The Manufacturer Podcast: A global effort on climate action

Posted on 9 Dec 2022 by Tom St John

The Manufacturer Podcast returns with a discussion on the global nature of the climate crisis. How serious are the conversations in countries other than the UK?

In this final episode of our miniseries on sustainability, we hear how this topic is viewed in The Philippines, a country where the average monthly wage is just £250 and severe weather concerns are frequent.

Our International Reporter James Devonshire loves this country that he calls home but says that sustainability just isn’t a high priority.

We also feature Jim McConalogue, CEO of Civitas, who spoke at this year’s SME Growth Summit and joined us at The Manufacturer Studio during Digital Manufacturing Week.

Civitas, supported by the ERA Foundation, have released a survey assessing the top challenges SME manufacturers including those posed by energy costs, resilience and cleanliness of supply to future growth.

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 The Civitas survey on energy costs, security and resilience

Jim McConalogue: “There are a range of issues that come out (for SMEs.) Some are more to do with security and resilience. So in other words, do firms face an uninterrupted supply of energy? And when there is disruption, do they have something to smooth out that supply? I don’t think it’s squarely known how much blackouts are an issue for manufacturers, when they occur how do you deal with that level of disruption in your regular production processes?

There is also issues on cleanliness of supply – what alternative energy sources are being used in a regular industrial process?  Energy sources that you can fall back on and to generate an improved quality of supply. I think there are lots of other issues to explore there, particularly around how things become established in regular business practices, so you’re not just doing things once or twice and it becomes part of your routine. How much, for example, do business rely on their own on site generation so they no longer rely on a kind of external source or a mix. What do they do to actually generate energy for themselves within their own factories?

To access the survey click here