Schneider Electric unveils EcoStruxure for life science segment to propel sustainability in Indian pharma

Our Bureau, BengaluruMonday, June 10, 2024, 14:15 Hrs  [IST]

Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and NextGen automation, has launched EcoStruxure for life sciences segment. This cutting-edge software technology aims to accelerate the efficiency and decarbonization of the pharmaceutical sector by facilitating the transition to Pharma 4.0.
By harnessing digital technologies, EcoStruxure for life sciences promises to reduce up to 70% of carbon emissions by leveraging universal automation to develop smart facilities, manufacturing, supply chains, and sustainability. The IoT-enabled solution is designed to drive water conservation, implement process electrification, foster sustainability by design, utilize green electricity, reduce Scope 1, 2, & 3 emissions, and promote circularity.
The pharmaceutical industry faces mounting pressure to adopt sustainable practices and minimize its environmental footprint. EcoStruxure for life sciences aims to enable pharmaceutical production and biotech facilities to become future-ready by integrating sustainability, resilience, and agility into their operations, accelerating the transition to Pharma 4.0.
Speaking at the launch, Arvind Kakru, vice president – industrial automation, Schneider Electric India said, “Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure for Life Sciences presents an excellent opportunity for the pharmaceutical sector to collaborate in achieving the country's climate goals by embracing Pharma 4.0. Our pioneering solutions will empower our customers and partners to embrace sustainability. The launch of our EcoStruxure solutions underscores our dedication to engaging with key stakeholders in the pharma industry and guiding them towards the future of Pharma in India.”
The key focus pillars for obtaining sustainability in life science through EcoStruxure solutions include: Water conservation, process electrification and sustainability by design. It will empower the sector to reduce its Scope 1 & Scope 2 emissions by offering consulting solutions covering decarbonisation and energy strategy, energy management solutions, carbon capture technology, green hydrogen solutions, and integrated power and process solutions.   Collaborating closely with upstream suppliers and partners to ensure the sourcing of 100% circular materials and ingredients while managing waste efficiently. It will deploy the best practices by leveraging data, tracking carbon emissions throughout the portfolio, and identifying priority areas for continuous improvement. Leveraging low-carbon design standards for major projects, implementing supply-side management, harnessing digital tools and digital twin technologies, and promoting green certificates. 
With AVEVA PI System which is an industry-leading data management solution that collects and stores data from any location and source, it will offer operational insight, faster analysis of critical data, and expanded visibility of remote assets and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensors, helping the pharma facility operate more efficiently and sustainably.
Schneider Electric provides collaborative robots (cobots) that are designed to work alongside human operators to enhance efficiency, safety, and productivity in life science applications. They can perform tasks such as lab automation, sample handling, and packaging with precision and reliability. These are ideal for protecting sterile environments from contamination and can complete repetitive tasks with low error once programmed.