Make UK’s report Manufacturing: Stepping Up To The Sustainability Challenge shows that despite the challenge of Brexit, 50% manufacturers are making headway with their sustainability programmes, with 70% of those reporting that they have benefited from a reduction in 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.