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Working with CO₂

Reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your operational efficiency of your business can have a positive impact on performance.

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Looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions

Around the world, governments, investors and consumers are pushing industry to act to address climate change, reduce carbon emissions and become more energy and resource efficient.

There are several ways to increase the efficiency of operations and reduce carbon output that can have a positive impact on business performance.

Lubricants:

Lubricants that increase the fuel efficiency of machines can lower the carbon footprint of those industries where intensive machinery use is required.

Growing demand for lower emissions and cost reductions has seen the development of more advanced engine and machinery system designs. These high-efficiency machines need similarly effective lubricants that can deliver high thermal and pressure stability to ensure performance under testing conditions.

Real-time machinery data can allow operations managers to predict – and prevent – instances where equipment may run less sustainably.

Smart factories:

Technology now allows for remote monitoring, maintenance and servicing as well as communication between different machines, enabling businesses to make data-driven decisions.

Wider implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology in industry is also helping businesses run their operations in a smarter, more sustainable way.

Big data:

The substantial amount of data available to industry today provides the opportunity to analyse the outputs of machinery and industrial processes, focusing on specific ways to optimise operations. For example, having machinery data fed to an operations manager in real-time allows that manager to minimise idle time and to predict – and prevent – instances where equipment may run less sustainably.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence:

Machine learning and artificial intelligence can help collect and then process these vast amounts of operational data mentioned above, adapting recommendations in real-time to help improve equipment performance.

Nature-based Solutions:

Direct CO2 reduction is best done by choosing low emissions options, but, where emissions cannot be reduced or avoid, can also come in the form of offsetting through the purchase of carbon credits. These credits can be traded or purchased from projects that help to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, known as nature-based solutions.

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