Make UK’s report Manufacturing: stepping up to the sustainability challenge shows manufacturers are stepping up to the sustainability challenge:
- 70% of companies surveyed reported that the last environmental improvement they carried out reduced costs
- Half of respondents said they were taking steps towards greater energy efficiency
- Nearly a fifth are going much further with imaginative and cutting edge energy efficiency projects
- Businesses are starting to look past the immediate cost saving drivers towards sustainability for the long term
- Investor confidence and attracting the brightest and best employees could be a significant future sustainability driver
- A boardroom to shop-floor approach is essential to promoting change
Despite the challenge of Brexit, 50% manufacturers are making headway with their sustainability programmes with 70% of those who implemented environmentally friendly processes seeing a reduction in their costs.
The businesses which were most successful in driving sustainability and environmental improvements and cost-savings adopted a boardroom to shop-floor approach to promoting change, ensuring they took the whole of the workforce with them on the sustainability journey.
The UK’s decision to leave the EU has significant ramifications for environmental policy, which has largely been driven and overseen by the EU. A new framework is now being developed to manage England’s environment over the long term. Scotland and Wales have their own plans. For manufacturers, the future governance process can seem abstract, but it will set the boundaries within which they will be expected to operate long into the future.