over 1/10 of all REDUCT has helped business and industry to apply innovative greenhouse gases reduction required. And methods to solve complex problems since 1986, and our clients range from small firms to large, multi-national organizations. you get a bonus: higher productivity and a higher standard of living for all Canadians. Dr. Szladow is a member of Microsoft Research Panel, member of AICHE, Board Member of Professional Association for SQL Our field demonstrations of advanced Server (Vancouver); a past member of the Minister’s National Advisory Committee to CANMET, NRCan, Chairman of the information systems in the pulp and paper, Business Committee of the National Advisory Council to power generation and other industrial CANMET, NRCan, Vice-Chairman, Research Committee on sectors showed that it is possible to reduce corrosion and Deposition from Combustion Gases, ASME. © REDUCT & Lobbe Technologies 2006