ABB launches Real Progress campaign to accelerate global sustainability

ABB launches Real Progress campaign to accelerate global sustainability

  • Technology and expertise from ABB are proving to customers that sustainability and productivity go hand in hand
  • ABB calls for action to accelerate global sustainability
  • Real Progress campaign begins with automation, electrification and digitalization in mining, metals and pulp and paper industries

ABB has today launched its new global sustainability initiative, showcasing the power of technology and expertise to accelerate sustainability while enhancing productivity. ABB’s Real Progress campaign is a rallying call to customers, partners and suppliers, inspiring them to harness technology leadership and the solutions that exist today to amplify their own impact across process industries such as mining, metals and pulp and paper.

For more than 130 years, the technology leader has been embedded in industries where emissions are hard to abate and where alternative solutions are either unavailable or difficult to practically implement. Today, ABB is combatting many changes happening in the world, such as rising emissions, water and energy scarcity and workforce skills challenges. The company is showing that the power of bold ideas and pioneering technologies can overcome these challenges, step by step, together with the wider industrial and societal ecosystem.

The decarbonization challenge unites the mining, metals and pulp and paper industries with leadership teams striving to meet increasing market demand with a more rapid increase in energy and resource efficiency to reach their committed sustainability targets such as more carbon-neutral operations. Across these vital process industries, there is a growing recognition that automation, electrification and digitalization are essential components of their journey towards meeting climate targets set out by businesses, legislation, governments and international agreements over the next 25 years and beyond.

“The journey toward sustainability isn't a gradual progression; it's a bold transformation. The actions and decisions we take today, together with every innovation we embrace, are powerful steps towards a sustainable future, and we're unapologetically leading the charge,” said Joachim Braun, Division President, ABB Process Industries. “Every day, ABB is working side by side with customers in their mines, their mills and their plants, to provide complete technology solutions with automation, electrification and digitalization to radically reduce emissions and energy use. Together with our great network of partners, we are proud of driving real progress in sustainability, but we know that more can and must be done. We’re part of the journey and commit to making real progress always.”

ABB is on a mission to embed sustainable practices in every process across diverse process industries. Video ABB
  • AI and ML, and remote digital services, are allowing customers to achieve levels of productivity that were previously unreachable. Image ABB
  • ABB has launched its Real Progress campaign across process industries, beginning with mining, metals and pulp and paper. Image ABB

In the process industries, Real Progress means helping customers through their energy transition with digitalization embedded in myriad ways. We begin by automating and electrifying operations, but then add the digital layer to enable customers to monitor, control, and then reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in real time.

“Every process industry must tackle climate change head on, with smart, accessible systems and solutions at the heart of their operations,” said Sanjit Shewale, Global Business Line Manager, Digital, ABB Process Industries. “It is only by harnessing existing data, analyzing it and understanding what it means quickly that effective decisions can be made. ABB has the domain knowhow across the likes of mining, metals and pulp and paper to enable the real progress that’s needed to shape the future world. Disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and remote digital services are allowing customers to achieve levels of productivity that were previously unreachable, running plants optimally, lowering energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions.”

“Sustainability isn't an option; it’s an imperative for every business leader in our rapidly evolving world. To thrive and create a better future, we must embrace sustainability at the core of our operations,” said Rohit Sharma, Global HSE and Sustainability Manager, ABB Process Industries. “It’s not only about being responsible but also about staying competitive and resilient in an ever-changing global landscape. Our commitment to sustainability today will define our success and impact generations to come.”

ABB’s Process Automation business automates, electrifies and digitalizes industrial operations that address a wide range of essential needs – from supplying energy, water and materials, to producing goods and transporting them to market. With its ~20,000 employees, leading technology and service expertise, ABB Process Automation helps customers in process, hybrid and maritime industries improve performance and safety of operations, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 140 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial


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