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22.03.2021

Make UK and Inspired Energy release the first roadmap taking companies through their complex decarbonisation journey

Make UK’s manufacturing members, in partnership with Inspired Energy have published the first roadmap to net zero for the manufacturing sector. The roadmap, which was developed in consultation with some of the major manufacturing sub-sectors, provides a clear direction and major milestones towards the long term 2050 goal. It aims to encourage companies to take those first successful steps towards reducing their carbon footprint. 

This simple blueprint released today also outlines how companies will contribute to the establishment of the four low-carbon industrial clusters by 2030, and the decarbonisation of mini-clusters at dispersed sites. The plan reflects the targets set to date by the Government and by other industry sub-sectors, planting the major milestones in the ground to ensure businesses stay on track and pick up the pace required for the complex journey to the decarbonisation of factory production processes and energy consumption. 

Manufacturers can see the major opportunity that net zero represents – from access to finance for green investments, significant benefits of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, developing and exporting new products and knowledge, that will lead to the sector being an attractive, innovative and sustainable one to work in, creating highly skilled and rewarding green and digital jobs across the country.

The release of the first roadmap to net zero for the overall manufacturing sector marks the start of an exciting journey, with its challenges but also many rewards ahead. I am very proud that our members have not hesitated to take up the challenge and are bold in their vision, and at the same time wanting to align with the bigger picture and collaborate with key stakeholders.
Stephen Phipson CBE Chief Executive, Make UK
I am delighted to see that the manufacturing sector is ready to tackle its net zero goal. You will find a massively important consensus across all sub-sectors on the need for ambitious targets to be set now to ensure action is taken in the short term. These manufacturers want to start on this new journey with hope for the opportunities it can bring, as well as travelling with trepidation for the many challenges that we need to work together to solve. I wish us all good luck
Professor Steven Evans Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

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Make UK / Net Zero