Climate change can no longer be ignored, especially in the UK. Britain is the largest net importer of emissions per capita worldwide. This is because we import products – and therefore emissions – from abroad. As a result, the government are committed to ensuring the UK becomes the first major economy to reach ‘net zero’.
Reaching net zero means taking the necessary steps to reduce emissions in the first instance, and then offsetting those that remain.
But the manufacturing industry (together with the transport and storage industries) is the third-largest direct (scope 1) greenhouse gas-emitting sector of the UK economy, at a 15% contribution. So, how can we achieve net zero? Technology could play an incredibly important part...
The goal is to reach net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. And this isn’t just a target – it’s an Act of Parliament, legally binding the UK to this commitment. The findings of the ‘Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’ report by the Committee on Climate Change called it “necessary, feasible and cost-effective”. This viability is largely thanks to available technologies and approaches.
Here, we explore how digital tools can play a role in your manufacturing SME to help accomplish this aim.