Green manufacturing grows in value as ROI becomes tangible
Commercial pressures are driving green manufacturing up the agenda with early adopters already reaping attractive benefits, according to new research, writes Edie.net.
A report from sustainability think-tank The Crowd released last month pooled thinking from more than 150 CSR experts on emerging models of green manufacture as part of an in-depth crowdsourcing exercise.
It found that 68% of respondents believed returns generated by green investments have been “attractive”, versus 7% who felt they have been “disappointing”. A recognition of the business case, rather than a sense of benevolence, was identified as the primary driver in adopting such models.
More than half of respondents (53%) felt the best opportunities for progress in greener manufacturing over the next four years were resource-efficient production processes, followed by supply chain collaboration (49%) and designing products that use fewer resources when in use (44%).
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