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Sustainable manufacturing

Manufacturing has a big part to play in achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It is our strong belief that action on digitalisation and sustainability are of equal importance and need to be embraced and delivered.

Non-labour resource costs required within manufacturing operations invariably exceed those of labour employed.

The case for reducing the amount of energy, raw materials and other resources expended, makes financial as well as environmental sense.

Our aim is to help engineers embrace resource productivity by embedding current good practice, promote peer-to-peer collaboration at scale and highlight the potent combination of digital and sustainable approaches to deliver success.

This page brings together our thought leadership reports, webinars, and other resources to keep you up to date on how we are dealing with this challenge.

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Featured video

Are we manufacturing sustainably?

AUG 2020


The global population is expected to rise to 9.3 billion by 2050, with continued ecological burdens on our planet.

Resources such as soil, water and commodity materials are already under stress.

Engineers must work collaboratively with other disciplines to produce the solutions we need.

Watch more of engaging and inspiring content from leading academics and influencers. 

More videos

What is net zero and why is it necessary?

MAY 2021

Andy Schofield on digital technologies in manufacturing

MAR 2020

Peter Ball on sustainable manufacturing

MAR 2020

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