Stopping Climate Change / Net-zero emissions


Yokogawa pursues renewable and low-carbon energy as business focus areas through which to achieve net-zero emissions. We have built long-term relationships of trust with customers in the energy industry based on our numerous successes in this field. We leverage these relationships to offer solutions for renewable energy and safe and highly reliable control systems for greater LNG supply chain efficiency, contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainability Targets

KPI for 2030

Related SDGs Summary of value creation stories Sustainability KPIs Targets for FY30
     Contribute to avoid CO2 emissions through offering of renewable energy and LNG solutions Avoided CO2 emissions
(Cumulative from 2018)
1 billion tons-CO2

Avoided CO2 emissions; contribution to avoidance compared to average fossil fuel usage

KPI for 2020

Related SDGs Value creation themes Sustainability KPIs Results of FY17 Targets for FY20
   Renewable energy/
Low-carbon energy
Avoided CO2 emissions
(Cumulative from 2018)

Value Creation Themes

1 Renewable Energy

Contribute to the growth of renewable energy through solutions for the monitoring, control, data collection, and facilities maintenance for the stable and efficient operation of wind, biomass, and other sources of renewable energy.

2 Low-Carbon Energy

Create a safe and efficient LNG supply chain in concert with customers and partners to respond to increasing demand for LNG, a source of low-carbon energy. Here, we will bring our wealth of experience and history of success in the natural gas and LNG instrument industry to bear.

Case Study: Yamal LNG Project Contributes to a Low-Carbon Society (Russia)

Set up a global project structure, provide instrument systems supporting large-scale production plants
Conduct safe and efficient LNG plant operations in harsh conditions as low as -50° C
Transition to low-carbon by shifting away from oil and coal to natural gas which emits much lower levels of CO2

The Yamal LNG Project is one of the largest resource development projects in Russia, located on the eastern shore of the Yamal peninsula in the arctic region of Northwest Russia. Ultimately consisting of three trains, the project will have the capacity to produce an annual total of 16.5 million tons of LNG. Recently completed, Train 1 and 2 began shipping to England and other destinations from December 2017 and August 2018.

Our involvement in the project consists of product and system engineering, installation, testing, and operations training. Our instrument system serving as the brains and nerves of large-scale production plant includes the CENTUM® VP (integrated control system), ProSafe®-RS (safety instrumented system), Exaquantum ™ (plant information management system), PRM® (integrated equipment management software package), analyzer shelter (installation and storage for analysis and sampling equipment), training simulators, and more.

We have built a structure to oversee this large-scale project, headed by our regional management company of Europe in the Netherlands and overseeing group companies located in Singapore, India, the Philippines, Russia, and other countries. We worked toward the plant launch through the efforts of employees from many different countries. We assign resident engineering staff to perform 24/7 support for mission critical plants in operation in the Arctic. We also provide remote support from Moscow to monitor system health on an ongoing basis, contributing to the safe and efficient operation of the LNG plant.

Natural gas emits much lower levels of CO2 compared to coal, oil, or other fossil fuels. Natural gas is not only in demand for electricity production, but also enjoys increasing demand in industry and transport industries where electricity is difficult to use as a source of energy.

By helping Asia and other regions shift to natural gas and away from oil and coal, we work together with our customers to encourage the development of a low-carbon society.

- Message from Employee -

It is both a privilege and a challenge to lead a major programme like YAMAL LNG. The size of the project; the extreme geographical location; and the organisational and technical complexity are challenges that we have to overcome. On the other hand, the opportunity to work and collaborate with many of our Yokogawa offices in Europe, Asia and Russia is a noteworthy experience. With the production capacity of YAMAL LNG contracted mostly to consumers in the Far East, I like to think that in some form we are able to contribute in the decades to come towards the low carbon energy transformation of Asia, and in simple terms to improve the quality of life of people in cities like Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and hopefully Manila (where I’ m originally from) – to breath cleaner air.

Marvin Nepomuceno  Project Director  Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V.

Case Study: First 2nd Generation Bioethanol Plant in Southern Hemisphere: One of World's Largest (Brazil)

GranBio, a Brazilian industrial biotech company, started operation of the Sao Miguel dos Campos second-generation bioethanol* plant, the first plant of its type in the southern hemisphere, in early 2014. This plant has a production capacity of 82 million liters of biofuel per year, which makes it one of the largest such facilities in the world. Materials such as sugarcane bagasse and straw are readily available in Brazil, and it is hoped that these materials can be a stable energy source.

Yokogawa's contribution

As the main automation contractor (MAC) for this plant, Yokogawa performed basic design and delivery of the control system and field instrumentation. Biofuel manufacturing involves step-by-step processes under appropriate temperature control, consisting of pretreatment of raw materials, enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation, and distillation/separation. Yokogawa's CENTUM VP integrated production control system automatically controls a series of complex processes according to the preprogrammed conditions for each production process, such as temperature and pressure, thereby contributing to high-quality, stable production. Various Yokogawa field instruments are installed throughout the extensive plant site, including magnetic flowmeters and pressure/differential pressure transmitters. Although some of these instruments are exposed to high temperature processes and other harsh conditions and/or are mounted in high, narrow, and other difficult to access locations, Yokogawa's Plant Resource Manager (PRM) asset management package enables integrated monitoring of the health of all field instruments from the central control room. In this way, Yokogawa is supporting safe and efficient operation of the entire plant.

To a sustainable society

Based on its highly reliable products as well as its extensive experience and track record, Yokogawa will continue to contribute to the improvement of production efficiency and safe and reliable operation throughout the lifecycles of customers' plants. In the renewable energy field, the company is committed to contributing to a stable supply of clean energy in order to realize a sustainable global environment in collaboration with customers.

*Amid concerns about the correlation between greenhouse gases generated from burning fossil fuels, etc. and global warming, as well as food shortages worldwide, second-generation bioethanol made from non-food sources such as woodchips and straw, as opposed to the first-generation bioethanol made from edible resources such as corn, has been attracting attention in recent years as a renewable energy source.

Plant view
Plant view

Central control room