Strategic Focus: The Role Of Operations Managers In Implementing Net Zero Strategies

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Executive Summary

Achieving net zero emissions is becoming increasingly important for organizations, as a result of regulatory demands, investor pressure and rising energy prices. As their roles continue to evolve, operations managers must redefine their strategies to meet net zero targets. Managers must focus on using data to provide insight, define roadmaps, align business objectives, improve collaboration and enhance analytics. In doing so, they will optimize operational efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint and extend asset life – all while managing significant changes in production processes, supply chains and investment opportunities. This report offers guidance to operations managers on how to prepare for, adapt to and embrace their new responsibilities to meet net zero initiatives. It also provides insight into how they can transform their roles, to achieve net zero targets and remain competitive in the market.

Table of contents

Navigating Net Zero Initiatives Requires Operations Managers To Redefine Current Strategies
Net Zero Strategies Are At The Forefront Of Operations
Operations Managers Will Face Significant Changes As A Result Of Net Zero Initiatives
Data Management And Reporting Will Be Key To Reaching Net Zero Targets
Operations Managers Must Be Prepared To Take On New Responsibilities To Achieve Net Zero Targets

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Figure 1. The Role Of Operations Managers In Implementing Net Zero Strategies
Figure 2. Technologies And Approaches For Net Zero

About the authors

Kiran Darmasseelane

Senior Analyst
Kiran is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix Operational Excellence practice. His current research agenda focuses on emerging solutions and global market trends across the process industries, with a particular interest in APM, AIP and process simulation solutions. Prior to joining Verdantix, Kiran worked at Siemens DI, where he gained experience in advanced process modelling and digital twin technologies. Kiran holds an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Malavika Tohani

Research Director, Operational Excellence
Malavika leads the Verdantix Operational Excellence practice. Her current research agenda focuses on digital technologies for Operational Excellence including digital twins and software solutions for industrial risk and asset management. Malavika has over 15 years’ experience in research and strategy consulting. Malavika previously worked at Frost & Sullivan, managing and delivering advisory projects for clients involving expansion, acquisition, benchmarking and product development strategies. Malavika holds a MSc in Economics from Madras School of Economics.

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