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.


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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