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Reaching Net-Zero Emissions in the Utility Industry of Australia with Tigernix

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Since the International Panel on Climate Change declared a code red for humanity in 2018, ‘Net Zero Emissions’ has been a famous phrase used by governments globally. ‘Net Zero Emissions’ explicitly means the aim to balance greenhouse gas emissions that are produced and emitted into the atmosphere. The more gas emission produced, the harder it is to achieve a net zero emission goal as there will be more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The more carbon dioxide in the air, the warmer the planet gets. Hence, to stop Earth from heating, companies should either not produce emissions at all or offset the emissions they produce. This is typically done by planting new forests or using specific technologies designed to capture greenhouse gas emissions, such as ‘Carbon Capture’. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has noted, however, that a plan to achieve net-zero emission cannot rely on offsetting emissions. Thus, the eco-friendly solution is not to produce emissions at all.

Implementing digital solutions is one easy way to avoid making emissions. It is also a feasible option available for any organisation regardless of size. Industrial 4.0 technologies, including the integration of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), GIS technology, and digital twin and others, have been an asset to increase productivity in corporations whilst reducing emissions.

Net Zero Emissions in Australia

Due to the rise in climate change, governments have imposed stringent rules requiring companies to take responsibility for any damage done to the environment through their operations. Accordingly, the Australian Federal Government has also announced its aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. To achieve this, the government must significantly reduce its emissions by 2030. Companies are now considering new sustainable ways of carrying out their day-to-day transactions to minimise the rate of tax or fine they may have to pay for producing emissions. In this regard, the utility sector has also been asked to re-think innovative ways of preserving natural freshwater bodies and utilising wastewater for human purposes. Moreover, managers in the transportation sector are finding ways to reduce emissions in their industry, whereas utility providers are transitioning to eco-friendly mechanical assets.

An Overview of How Tigernix Incorporates Industry 4.0 Technology to Achieving Net Zero Emissions

Industry 4.0 technologies have immense power to reduce and subsequently remove emissions from being produced. Here are three ways Tigernix has incorporated advanced digital solutions in its suites:
Combining Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics for Asset Maintenance and Longevity
Emissions are released into the atmosphere whenever assets are in bad condition. They are also released when making assets, depending on what goes into creating them. However, any risk to your assets can be identified in advance with the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensors and predictive and prescriptive analytics. This allows asset managers to rectify issues in advance, ensuring asset longevity. Thus, where assets are in healthy conditions, emissions are not produced. Tigernix’s multifaceted Asset Predictive Maintenance System has been used by Townsville City Council to overcome all asset-centric shortcomings single-handedly.
Identifying and Removing Waste and Energy Consumption With Digital Twins
When companies decide to create a new asset in their relevant industry, the fewer the mistakes, the better it is for the environment. To ensure the machinery is also made sustainably, asset managers can first design and assess its success in terms of performance and its impact on the environment by using the 3D/4D digital twin representations. Hence, rather than wasting energy and resources making assets and going through trial and error, managers can guarantee that a sustainable asset in all respects is made. Through this, emissions can be significantly reduced. Moreover, by using advanced technology, managers can monitor any waste or increased energy usage levels, letting managers keep track of how much emissions they are responsible for.
Optimising Energy and Materials Consumption
With digital technology, a range of mundane tasks can be automated. As machines can detect an error with finer precision than humans, quality products can be made immediately. The more quality products that are used, the lesser emissions that are emitted; hence, material loss can also be reduced. They moreover do not require any form of atmosphere to carry out functions, unlike humans who need fans, for instance, to be switched on to bear the heat. Hence, implementing robotic technology helps to reduce a company’s overall electricity and energy consumption.

How Can Emissions Produced by the Utility Industry Be Reduced With the Help of Tigernix?

Three industries that find it hard to tackle and control emissions are the water, wastewater, and the transportation industry. Here is a glimpse of how Tigernix’s personalised solutions help asset managers in each sector:
Water Utility Sector:

Did you know that 10 percent of emissions are released globally for water use, storage and distribution? In the meantime, water utility providers produce around 5 to 8 percent of global methane emissions. Water utilities, therefore, are not only required to deal with tackling sustainable forms of managing water but must also take active steps to reduce emissions. Water managers play a crucial role in achieving net-zero emissions as part of the fight to curtail the water scarcity issue in Australia.

Tigernix Water Asset Management System Suites help control emissions. Using IIoT, this suite automates a range of processes, adopting a sustainable and energy-efficient method. Hence, data can be easily transferred and processed, helping water utility managers unlock insights to monitor assets in the industry. Energy can notably be reduced by the integration of smart pumps, which adjust energy levels according to a percentage managers set. The system provides catchment, treatment, distribution and reticulation solutions. Its distribution solution reduces emissions released through assets by monitoring its real-time conditions with digital twin technology. The health of valves can further be assessed through the Tigernix Mechanical Valve Asset Solution, which ensures that emissions that are produced from faulty valves are reduced. This is especially beneficial because it usually takes managers an enormous amount of time to find which valve requires repair. Since there is a nest of valves in water utility industries, faster detection and maintenance of valves can reduce emissions that are unnecessarily released.

Wastewater Utility Sector:

It is known that wastewater is one of the most significant and challenging sources of emissions within water utilities. Since treating wastewater requires high energy levels to clean, it releases toxic gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. This is a significant source of emissions in the public sector.

The Tigernix Wastewater Asset Management Suite enables managers the ability to control emissions. It offers four solutions powered by simulation, sensors, CCTV and laser equipment, and other technologies. The solutions are namely in relation to the collection, treatment, pumping and reuse of wastewater. Emissions can be removed through pumping solutions, which can effectively detect shaft bending, vibrations and other pump failures. In this regard, the Tigernix Mechanical Pump Asset Solution is an intelligent method wastewater managers can employ to reduce energy consumption.

Transportation Sector:

According to the World Economic Forum, the global transport industry was responsible for approximately 7.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2020. Other than transitioning to electric vehicles, emissions can be removed by maintaining road assets. This includes having a sustainable infrastructure design and utilising eco-friendly methods for the construction and operation of roads.

Road managers insert industrial fans into tunnels to ensure the road is safe for humans. In this regard, Tigernix Mechanical Fan Asset Solution incorporates industry 4.0 technology to observe air volumes, temperature and pressure changes, thereby keeping track of any toxic emissions released. Moreover, the Tigernix Transportation Asset Suite offers Highway Asset Management and Visualisation, which infuses AI and ML models, simulation technology, visual and laser data analytics, predictive technologies, and more. All of this helps asset managers reduce the emissions released into the air and qualify for the ISO 55000 standards road managers must meet in terms of risk, performance and cost.

Tigernix: Australia’s Smartest and Most Reliable Asset Software Specialist to Reduce Emissions

Tigernix offers the most intriguing industry 4.0 technological suites, which utility service enablers in Australia have used and found effective. The AI technology integrated into each suite is built to help utility managers to ensure public safety, increase efficiency and be environmentally friendly. To reduce your emissions and help Australia reach its climate goals by 2050, avail the benefits of Tigernix’s solutions.


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Help Australia Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Cutting down emissions to zero is no easy task. Small actions, including the breakdown of machines or any assets, are enough to produce emissions. We humans have to suffer the consequences of the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the air. Hence, all industrial and utility organisations must carry out their operations responsibly. Therefore, transitioning to digital technology is the most effective solution that saves the environment and helps you as a business manager optimise your processes whilst cutting down your overall cost and saving time and resources. If not now, then when?
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