Energy and petrochemicals giant, Shell, industrial software, Aveva, and Schneider Electric have formed an alliance to support their respective and wider sectors’ transition to net zero. The companies will explore opportunities to co-develop integrated end-to-end energy solutions designed to power the decarbonisation of their customers in hard-to-abate industries, such as cement.

“This partnership represents another significant step forward. Shell, AVEVA and Schneider Electric intend to explore potential opportunities across digital solutions, technology, sustainability consulting, and energy supply capabilities to develop end to end integrated energy solutions to decarbonise our own businesses and wider sectors,” said Harry Brekelmans, projects & technology director at Shell.

Energy-intensive and heavy industry companies need trusted partners and solutions that can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase the effectiveness of their operational processes, and deliver greater energy efficiency, security, resilience, availability, and reliability. The partnership agreement between Schneider Electric, AVEVA, and Shell brings customers an enhanced set of integrated solutions with a range, scale, and scope that is greater than each could offer alone. The combination of their respective complementary consultative, technical, digital, and energy-specific capabilities—from high level process modelling, simulation, and advice to site-specific decarbonisation solutions—will have an immediate impact on industries.

Focusing on the cement sector initially, the newly formed alliance aims to reduce emissions by up to 15% for customers in a typical deployment. The approach will focus on enabling a more efficient transition to renewable energy sources. More accurate process analytics, improvements to dynamic tactical simulation, and digital integration for furnace and mill grinding process improvements will drive a reduction in resource use.

Aveva and Schneider Electric will contribute integrated digital engineering, operational process, and energy optimisation technologies, combined with deep sustainability expertise, to the alliance. These capabilities will support the design, construction, and more efficient operation of increasingly carbon neutral facilities. They will also help to create production plans that optimise the value chain and reduce GHG emissions.

Shell brings to the partnership end-to-end sustainable energy supply solutions, global project engineering capabilities, a large renewable energy generation and asset portfolio, as well as a broad range of sectoral sustainability solutions.