As the world faces increasing environmental challenges, organisations are embracing sustainable technology solutions to contribute to a greener future.
Heavy industries, such as the oil and gas sector, are facing various Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) problems. These concerns are already affecting how companies operate and interact with the public, making sustainable technologies vital in this day and age.
Organisations like Magellan X are spearheading sustainable technology and revolutionising industries and worksites through their Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) solutions. From reducing waste and conserving energy, to optimising operations and promoting employee safety, these sustainable technology solutions are integrative and innovative in their approach.
What is Sustainable Technology?
Sustainable technology is technology that promotes environmental and social responsibility. It prioritises the well-being of individuals and communities, and involves the use of technological developments that attempt to minimise the impact of human activities on the environment.
For example, initiatives such as renewable energy or electric vehicles fall under sustainable technology, and are intended to conserve natural resources and reduce environmental impacts.
The concept of “sustainability” involves close cooperation between multiple industries, blending health, safety, security, environment, and social performance, combined with technical and commercial considerations.
In Singapore, sustainability efforts are a high priority, with multiple government initiatives such as the Singapore Green Plan 2030 being present across industries. The usage of technology to support this sustainability strategy is of utmost importance.
How does technology help sustainability?
Technology plays a crucial role in achieving sustainability goals by providing tools and systems that promote responsible practices, reduce environmental impact, and foster continuous improvement in various industries. Embracing sustainable technology solutions such as those by Magellan X offers several significant advantages:
1. Improves operational efficiency
Sustainable technology solutions, such as those offered by Magellan X, are instrumental in helping organizations optimize their operations. By minimizing resource consumption, reducing waste, and streamlining processes, these solutions drive operational efficiency to new heights. These improvements not only contribute to a reduced environmental footprint but also translate into cost savings and enhanced productivity.
2. Ensure Compliance with EHS standards & regulations
In today’s business landscape, adherence to Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) is tightening constantly. It’s essential for organizations to maintain a safe working environment and minimize their impact on the natural world. Sustainable technology plays a pivotal role in helping businesses meet these standards. By implementing effective monitoring and control systems, such as SOL-X’s Crew Protect by Magellan X, business leaders can ensure compliance with EHS regulations. These systems provide near real-time visibility into safety metrics, enabling businesses to identify and address potential issues before they escalate.
3. Enhancing reputation as a sustainable industry leader
As public awareness and demand for sustainable practices grow, organisations are increasingly scrutinised for their environmental performance. By leveraging solutions like those offered by Magellan X, businesses can not only meet but exceed stakeholder expectations. This commitment to sustainability can differentiate them as industry leaders, enhancing their reputation and fostering trust among customers, investors, and the broader public.
Environmentally sustainable technology also serves as a catalyst for organisations to achieve their sustainability objectives by providing innovative solutions that contribute to environmental protection, social responsibility, and economic growth. By embracing these technologies, businesses can reap the benefits and stand out as industry leaders.
3 Great Examples of Sustainable Technology
1. ecoMax: The Best of Industrial Decarbonisation
As the world grapples with the challenges of climate change, industrial decarbonisation plays a critical role in achieving global emission reduction targets. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption is paramount to achieving net-zero goals. 80% of shipowners agree that net-zero-emission vessels are a necessary development, and Magellan X’s ecoMax solution can help owners move towards this goal.
Our solutions tackle this challenge using AI, by enabling businesses to analyse their emissions across various industrial sectors. It is designed to enhance environmental management practices and reduce their carbon footprint. By leveraging data-driven analytics and reporting capabilities, ecoMax enables businesses to measure, monitor, and report on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accurately.
In particular, ecoMax enhances operational efficiency by providing a single-page interface for self-diagnostic asset monitoring. The system offers automated reporting, advisory services, and optimisation analysis, empowering organisations to benchmark their performance, identify areas for improvement, and streamline operations. Furthermore, ecoMax’s tamper-proof carbon emissions certification ensures data integrity and compliance with environmental regulations.
2. PROPELLER: Transforming Fleet Management
Effective inventory management is essential for reducing waste and optimising resource utilisation.
Magellan X’s PROPELLER solution utilises mobile and Real-Time Location System (RTLS) technology, combined with mobile scanning capabilities, IIoT tracking, and RFID radar technology to streamline inventory management processes.
With PROPELLER, organisations can achieve near real-time inventory visibility at their fingertips, significantly reducing the time spent on stock reconciliation and minimising the risk of misplaced or missing parts. Accurate inventory views, ERP synchronisation, and unique IDs linked to all spares reduce excess stock and ensure complete accountability and streamlined operations. Our AI-powered analytics can also find opportunities for bulk orders and inventory aggregation, reducing the need for excess trips and cutting down on emissions.
