UK Manufacturers Face Up to the Challenges of Sustainable Production and Recycling

By Made In Group
schedule15th May 23

This week’s Virtual Breakfast Morning from the Made in Group saw industry leaders gather to share their experiences regarding a variety of important industry topics, including a designated group which discussed challenges and solutions regarding 'Reusing Resources, Recycling & Sustainability'.

The manufacturing industry in the UK is one of the most important sectors for the economy, accounting for around 10% of GDP and employing millions of people. However, as we face a growing global climate crisis, the industry faces significant challenges in ensuring sustainable practices, reusing resources, and recycling materials.

One of the major challenges faced by UK manufacturers is the issue of resource efficiency. The manufacturing process often involves the use of large amounts of energy and natural resources such as water, oil, and minerals. The industry needs to find ways to reduce the amount of resources used in production processes to minimise waste and environmental impact.

The UK manufacturing industry also faces the challenge of shifting towards a low-carbon economy. The government has set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions, and manufacturers must adopt sustainable practices to meet these targets. This includes investing in renewable energy, reducing waste, and using sustainable materials.

A big challenge with implementing means of sustainability is the resources and funds it requires to be invested - particularly in the short term. One solution suggested within the discussion was to have better access to, and knowledge of, the wealth of grants and government initiatives which exist out there - as often firms are not in-the-know about the opportunities available.

Achieving certifications, such as the ISO14001 Environmental Management, were voiced in the discussion as being an effective means of business not only being closer to reaching their own sustainability goals, but also by enhancing a brand and its reputation, developing new partnerships, and furthering innovation.

Another important point made was regarding company's speaking about the sustainability measures they are putting in place - as this is not only beneficial in terms of marketing themselves - but it also provides a level of transparency which others can potentially learn from and aspire to.

In conclusion, the UK manufacturing industry faces significant challenges in terms of sustainability, resource efficiency, and recycling. However, these challenges also present opportunities for innovation and collaboration, and the industry must work together to develop sustainable practices that can support a low-carbon economy and a more sustainable future - which Made in Group aims to facilitate.


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