edie’s guides to net-zero carbon continues with manufacturing sector

Following the launch of edie’s net-zero guide on the utilities sector, edie has now launched the second of its insight reports, which investigates how the manufacturing industry is scaling up its decarbonisation ambitions.

— READ THE GUIDE ON MANUFACTURING HERE —

Published today (2 October), the 19-page report breaks down exactly how sustainability and energy professionals working for manufacturing can drive the low-carbon transition – from agreeing and setting targets to scaling up on-site solutions and delivering goals across the supply chain.

The report, supported by Centrica Business Solutions, follows the UK’s commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and the increasing focus on zero carbon which will see entire sectors’ processes and footprints radically altered, and shift industry away from a resource-intensive and fossil fuel reliant existence.

It includes insight into groundbreaking companies’ net-zero ambitions and showcases how the manufacturing sector can accelerate its overall targets. There is also a one-page infographic highlighting the key figures and statistics from the sector, providing a quick overview of where manufacturing currently sits in the overall net-zero movement – and what the targets are for the future.

Writing in the viewpoint that concludes the report, director of Centrica Business Solutions, Ian Hopkins, claimed that manufacturing could have a ‘huge impact’ by delivering on sustainability.

Hopkins said: “If 50% of UK manufacturers updated their energy infrastructure with green distributed energy technologies, our financial modelling shows that they could boost UK productivity by £12.9bn and achieve 7.2m tonnes of CO2 savings.

“Our latest research also reveals that sustainable business leaders, who see energy as an opportunity rather than a cost burden, are likely to have stronger finances. These forward thinking organisations recognise the importance of integrating energy sustainability into long-term business strategy to ensure that they deliver on emissions reduction goals.”

This new series of reports is inspired by Mission Possible – edie’s award-winning, purpose-driven campaign which is empowering businesses to ramp up efforts across all areas of sustainable development.

The full series will consist of seven reports, with later editions exploring what ‘net-zero’ looks like for retail, food & drink, construction, hospitality & leisure, and the public sector.

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