Industry calls for sustainability support

Industry leaders have called for government and industry to work together and help manufacturers respond to the net-zero drive. Speaking at the second annual National Manufacturing Summit, which focused on sustainable production, Manufacturing Technology Centre chief executive Dr Clive Hickman called for a specific funding pot for net-zero manufacturing to ensure that UK industry can realise the innovation and economic opportunities that de-carbonisation offers.

Dr Hickman said the UK’s commitments at COP26 required a rapid, deep and sustained reduction in CO2 emissions: “It will be us, as manufacturers, who make these ambitions a reality. We need a manufacturing strategy to ensure the sector is future-proofed for the decade to come. A funding pot for net-zero manufacturing would give manufacturers the confidence to pilot innovative green technologies and support the commercialisation of these technologies.”

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