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Process Improvement

An Opportunity to Make the Manufacturing Industry More Sustainable

Written By: Ray Waldron
January 22, 2024
2 min read

The journey to net-zero carbon emissions is a long and complicated one, yet it is absolutely essential we continue to make progress towards achieving it. Every industry has its own challenges and obstacles to overcome, and the manufacturing industry is no exception.

The production of goods often involves the use of energy, which is commonly derived from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gasses. The combustion of these fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere which contributes to climate change.

However, there is a huge opportunity in this area, and many manufacturing companies are making strides towards becoming more sustainable and reaching their net-zero goals. Encouraging sustainability through the supply chain is important. It means working with suppliers who adhere to environmentally responsible practices and reducing the environmental impact of transport and logistics. In fact, companies that are strong in this space are being named as stand-out brands.

Procurement Magazine, a leading voice in the procurement sector, recently named 10 companies that have the best sustainable supply chains. Amongst them was the car manufacturer Ford, which has implemented sustainable practices in its manufacturing processes, in the form of using renewable energy sources and recycling materials.

It must be noted that the investment and use of technology in this space has had a significant impact. It has resulted in enhancements in materials science, energy-efficient manufacturing processes and sustainable product design. Automation tools increase efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and minimize waste. It enables precise control over production, which can lead to optimized resource use.

Some tools also have the ability to measure the impact of greenhouse gases produced, which helps companies configure ways to reduce them. By leveraging these technologies, manufacturers can not only reduce their environmental footprint but also enhance their overall competitiveness and adapt to changing consumer preferences for sustainable products.

Project management applications are also useful for centralizing data, aimed at ensuring that data storage is consistent and secure. By leveraging this data, manufacturers can make informed decisions about raw materials usage, energy consumption, and equipment effectiveness. Data-driven analysis is crucial for setting, monitoring, and adjusting sustainability goals and ensuring continuous progress toward a greener future. Without this centralized data, companies may lack the insight necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the sustainability goals they have set out for their supply chain.

The manufacturing industry is a complex one, but incorporating technology into operations can speed up efficiency and support the industry to move towards a more sustainable model, with the ultimate goal of achieving a circular economy.

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Written By: Ray Waldron

Ray Waldron is an Associate Content Marketing Manager at Quickbase.