Four studies across diverse industries highlight the environmental cost of inadequate infrastructure health data. These blind spots lead to asset failures and operational inefficiencies, each of which has a tangible environmental cost.
Digitization tools, such as robotics and software, are used to increase the efficiency of asset inspections and optimize maintenance and operations processes.
The impact of digitization is clear. Improved asset monitoring leads to greener infrastructure.
In total, robotics-enabled digitization of key industries can reduce emissions by an additional 623 MMT CO2e, which is equivalent to 13% of U.S. emissions, per year by 2030:
cost of corrosion in industrial sectors.
of CO2e are avoided through digitization.
equivalency to U.S. carbon emissions.
These studies are in addition to previous research that found digitizing boiler tubes at energy generation sites can lead to a 230 MMT CO2 reduction by keeping more efficient baseload generation online instead of relying on less efficient backup generation.
In total, these studies prove that digitization and improved operation of existing infrastructure can result in an 853 MMT CO2 reduction, or 18% of U.S. emissions, without needing to build new "green" infrastructure.
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