Calculating the carbon footprint of an industrial site

Calculating the carbon footprint of an industrial site

The “12 Industry 4.0 Challenges” programme is an open innovation platform. Promoted by the Ministry of Industry and co-financed by the European Social Fund, it enables collaboration between new generation companies and the main industrial companies in Spain.

The School of Industrial Organisation identified the challenges and searched for startups offering digital solutions. Airbus presented its challenge: “Calculating the carbon footprint of an industrial complex in real time in an automated and reliable way”, for its plant in Getafe, Madrid. The startup selected to meet this demand was GreeMko.

What was Airbus’ challenge?

Airbus has been managing sustainability improvements for some time. Their industrial complex in Getafe already collected data on their environmental impact, but they were looking for more quality and efficiency. The calculation of the carbon footprint had to be comprehensive and detailed, as well as complying with the ISO 14.064 greenhouse gas inventory standard. Above all, it was to help them identify opportunities to improve environmental performance in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

The other technological requirements established were:

  • Automated: automatic data capture from any format.
  • Reliable and verifiable: in line with the standards of the carbon footprint calculation standard.
  • Scalable and real time: allows incorporation of new sources or plants anywhere (cloud computing) and the possibility of real-time analysis.

Why was GreeMko selected for “12 Challenges of Industry 4.0″?

GreeMko helps companies to move from reporting to active environmental management. This is precisely what the Airbus challenge proposed.

The data provided by the company grouped several years of electricity, natural gas, diesel and refrigerant gas consumption at its Getafe facilities. GreeMko calculated the carbon footprint per scope, and Airbus checked the possibility to exploit them efficiently. From the results, all kinds of graphs, comparisons between periods or information segregated by emission sources can be obtained.

Real-time measurement: all set for the next phase

In the words of Mar Robles: “The 12 Challenges of Industry 4.0 programme has allowed us to make a first approach between the needs of Airbus and our tool, which meets the requirements they were looking for: automated, reliable and in real time”. The challenge took the form of a pilot project, in which data were obtained from spreadsheets. Jorge Portillo explains:

“In a second phase of collaboration, data can be collected in real time from IoT devices, as GreeMko allows automatic capture from any format”.

The conclusions of “12 Challenges of Industry 4.0” were presented on 11 February at the Ministry of Industry. Participating from Airbus were Jorge Caro Terrón, Secretary General in Spain, and Victoria Hernández Puente, Head of Digital Implementation in Military Aircraft. At Airbus, they will have access to a 100% automated calculation; more comprehensive, faster and more efficient.