Industry leaders call for sustainability support

Industry leaders have called for Government and industry to work together to help manufacturers respond to the drive for net zero.

Speaking at the second annual National Manufacturing Summit which focused on sustainable manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology Centre chief executive Dr Clive Hickman called for a specific funding pot for net zero manufacturing to ensure that UK industry is able to realise the innovation and economic opportunities that de-carbonisation offered.

Speaking to an audience which he described as a “Who’s Who of UK Manufacturing”, 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.” Dr. Clive Hickman, Chief Executive, MTC