The UK government has set a target for all sectors of the economy to reach net zero carbon by 2050. Many manufacturing and industrial trade associations and industry bodies have set even more challenging deadlines. Consumers also increasingly demand carbon-free products.
The scale and scope of measures required to eliminate carbon represent a major challenge for manufacturing and industrial organisations. For these businesses, energy-intensive production processes are their core activities, meaning decarbonisation has far-reaching implications for the operational efficiency of the entire organisation. Successful decarbonisation can therefore be highly beneficial – but success requires considerable investment in time and resources.