Energy and sustainable development

Energy and sustainable development: sector context and figures

The EU Directives in the climate and energy framework adopted in 2009 signalled the launch of an ambitious renewable energy policy aiming to limit greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency.
Under this programme, the proportion of renewable energy consumed in France by 2030 is slated to rise to 32%, aiming to reduce greenhouse gasses by 40% compared to 1990 levels.

These objectives are translated into concrete measures:

  • Increased production of renewable energies from resources (wind, renewable marine energies, geothermal, hydroelectric, photovoltaic solar, thermal solar, concentrated solar power)
  • Renewable energy production from the biomass or waste (wood, biofuels, biogasses, household waste)
  • Storage of surplus energy via Power to Gas systems
  • Incineration and storage of hazardous industrial waste
  • Re-utilisation of non-recyclable waste
  • Other environmental measures

The equipment, systems and industrial sites that energy companies manage are in constant evolution: innovation, construction and renovation of the infrastructures, bringing them up to code, maintenance and so forth, are ongoing activities. Moreover, they are subject to highly stringent environmental directives and heavy budgetary and margin constraints.

development of new wind power capacity in Europe by 2026
Europe ranks
in the world after Asia in wind farm production

Challenges for energy companies

Against this backdrop of increasing renewable energy capacities and sustainable development growth, the design, construction and operation of the assets involved (technical, financial, regulatory etc.) are a formidable challenge involving a great number of players. To meet Directive-imposed deadlines, project cycles need to be accelerated without losing track of costs and risks.
Overhauling and adapting the electricity grid, for instance, entails more than just the technical transformation; it means reorganising the relationships among sector players: grid managers, producers, and consumers.

There is a growing need to envision projects in their entirety, up through dismantling. From the viewpoint of sustainable development, the obsolescence of an infrastructure is accounted for systematically from the design stages. The principle of eco-design encompasses the environmental impact of a facility all through its lifecycle, systematically building in its recycling at the end of its useful lifetime.

Managing the complex and critical infrastructures for the production and delivery of energy, plus storage and waste, calls for solutions to accelerate the digitisation of the installations, and to structure data sharing, communications and information flows. This strengthens the traceability  capacity of the infrastructures and coordination among in-house personnel, subcontractors and suppliers.

The PLM solution for energy and sustainable development projects

The success of a project depends on having reliable and up-to-date information available to everyone at all times. thinkproject’s PLM software is a web solution that manages all documents and data pertaining to energy infrastructures (drawings, documents, regulatory requirements, and more) and evolves along with those installations.

Positioned at the hub of a company’s information system, our PLM solution facilitates sharing and tracking of all documents and data (drawings, reports…), regulatory constraints relating to installations and systems all through their lifecycles, from design to dismantling. Collaboration among all actors is facilitated, whilst ensuring digital traceability and continuity.

The critical nature of the installations coupled with profitability imperatives necessitate accurate tracking of changes and each person’s responsibilities. Our PLM software allows you to plan, analyse and follow up the impacts of all developments and changes. The validation process ensures quality procedures, compliance with standards and tracking of danger alerts. In addition, the processes of evaluation, impact and project modification studies, as well as the feedback from the first stages of deployment (trials, pilot phases, etc.) provide a consolidated knowledge base the company can capitalise on to launch new projects.

thinkproject’s PLM software thus ensures dynamic management of the infrastructure asset base and construction projects, their maintenance and renovation: optimisation of delivery times and costs, reduced risk, better knowledge of environmental issues and other aspects.

Deliveries at project end are not always easy. With our PLM solution, all project-linked documentation is compiled in the database as the project moves forward, making sure that the information on all assets is always available for verification and updating. In the same manner, dismantling an infrastructure calls for rigorous planning: all the information on projects must be available, enabling participants to respond rapidly to events and complications as they develop.

Another advantage is that our solution, by virtue of its reporting and analytic functions, can detect bottlenecks and prevent delays and risks. As a result, the company’s decision making becomes smoother and processes roll out faster. 

Key functions for energy and sustainable development

  • Monitoring and sharing documents and data
  • Co-operation of all the stakeholders intervening
  • Planning and works follow-up
  • Dashboards and reporting
  • Traceability and digital continuity
  • Monitoring of impacts

Benefits for energy and sustainable development companies


Direct access to verified and unified information
No information retrieval
Internal and external collaboration cycle reduced by 70%
Automatic generation of deliverables
Maximum availability of your infrastructure


Immediate identification of the impacts of changes
Monitoring of responsibilities and traceability of trades
Drastic reduction of errors
Guarantee of conformity of equipment
Time spent on quality controls reduced by 50%
Automating alerts and controls


Accurate monitoring of project progress
Control of engineering and operating costs
Comparison of subcontractors and identification of delays in rendering
Planning new projects based on existing portfolio
Consolidation of project knowledge and feedback
Projects launched accelerated by 30%

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