Comprehensive Approach to Energy and Environment in the EcoCare Program for Design, Engineering and Operation of Siemens Industry Solutions

Dieter Wegener (Invited author), Matthias Finkbeiner (Invited author), Dieter Geiger (Invited author), Stig Irving Olsen (Invited author), Frank Walachowicz (Invited author)

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    This paper intends to describe the outline of the Eco Care Program (ECP) at the Siemens-Division Industry Solutions and its implementation. ECP aims to embrace and to coordinate main activities within the product lifecycle management (PLM) process considering both economic targets in terms of overall lifecycle costs as well as energy efficiency and other important environmental issues in the innovation management for industrial solutions. ECP consists of adapted methods for assessing the environmental and financial impacts of industrial solutions (plants, processes, single technologies or even services) and tools which helps to derive reliable assessment results. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a suitable method for assessing environmental impacts of products and solutions over their entire lifecycle focusing on those lifecycle phases which may contribute significantly to environmental burdens or benefits. To meet these requirements the main challenge is to simplify the assessment methodology as far as reliability and accuracy of results is preserved. To present results in both dimensions of economical performance and environmental impact the paper introduces the concept of the “eco care matrix” (ECM). Environmental sound industrial solutions have advantages in both “eco” dimensions (eco-nomical + eco-logical). The analytical approach presented is further on implemented in two complementary and independent industrial application fields: in order to exemplify usability of the approach in quite complex process technology different hot metal producing technologies (blast furnace route vs. smelting reduction routes COREX / FINEX). The second pilot application is targeted on the assessment of infrastructure solutions especially focusing on the comparison of environmental and financial effects of different technologies and payment schemes of electronic city tolling systems for London and Copenhagen. Experienced results derived from these two pilot applications to put ECP in place are evaluated and presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRisø International Energy Conference 2009 : Energy solutions for CO2 emission peak and subsequent decline
    VolumeRisø-R-1712 (EN)
    Publication date2009
    ISBN (Print)978-87-550-3783-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventRisø International Energy Conference 2009 - Risø DTU, Roskilde, Denmark
    Duration: 14 Sep 200916 Sep 2009


    ConferenceRisø International Energy Conference 2009
    LocationRisø DTU

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