Urgency around the green agenda has in recent months escalated, and with people from all walks of life scrambling to ensure their carbon footprint is reduced in line with intergovernmental treaties, the pressure on energy-intensive industries to fall in line is rapidly increasing too.
Reducing energy consumption is a double win – both for the bottom line and the sustainability agenda. Dan Hulme, a manufacturing consultant, offers industrial businesses strategies for taking control of their energy bill.
Smart Factory Expo’s ‘Best of British’ exhibition is exactly that - a host of new and well-established UK firms showcasing a range of industry disciplines that The Manufacturer deems the cream of the crop.
The government is looking for the most effective ways to cut industrial greenhouse gas emissions, as part of £315m investment drive to decarbonise heavy industry and reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050.
The food and drink sector is not, on the face of it, an obvious candidate for the attentions of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult network, thanks to its traditional reliance on manual labour and the large number of SMEs involved. But Ken Young, Technology Director at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), believes the sector is ripe for a digital revolution.