Climate change, limited natural resources, unpredictable economics and volatile markets – all of these factors show that we cannot continue living as before and doing business as usual. We need to transform the way we are eating, consuming, traveling, working. This understanding has driven businesses to focus on sustainability – socially (for people), environmentally (for the planet) and economically (for profits). Transforming operations in process industries like Life Sciences, Consumer Packaged Goods, Polymers and Chemicals, Oil and Gas and in discrete industries like Automotive, Aerospace, High Tech and Industrial Equipment will have a significant impact on sustainability.
So what can we do?
With regard to questionable or unsustainable materials, we can either:
- Manage or treat materials that have already been created, or
- Go back to the start and improve these materials—or avoid them entirely
Examples of the first option are filtering exhaust gases, removing plastics from the oceans and recycling materials (a topic dear to my heart as my thesis was about the thermal degradation behavior of polymers). Examples of the second option are avoiding the usage of toxic or non-degradable materials and minimizing the related consumption of energy or other resources. And it probably makes sense to start with this second!
Now, how can we do it?
Luckily enough, technology can advance sustainability (although some might claim that it is also contributing to the rapid exploitation of our planet). The advancement through is where Dassault Systemes BIOVIA brand enters the picture. In fact, for many years BIOVIA has developed solutions that help customers in many industries build more sustainable products and businesses. BIOVIA provides solutions in four major technology areas that can support sustainability:
- Digitalization & Automation
- Modeling & Simulation
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
These technologies have an impact on all three aspects of sustainability – people, planet and profits.
This post by Daniela Jansen originally appeared on the BIOVIA Blog.