ABB has introduced a new global sustainability initiative, Real Progress, to showcase the power of technology and expertise to accelerate sustainability while enhancing productivity.
ABB’s Real Progress campaign is to serve as a rallying call to customers, partners and suppliers in mining, metals and pulp and paper to inspire them to harness technology leadership and existing solutions to amplify their own impact.
“Technology and expertise from ABB are proving to customers that sustainability and productivity go hand in hand,” the company said, noting the mission is to fast-track sustainability across the world.
“[We are] combatting many changes happening in the world, such as rising emissions, water and energy scarcity, and workforce skills challenges. The company is showing that the power of bold ideas and pioneering technologies can overcome these challenges, step by step, together with the wider industrial and societal ecosystem.”
Across these process industries, there is growing recognition that automation, electrification and digitalization are essential components of a journey to meet climate targets. Some of these are set for the next 25 years and beyond. As ABB Process Industries division president Joachim Braun noted, that sustainability journey isn’t a gradual progression but a “bold transformation”.
“The actions and decisions we take today, together with every innovation we embrace, are powerful steps towards a sustainable future, and we’re unapologetically leading the charge,” Braun said.
“Every day, ABB is working side by side with customers in their mines, their mills and their plants, to provide complete technology solutions with automation, electrification and digitalization to radically reduce emissions and energy use. Together with our great network of partners, we are proud of driving real progress in sustainability, but we know that more can and must be done. We’re part of the journey and commit to making real progress always.”
For mining, Real Progress will mean helping customers through their energy transition, with electrification combined with world-class technologies for hoisting and grinding, the company said.
“The ABB eMine solution is one example, empowering them to convert fossil fuel reliant mines to all-electric. By automating all electrification solutions, customers can now monitor, control, and then reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in real time.”
In metals, ABB said it is committed to enabling customers to use less energy and raw materials when producing steel and aluminum through advanced automation and electrification systems, combined with industry-specific equipment and digitalization, across plants.
While the digital solution ABB Ability Smart Melt Shop helps bring autonomous plants to life by connecting and automating crane and ladle movement to reduce thermal losses, ABB ArcSave electromagnetic stirrer (EMS) makes electric arc furnace (EAF) operations more productive and resource efficient, project managers pointed out. For the entire metals enterprise, ABB Ability Energy Management System monitors and optimizes energy consumption, backing manufacturers in achieving these sustainability goals.
“Sustainability isn’t an option; it’s an imperative for every business leader in our rapidly evolving world. To thrive and create a better future, we must embrace sustainability at the core of our operations,” said Rohit Sharma, global HSE and sustainability manager, ABB Process Industries.