Here’s why green manufacturing is crucial for a low-carbon future
· Carbon-intensive materials can be substituted for less carbon-intensive ones. Timber or pozzolan-based concrete instead of Portland cement can be used to mitigate pollution. Similarly, wheat straw packaging can lead to a 40% saving in energy and a 90% reduction in the water needed for production.
· Decarbonizing energy for green manufacturing processes leads to energy savings resulting in benefits to the environment and business. Decarbonization of power and the electrification of processes may help to achieve the goal of reaching net-zero CO2 emissions by mid-century. Constraining demand growth for carbon-intensive transport will bring down the cost of decarbonization.
· Real-time tracking and insights into historical energy use through connected assets via IoT can enable industrial enterprises to streamline energy and resources from a bottom-line perspective.
· Zero waste to landfill is an achievable outcome of green manufacturing through its circular approach of 5R: repair, reuse, refurbish, re-manufacture, and recycle.
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