IET action plan sets out ‘next steps’ for Sustainable Manufacturing in the UK

Delivering the ambition for a Post-Brexit UK to create significant social, economic and environmental impact, this report sets out the how, who, what, when, where and why for action on sustainable manufacturing over a five-year period.

Download Sustainable Manufacturing - the next steps

Caring for the natural environment, enhancing our communities and securing the financial health of our organisations, sustainability is a long journey but short-term, mass change is achievable, beneficial and time-critical.

There is urgency to act on industrial sustainability in the UK. Based on an IET expert workshop and subsequent discussions, ‘Sustainable Manufacturing – the next steps’ presents 37 actions, 13 ‘must-do’ imperatives and five ‘core’ themes for government, industry and membership organisations in order to secure transformational change.  

Once implemented, these combined actions will create world-leading UK performance with significant impacts including:

  • 5% year-on-year reduction in UK resource consumption from 2020.
  • 8% year-on-year savings for all large companies, SMEs and micros.
  • Creation business models and products that have no, low or even positive environmental impact.

The actions detailed in the report include:

  • Agreeing ambitious targets for improvement, sector-by-sector.
  • All companies to have a sustainability champion on their board.
  • Appointing a Government Minister for Sustainability.

The IET brought together 25 leaders and experts from the sustainability space to consider actions to reduce environmental impact and costs. This report, created by Professor Peter Ball, University of York for the IET Design and Production Sector, captures the specific actions flowing from the workshop.

Download the report and read it at your leisure. If you have any comments on its contents and or if you’d like to know more about the IET’s work in this space please do get in touch via email at design-production@theiet.org