Delivering the scale of carbon reduction needed for a net zero world by 2050 demands companies transform - decarbonising their value chain, and by helping the world to get to zero emissions. Industrial manufacturing processes accounts for approximately 28% global emissions. Taking action on emissions is essential, and manufacturers can lead the transition. They have the opportunity to innovate for change, and to support their supply chain and customers to do so.
In order to tackle climate change effectively, companies benefit from having a clear understanding of which parts of their business emit the most greenhouse gases. This is of importance to producers of industrial manufacturing given the significant carbon footprint across the full value chain.
For manufacturers of industrial products, sourcing of materials and goods (e.g. steel used in automotive production) are a major impact areas across the supply chain. Downstream emissions cover transport of manufactured goods, usage of products and disposal.
Operational emissions differ vastly owing to the manufacturing requirements. For all, management here provide an important starting point in any carbon action plan.
Companies can understand their total impact by conducting a GHG value chain assessment, supplementing available company data with modelled estimates. Cozero Log can help you with this.
Manufacturing companies can reduce their carbon footprint by taking action through operational efficiency; by working with industry and consumers to tackle emissions through the supply chain and their consumers use of products; and by supporting carbon removal and reduction projects across the world.
Improvements in energy efficiency measures, combined with decarbonization of power and the gradual electrification of machinery can deliver efficiency in manufacturing lines, and cut cost. Opting for CO₂ optimized production can increase process efficiency, reduce waste and product variance (e.g. switching blast furnaces to electric arc furnaces using direct reduced iron for steel production) .
Companies can engage suppliers on joint abatement and circularity projects, and can focus on sustainable procurement e.g. through use of greener materials (e.g. bio-based plastics). Furthermore, product design for sustainable use and disposal can cut downstream impacts.
For a company's carbon footprint that is hard or not possible to address, companies can look to support projects that remove atmospheric CO₂ through measures such as Carbon capture, utilization and storage (e.g. on cement carbonization), or reduce CO₂ from beyond their value chain through offsetting.
Cozero Act recommends the carbon actions and solution providers to help companies focus on where action is needed most. Cozero Act supports companies to develop and manage bespoke carbon management action plans, as well as transparently track progress against these.