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CMMS and sustainable development, allies to preserve the environment

CMMS and sustainable development, allies to preserve the environment

Tuesday 15 march 2022

Ecology and environmental preservation have been at the heart of citizens' concerns for several decades. Statistical data shows the urgency of controlling human activity, whatever the sector, in order to hope to extend the life of the Earth's resources. So how can CMMS and sustainable development be combined to optimize industrial ecology?

In fact, among the many fields of application of CMMS, sustainable development is experiencing unprecedented growth. Let's take a look at this exciting topic.

How can CMMS be used to help the environment?

The challenge of CMMS software is to enable a company to improve its organization and performance. The software optimizes maintenance management processes in buildings and on equipment. This is why the CMMS solution is ideal for any industrial activity. But this performance gain can also be achieved in connection with the concern for environmental protection. Industrial ecology thus makes it possible to use CMMS to contribute to sustainable development.

The actions to be implemented with regard to sustainable development are the following:

  • Reduce the use of resources, particularly energy
  • Limit waste production
  • Reduce its environmental footprint by avoiding waste

One example perfectly illustrates this desire: CMMS and wind turbine maintenance.

The contribution of Facility Management to ecology

Companies are becoming more and more aware of their responsibility to the environment. Most of them have in their roadmap the reduction of their impact on the ecology. In particular on the longevity of their equipment and the buildings that house them. The reduction of their energy consumption is facilitated by the use of Facility Management. Thanks to this concept, companies make efforts to reduce their production waste. They use products with a low carbon footprint as much as possible and also use the CMMS tool for the preventive maintenance of their installations. Thanks to Facility Management, the technical maintenance of equipment and buildings is thus associated with environmental quality. For example, these improvements can be seen in the CMMS for the maintenance of solar thermal power plants.

Solutions for the environmental sector

Like CMMS for the maintenance of methanization plants, the environmental sector needs CMMS solutions to help it reduce its carbon footprint. Methanization plants use biomass as a raw material, from compostable waste and sludge from wastewater treatment plants. They convert it into biomethane. Companies in the waste recycling sector are developing increasingly. The main idea is to valorize waste to contribute to the circular economy. The numerous equipments installed in these methanization buildings require a modern CMMS to ensure the maintenance of boilers, pumps and other exchangers. All of this must be done with respect to safety and the service teams working on the installations.

CMMS for a better management of energy consumption

The work of companies today is very focused on the search for performance. This is also the case in the field of ecology. They are constantly looking for the lowest possible carbon footprint. To do this, they have access, thanks to CMMS, to many levers of action.

  • Set up an organization that aims to save energy
  • Continuously monitor their energy, water and raw material consumption. If the CMMS software detects a variation, an alert is sent to the engineer in charge of maintenance to carry out the necessary interventions
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Establish a better adjustment of the installations for an optimal functioning of the equipment

In general, the role of the maintenance teams is to adopt a proactive attitude towards the installations. As an example, CMMS for the maintenance of hydroelectric dams helps to increase the lifespan of these structures. Of course, the objective is to maintain a balance in the animal (fish) and plant (aquatic plants) ecosystem.

Other energies for a sustainable development

Even if we don't think of it as such, unlike wind or solar power which immediately come to mind, the nuclear industry is an essential lever for achieving the sustainable development objectives set by the United Nations (UN). Nuclear power plants have only a limited impact on global warming, nor on environmental pollution (apart from possible accidents or the priority to be given to the maintenance and safety of nuclear facilities). The same is true for the energy produced by geothermal power plants.

CMMS, a management tool for circular economy projects

The principle of the circular economy is to use natural resources to manufacture goods. These are then consumed until their end of life. The waste generated by their disposal can be recycled. After recycling, it can be reused as a resource for the manufacture of new products. The virtuous circle thus generated can be boosted by an efficient CMMS, like the CMMS and the maintenance of solar panels. Indeed, the components of a solar panel are now recycled at more than 94%. Thanks to the historical data recorded by the CMMS software, predictive maintenance can be implemented. It allows to prevent the occurrence of technical failures. The objective is always to limit production downtime and therefore increased costs.

Yuman.io offers its CMMS software on other areas than sustainable development ... Here are the other sectors on which our offers exist.

 

 

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