By providing such near real-time inventory data, actionable insights, and smart procurement features, PROPELLER helps organisations minimise waste, improve efficiency, and adhere to sustainability best practices.
3. SOL-X: Digitalising Workers’ Health and Safety
Digitalisation and automation can bring both safety and efficiency. With Control Of Work, organisations can make the switch to a digital Permit to Work system. An average vessel uses 39,000 sheets of paper annually for PTW-related tasks. By eliminating the physical paperwork, ships can operate more sustainably on an environmental and operational level, and save 4600 man hours annually on a streamlined work process.
Additionally, a major part of sustainability is keeping people in mind. It’s necessary for organisations to avoid putting people at risk and impacting lives negatively. There’s a level of social responsibility that companies have to meet. As such, health and safety is the responsibility of employers. Using SOL-X’s Wearable SmartWatch systems, employees can be safeguarded reliably, fulfilling these obligations.
By integrating Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), SOL-X enhances regulatory compliance workflows, incident management capabilities, and near real-time data monitoring. This empowers workers to make informed decisions, reduces risks, and fosters a safer and more sustainable work environment.
Challenges & Solutions in Sustainable Digitalisation: How to Approach It at an Enterprise Level
Implementing Sustainable Technology at Scale
Problem: When it comes to heavy industries such as Oil & Gas, Maritime, Chemicals, Mining, and Construction, the worksite often spans a massive space that requires professional guidance.
Solution: Companies like Magellan X provide onboarding and on-site support. Our dedicated team of engineers support organisations throughout their sustainability journey. Technology solutions such as our PROPELLER service come with professional support. We conduct pre-audits, install the hardware, establish an inventory, and take the time to provide comprehensive training to the users. Providing professional guidance along with the service goes a long way towards creating a sustainable tech solution.
Data Privacy and Security
Problem: There is a need to balance digitalisation with data privacy and cybersecurity risk management. Cybersecurity risks associated with EHS technology include unauthorised access to sensitive data, software vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers, and potential data breaches that may expose confidential information.
Solution: Companies like Magellan X place a strong emphasis on data privacy and security. Our commitment to protecting user data and client confidentiality ensures that sensitive information is safeguarded. User information is encrypted for privacy, and our usage of world-class secure cloud service providers ensures that data has the highest degree of protection. By adhering to the highest standards of information security, and obeying GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance, Magellan X enables organisations to confidently embrace sustainable technology solutions without compromising data integrity or privacy.
Sustainable Technology Examples: Implementation in Action
Sustainable IT Solutions in the Maritime Industry
A Leading Shipping Multinational Company that adopted Magellan X’s SOL-X solution was able to cut down on wastage and increase efficiency. They initially suffered from a lack of visibility of workers and the misplacement of physical documents that greatly slowed down work. Manual paperwork was prone to human error and disorganised. Through SOL-X’s Control Of Work system, we helped them create a sustainable solution by eliminating the need for paper consumption and enhancing EHS compliance.
Additionally, the transition to a digital planning system reduced the average time to work by 44 minutes per Permit To Work (PTW). Workers were able to easily monitor and report on the status of jobs on-site through digital tablets, allowing for faster appraisals and stronger accountability.
The SOL-X SmartWatch gave supervisors the ability to monitor the health status of workers, and the Crew Assist feature helped protect them in the event of emergencies. Through innovative SOL-X solutions, the company was able to become more sustainable and look out for the health of workers.
Worker Safety in the Energy & Petrochemical Industries
The energy and petrochemical industries are constantly striving for sustainable practices to reduce their impact on the environment. Many struggle to meet EHS obligations, and a gap exists between their targets and practices. Sustainable technology can be implemented to resolve this.
An example is the Shipping Division of a Major Energy & Petrochemical Company that implemented SOL-X solution by Magellan X. Their initial challenges were difficulty in managing and implementing digitalisation, and promoting worker well-being.
We recognised that implementing a Digital Safety Framework might face resistance, so we developed an MoC (Management of Change) strategy with the company to highlight the benefits of this transformation to workers.
We also supported Crew Situational Awareness using SOL-X Crew Protect, which provided a monitoring platform that could protect workers and meet EHS obligations. By making use of the Wearable SmartWatch system to monitor the individual status of workers, the heart rate, heat exertion, and noise exposure of workers could be tracked, allowing better situational awareness.
Through these means, our sustainable technology solution helped the company take care of worker health and prioritise it under their EHS goals.
Join the Sustainable Technology Revolution with Magellan X Solutions
Sustainable technology is no longer just a trend, but a necessity for heavy industries. By partnering with Magellan X, your organisation can leverage the power of ecoMax, SOL-X, and PROPELLER to fulfil your Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) obligations and position yourselves as a forward-thinking industry leader committed to building a sustainable future today.