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Abb Paris Agreement

ABB has published a white paper in which it states that high-efficiency engines and VODs (variable-speed engines) alone could achieve more than 40% of the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions needed to meet the paris climate agreement targets for 2040. It calls on governments and industries around the world to accelerate the adoption of these technologies in order to contribute to the fight against climate change. Independent research estimates, if these systems were replaced by optimized, high-efficiency appliances, the benefits to be realized could reduce global electricity consumption by up to 10%. The result would be a reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions needed to meet the climate targets set by the 2040 Paris Agreement. ABB believes that the digital transformation of the global industry – with AI at the centre – will meet the challenge of providing clean and abundant food, water, energy and mobility with future needs. In 2019, we expanded our scope 3 emissions assessment to better understand the climate impact of ABB`s supply chain. The results indicate that our upstream emissions of Scope 3 are about six times larger than our Scope 1 and Scope 2 shows. With this evaluation, we will be able to conduct more useful discussions with our suppliers on the topic of climate protection. ABB said that drive and propulsion technologies have advanced rapidly over the past decade, with today`s designs offering energy efficiency. But many of the industrial electric motor systems that operate today — about 300 metres in the world — are inefficient or consume much more electricity than is necessary, leading to waste of energy. ABB`s current climate change target is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by the end of 2020 from the original level in 2013. In 2019, ABB`s total greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) were 998 kilotons, a reduction of 8.7% compared to 2018 and a 41% reduction from 2013. This new methodology alone represented 19 percentage points of the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions reported in 2017.

Regulatory policy is one of the main drivers of industrial investment in energy efficiency worldwide. While the EU will implement its Ecodesign Regulation (EU 2019/1781) this year, which sets new requirements for a growing range of energy-efficient engines, many countries still need to take action. International and national measures to mitigate climate change are key business leaders for ABB. At several ABB sites, we are gradually introducing energy monitoring and management systems. The number of sites equipped with certified energy management systems has more than doubled in the past two years. In 2018, ABB Finland implemented a certified energy management system and installed ABB Ability cpmPlus Energy Manager software at all sites.

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