edie launches new report on achieving a green recovery for the manufacturing sector

edie has today (29 September) published the first in a new series of reports looking at how businesses from key sectors can respond to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic by focusing on a green recovery. First up, the manufacturing sector.

edie launches new report on achieving a green recovery for the manufacturing sector

The report outlines the Covid-19 challenges that manufacturers face

Accounting for more than 60% of direct industrial emissions in the UK, manufacturing is an energy-intensive industry that has been striving for decades to improve energy productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new push towards net-zero in the UK had been largely welcomed by manufacturing firms, but then the hideous impacts of the coronavirus hit.

As part of edie’s brand-new Mission Possible: Green Recovery campaign – which supports sustainability, energy and CSR professionals on our collective mission to drive a green recovery across all major industries in the UK – this latest series of reports will explore why a green recovery is so important for the respective industries being analysed; what a green recovery actually looks like for businesses large and small within those industries; and how sustainability and energy professionals can drive a green recovery from within.


The report has been created in assistance with Centrica Business Solutions and uses exclusive results from edie’s green recovery survey of 243 sustainability and energy professionals. This manufacturing report has also been produced with guidance from in-depth discussions with a steering panel of sustainability experts from some of the world’s most respected manufacturers in the vanguard of sustainability leadership.

As well as featuring a foreword from Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, this report features the results of that exclusive survey, insight from the steering panel and key boxouts on how collaboration, innovation, net-zero and the COP26 climate conference will shape the confidence of the sector in delivering radical decarbonisation. Importantly, the report highlights the appetite within the manufacturing sector to deliver a sustainable future through new ways of thinking today.

“To make ourselves ready for this opportunity, reading this edie report is a great start. Here you can read about what others are doing and you can choose to ignore, ask more questions, or even act, on the many important insights offered into the position we find ourselves in,” Evans said.

“In my own reading, I noted the importance of collaborative action – whether ‘future-proofing value chains’ or building ‘next zero clusters’ and I hope the report acts as a spur to work better together for that exciting future.”

Click here to download the report.

edie staff

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