Technology Record - Issue 23: Winter 21/22

128 www. t e c h n o l o g y r e c o r d . c om I NT E R V I EW Developing green industrial processes and improving energy efficiency are two of the top priorities for organisations in the manufacturing, energy and industrial sectors as they seek to minimise their impact on the environment. AVEVA’s chief sustainability officer Lisa Johnston explains how her company is working with Microsoft to help customers harness the power of artificial intelligence, digital twins and other technologies to gain the data-driven insights they need to optimise their operations and achieve their sustainability goals. Tell us how industrial digitisation can help support a net-zero economy as the world works to stave off the worst effects of climate change? Improving industrial production and efficiency with digitisation – whether through software or advanced automation – promises smarter operations, stronger business outcomes, and could help preserve the planet. Today’s volatile market demands underscore the value of achieving a sustainable competitive advantage for the future of advanced manufacturing. This means reshaping industries for greater productivity and flexibility, getting rid of waste from the value chain, and pushing technologies for better process control and resource management. The use of digital tools and end-to-end software can transform organisational data insight by combining artificial intelligence, digital twins and human insight, to unlock higher levels of performance. Industrial sustainability isn’t about doing less; it’s about greater operational efficiency, conserving energy and resources to shrink the industry’s environmental footprint. What are the biggest sustainability demands from the global energy and manufacturing sectors today? The need for developing green industrial processes is increasingly becoming a top priority for organisations as they seek to reduce any adverse impact on the environment and allow for streamlined and efficient operations. We believe some of the biggest sustainability gains will be driven by industries such as energy and manufacturing. How is AVEVA working to build sustainability and energy efficiency into businesses? AVEVA is committed to working jointly with industry leaders worldwide to help them drive organisational sustainability, efficiency and BY R E B E CCA G I B SON AVEVA’s Lisa Johnston discusses how digital transformation can help the manufacturing and energy sectors to operate more efficiently, accelerate sustainability and become climate positive Why digitisation is key to saving the planet “Technology holds the key to accelerating sustainability by empowering organisations to operate more efficiently ”