Yokogawa’s New Carbon Tracer Propels Sustainability

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the development and release of OpreX Carbon Footprint Tracer, a solution in the OpreX™ Transformation lineup. Particularly, it targets the carbon footprint management needs of companies in the process manufacturing industries.

OpreX Carbon Footprint Tracer is a cloud service that calculates CO2 emissions based on measurement data and other types of primary information collected. Specifically, from instrumentation systems, power monitors, and other systems, and a consultation service. Thus, it aids in the formulation of strategies for calculating and reducing CO2 emissions. This is a total solution for the manufacturing industries that enables the visualization and reduction of CO2 emissions.

For the calculation of CO2 emissions, this service realizes seamless integration with the SAP® Sustainability Footprint Management service and ERP solutions offered by SAP. Hence, enabling the visualization and management of product carbon footprint (PCF) based on European standards. The

support for European standards and linkage with the SAP Sustainability Footprint Management service is a world first. For that reason, it gives companies in the process manufacturing industries the ability to both visualize and manage their PCF.

Development Background

Efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 are accelerating worldwide, and Europe is leading the way in carbon-neutral-related activities. Particularly, by the region’s initiative to implement PCF solutions that use measurement data and other primary information to evaluate the impact of climate change over the entire product life cycle.

Recently, the region passed regulations such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) tariff and the introduction of the Digital Product Passport (DPP) tool. Thus, the need to support these policies is particularly urgent.

Yokogawa Digital, a Yokogawa subsidiary, has leveraged the company’s wealth of information and operational technology (IT and OT) to develop OpreX Carbon Footprint Tracer. Moreover, the company has linked them with the SAP Sustainability Footprint Management service. Thus, this solution enables the visualization and management of PCF based on carbon-neutral standards.

Product Features

Quick and accurate assessment of emissions data for verification of emissions reduction measures

Utilizing Yokogawa’s data collection technology, this solution automatically collects data from sensors and systems. Specifically, including those from other vendors, to assess the operational parameters for individual products and update a PCF dashboard.

This makes it easier to audit CO2 emissions by providing operational data as evidence.

Management of PCF based on European CO2 emission-related laws and regulations

Meanwhile, the linkage of data with the SAP Sustainability Footprint Management service developed by SAP gives immense advantage. Primarily, this solution aids in the creation of dashboard displays and outputs reports that support WBCSD*1 PACT*2, Catena-X*3, and other European emissions-related laws and regulations.

In addition, as this is offered as a cloud service, it can be readily updated in response to changes in laws and regulations.

Provision of consultation on emissions reduction in tandem with EMS and supply chain optimization

Moreover, Yokogawa has multiple solutions such as energy management systems (EMS) that serve to reduce CO2 emissions. Particularly, by optimizing energy consumption and improving the procurement of raw materials.

While putting these solutions to good use, the company will also provide consultation on emissions reduction planning and aid in the implementation of emissions reduction solutions that rely on OpreX Carbon Footprint Tracer to accurately measure PCF.


*1 WBCSD: World Business Council for Sustainable Development

*2 PACT: Partnership for Carbon Transparency is hosted by WBCSD

*3 Catena-X: An open data ecosystem for the automotive industry designed to create data chains that enhance the value chain

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