Industrial sustainability software solutions

Digital solutions to save energy costs, optimize consumption, environmental, social and governance (ESG)  reporting

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If you are looking to deliver on sustainability commitments in process industries:
  • centralize data collection to create transparency
  • improve processes and energy recovery systems to decrease consumption
  • integrate renewable generation and substitute fuels to use sustainable energy
  • optimize supply and demand to decrease energy cost
  • embrace new business models for low CO2 products


ABB sustainability strategy 2030

Our offering

Embed sustainability at your core and realize your full potential through systems integration

by solution type
by industry

Expert Insights

Your Sustainability journey

Designing, deploying and maintaining the optimal site-wide or enterprise-wide energy management and emission control strategy is a large engineering and operational challenge, one that requires a wide span of competencies, engineering tools, architecture approaches and service capabilities in order to identify the most performing and cost-effective solution for each process area and site. Typical steps and modular approach for deploying a digital solution such as energy management are:

  • Monitor: Monitoring energy usage at plant and process level with real-time visual displays and data
  • Identify: Identify best performance of process areas and opportunities for improvement
  • Report: Report energy consumption patterns of process areas and production lines
  • Analyze: Analyze inefficiencies in plant and process areas
  • Alarm: Alarm capabilities – enable corrective measures to be taken immediately
  • Forecast: Forecast energy consumption schedules for process areas based on production plans and measured consumption
  • Optimize: Solve economic real-time optimization problems consisting of own generation, trading and using of energy in industrial plants and power plants


of companies are increasing investment in Industrial IoT
specifically to address sustainability aims

Analyst and ABB views

IoT Analytics
ARC Advisory Group

Most current IoT projects can contribute to achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) and UN’s 2030 mission

Manufacturing sustainability at the center of investment strategies

Environmentally sustainable operations require companies to act tactically and strategically

Set ambitious sustainability goals beyond the benchmarking trap

CO2 emissions


by 2030

Reduce energy, water,
raw material use




by 2030

Transition to
new energy sources


energy price fluctuations


Sell energy, certificates,
services to the grid




"ABB's energy management solution is good. I know companies offering similar products, but in my opinion, the ABB one is the best."

Franz Fuchs, MMK Frohnleiten mill

Industrial demand-side energy management in Mayr-Melnhof Karton cartonboard mill

The electricity spot price in Austria is highly volatile, so if electricity use can be dynamically scheduled to low-price periods, significant cost savings can be achieved. The required solution needs to adjust to the electricity price, and take all relevant process restrictions and production targets into account. Industrial Demand Side Energy Management with intelligent planning optimizes operation according to electricity spot price, providing power consumption forecast for electricity purchase. Intermediate storage ensures that neither pulp nor paper production is interrupted or reduced, able to serve as a virtual battery, to be charged and discharged according to the electricity price.


“ABB’s collaborative approach, global technology leadership and digital expertise was key to our decision to choose them as our partner. Their foresight of what we want to achieve through this digitalization project will bring new levels of efficiency in our operations and create an even more desirable workplace of continuous learning for this and the next generation of workers.”

Magnus Björkman, President of Södra Cell Business Area

Södra selects ABB for digital transformation partnership to create the optimal pulp mill of the future

ABB and Södra have entered a long-term, strategic partnership to co-develop a roadmap to drive new levels of efficiency, engagement and digitalization across Södra’s enterprise to ultimately define the next generation mill.

Södra’s intent is to build its digital capabilities and increase efficiency, sustainability and circular resource utilization throughout the value chain using the full industrial digitalization technology stack including ABB’s 800xA Distributed Control System (DCS), advanced software applications to maximize visibility, reliability, productivity and energy efficiency and ABB Ability™ Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite, a platform with the ability to collate and contextualize data from diverse sources


“Previously we found it difficult juggling all the hydrate injection points with other pressing plant distractions. Now it is all handled by Expert Optimizer” - to minimize violations of SO2 emissions while reducing hydrate consumption"

Wolfgang Schulz, Plant Operator at CEMEX

ABB Ability™ Expert Optimizer improved SO2 emission control at a CEMEX plant in Germany

ABB utilized established advanced process control techniques to reduce emission variability. This allowed the plant to run closer to targets and constraints, ensuring zero emission violations while decreasing unnecessary hydrate overdosing and consumption. 

The controller reduced operator workload by automatically optimizing the short-term exhaust SO2 target based on the current daily average. There are two optimization modes that allow the operator to select either normal or aggressive optimization, based on whether to target the daily average below the limit at the end of the day or within the next 30 minutes. ABB Ability™ Expert Optimizer automatically adjusts the multiple feeder points of lime hydrate to ensure the SO2 and HCL targets are stringently met.

“The ventilation control with empirical model has been shown to reduce energy requirements by up to 50%.”

Healthy working environment and energy savings with digital optimization-APC at Chilean mine

Remote control of equipment, ventilation demands based on 176 sensors, 100+ regulators/gates, Smart Air, tracking system inputs – with multivariable control models.

Ventilation on demand integrated with 3rd party location system, traffic control and fire detection system.

A digital model of ventilation system calculates optimal set points for all components / given demand, with feedback control


"We chose to work with ABB because there was no other supplier with an equivalent industrial-scale product.”

Site-wide optimization of gas and other energy assets for steelmaking process

At a steel plant with annual capacity of up to 5 million tons, complex distribution networks for electricity, steam, by-product gases and imported fuels make up to 20% of production cost

Assists gas dispatching, calculates optimal power production based on real-time data and adapted to power market

Optimizes energy consumption and secures energy availability considering steam yield, consumption of by-product gases, energy purchase and production including site power plants and turbines

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Cyber security and data ownership

ABB's industrial sustainability software solutions support all the deployment variants needed: on premise, on ABB managed or customer manages cloud, on customer private cloud / data center. You own your data. We ensure defence in depth cyber security, data protection, reliability, privacy, intellectual property.

The Cyber Security Reference Architecture is an ABB-developed design standard for industrial systems and associated security controls. ABB engineering teams use the architecture during system deployments, and ABB service units use it to update and modernize existing customer networks to bring them in line with current cyber security standards and best practices.

ABB Ability™ digital services have successfully improved the cyber security of industrial sites across the globe. Many customers have scheduled risk assessments as part of their ongoing annual service agreements, while others have implemented cyber security analytics dashboards to continuously monitor, diagnose and resolve security issues.


ABB’s security measures in the Reference Architecture meet or exceed IEC 62443-3-3 security level 2 (SL2) as defined in foundational requirement section 5 (RE5). It also aligns with other common standards such as the NIST framework, ISO 27001 and NERC-CIP. Implementing the reference architecture does not guarantee passage of external certification audits; however, ABB can support compliance for specific security standards with additional recommendations.

Digital transformation partnership: you think big, we get practical.

For every industrial operation ambitious about Industry 4.0, ABB has built a framework to help drive and manage a complex change.
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