The manufacturing and engineering sector makes up a large proportion of the UK’s economy. While this is amazing for the people of the UK as the industry continues to create jobs and grow the financial state of the country, on a larger scale it can have a huge negative impact on the environment that surrounds us.
But all is not lost, there are plenty of ways in which manufacturers can improve the sustainability of their factories and we’re here to explain a few ways to get you started.
Making sure there is enough energy to operate the heavy machinery used within manufacturing may be difficult, but there are ways to reduce your carbon footprint while still being able to power your machines to their optimum level.
Start by identifying areas that can be improved. Sometimes even the smallest change can make a difference, such as changing your lightbulbs to energy saving bulbs. Alternatively, companies can look to integrate renewable energy sources like wind, sunlight, waves or rain to help power factories, like Tesla who have implemented the use of solar panels. Although, the best way to do this is to not rely on a single source. If you’re using solar power, for example, this will prove less effective in the winter.
Recycling isn’t an old term, but you’d be surprised just how many manufacturers don’t make use of their waste or discard it safely. There is the option to implement recycling bins, but the waste can go much further than your typical wheelie bin rubbish.
We recently wrote a blog which focused on innovative ways companies make use of food waste. Manufacturing companies could look into projects like these to help makes better use of their waste. Whether it be food, metal or plastic, one man’s rubbish is another’s treasure.
Don’t just look at what to do with your materials once you have them, look at where they are coming from. When choosing business partners who will import their materials, be sure to look at their policies. Do they have an eco-friendly process? By supporting fellow environmentally suppliers, you’ll enhance the impact your own company makes on the world around it.
While new machinery could be more environmentally friendly, it doesn’t mean you need to refurbish your whole factory. Instead, make sure your current equipment is well-maintained. A failing machine can not only hinder the process line, but it can also end up using more energy to work to your company’s standards.
When a machine is past the point of being able to be fixed and it’s time for it to be replaced, remember to shop around and see all of those that are available. Try to look at those with energy saving modes or other eco-friendly features to help towards reducing your carbon footprint.
Transforming your manufacturing factory may seem like a lengthy task but the long-term benefits far outweigh the effort it takes to make the changes. By sticking to methods that are known to improve the factory’s sustainability or taking time to research any alternatives, you can find what works best for your company and the world around it.
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