Technology Record - Issue 27: Winter 2022

123 I NDU S T R I A L S & MANU FAC TUR I NG a clear strategy for decarbonisation, oil and gas companies can manage and address these competing interests more easily and effectively. For the oil and gas industry, which accounts for roughly nine per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the decarbonisation path is challenging but not insurmountable. One of the first – and most important – steps for any organisation in its decarbonisation journey is to use operational data intelligence to accelerate traditional energy efficiency efforts, thereby reducing the associated emissions. Historically, financial concerns motivated businesses to improve their value chains and invest in unified supply chain planning, scheduling and optimisation. However, given the recent proliferation of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, oil and gas companies must now consider the cost of carbon too. They must rely more than ever on digital tools to explore windows of opportunity, both financially and in terms of carbon intensity. AVEVA’s suite of industrial software solutions, built on Microsoft Azure supports these goals. Our tools are designed and optimised to connect asset, data, people, sites, systems and processes, offering a holistic and bespoke view of operations that is critical for digital transformation. In addition, AVEVA’s software enables organisations to explore consolidated process optimisation models, using real-time data to minimise carbon emissions within their operational and economical constraints. Software that offers a unified supply chain approach enables enterprises to model both financial and carbon-intensity implications. AVEVA’s industrial software also allows oil and gas companies to explore data from the project phase during operations. Combining the engineering digital twin (and its associated streaming analytics, events and notifications) with the operational twin results in a sophisticated, integrated digital twin that empowers teams to make the best decisions. In a broader sense, enterprises must adapt their business strategies to include decarbonisation solutions and services too. Many early adopters of decarbonisation strategies have founded alternative energy divisions tasked with managing public-facing ESG strategies. Oil and gas enterprises must find other ways to reduce their carbon output too. Carbon capture and underground storage (CCUS), or carbon capture and sequestration, is one of the most rapidly deployable technologies at their disposal, although CCUS is not without its challenges. Whether it’s stored or repurposed for carbonating soft drinks, agriculture, or other myriad uses, carbon dioxide must be purified of contaminants like sulphur and chlorides. Ultimately, the core of any comprehensive decarbonisation plan must be solid operational and carbon data management combined with smart data insights. Organisations should seek to tightly integrate their data and information management, rather than accumulating new, disparate systems. They should also diversify their digital toolset to add advanced capabilities. Rashesh Mody is executive vice president of operations business at AVEVA