As the effects of climate change become increasingly apparent, sustainability has become a key focus area for manufacturers worldwide who are under pressure to reduce their environmental impact. But how can we achieve sustainable green manufacturing while also maintaining a sustainable business model? The answer lies in smart manufacturing.
Understanding green manufacturing
Green manufacturing is a philosophy that focuses on minimizing waste, improving energy efficiency, and reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes. It involves making conscious choices about the materials used, the manufacturing processes employed, and the waste management strategies implemented.
Industries globally are adopting goals of becoming carbon neutral. They’re also recognizing the positive financial impact of green manufacturing and the potential efficiencies related to energy use and sourcing.
For example, manufacturing energy transformation initiatives center on solutions that capture, contextualize and analyze energy consumption, carbon emissions and waste within the walls of the factory as well as across the supply chain. This data supports an organization’s decarbonization efforts, while also helping create a more sustainable business model overall.