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Nov 5, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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ABB and sustainable

development

Michael Robertson

Life cycle assessment

techniques are the key

to “greener” products

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Economic performance

Environmental

performance

Social

performance

How ABB supports sustainability

Sharing technology



45,000 employees in


developing countries

Contribution

to common efforts



Environmental and


social improvement


projects

Ecoefficient products



Life Cycle Assessment LCA



Environmental declarations



Innovative R&D programs

ABB’s environmental

performance



ISO 14001 in place


(97% of sites)

Sustain
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ability

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Life
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Cycle Assessment (LCA)
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what is it?

LCA is a tool to
define

the environmental

impact during the product’s whole life cycle

from cradle to grave

Recycling

Environmental impact

Waste


Emission


Resource

depletion


Noise

Gate 1

Gate 2

Gate 3

Grave

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Utility

Manufacturing

of materials

Manufacturing

of motor

Scrapping & recycling

of motor

Emissions

Power demand

Fuel

Cradle

Use of motor

20
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30 years

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Typical input data for an LCA study

Gate 1

Gate 2

Gate 3

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Utility

Materials

Manufacturing

Disposal

Product use

Materials

types & amounts

Energy

consumption

& type

Energy losses

Emissions

& waste

Emissions & waste

Scrapping, waste

handling, recycling,

landfill

Disposal process

Transport distances

& type

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Typical result of an LCA study

6

12

18

0

Reference motor

(efficiency 98.0%)

“Motorformer”

(efficiency 98.5%)

Manufacture Use End of life

Global warming potential down by 25%
(
CO
2
, N
2
0, SF
6
)

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LCA experience



Enables design of ecoefficient products

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identifies significant environmental aspects


Enables comparisons with other suppliers’ products

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enhances our competitive edge


Helps increase environmental awareness

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builds company reputation and performance


Serves as basis for environmental product
declarations

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an ABB group
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wide objective

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Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)



Provides information on a product’s


environmental performance



Takes account of materials, energy,


emissions & waste over a product’s


life cycle



Used for R&D and marketing




user benefits, recycling, disposal




Over 30 EPDs produced,


covering all product segments

Good for business
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good for the environment

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Motorformer
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environmental benefits


Low losses, high efficiency


More compact system,

less space


No transformer

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no oil risks (fire, spillage)


Less maintenance


No materials of

environmental concern

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no epoxy
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resin


High recyclability

Builds on ABB’s powerformer technology platform

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ABB’s development of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Web tools

1995

2000

1991

Joint projects
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university collaboration, ISO standardization

LCA studies
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switchgear, motors, etc.

LCA introduced in ABB’s environmental
management program

LCA integrated in
business area
strategies

A B B ’ s L C A t o o l
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E c o l a b

Database

Database

Database

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Future development
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Web technology

A pioneering development by ABB

An ABB environmental design handbook



information, instructions, search facilities



Design for Environment (DFE), Life Cycle


Assessment (LCA), EcoLab LCA tool,


Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs),


Standards (ISO), Self
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training courses



For global access by ABB designers on our


internal website



to share experience



to design new products

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