Made Smarter, the government-backed technology adoption programme, has launched a new whitepaper aimed at helping SME manufacturers in the furniture industry meet their net-zero targets.
The paper, titled ‘Decarbonisation through Digitalisation: manufacturing made smarter and greener with technology’, aims to simplify the process of decarbonisation.
The report analyses the latest sustainability research and explains its findings, as well as defines some of the more complex terminology that SMEs might not be already familiar with.
As well as making the topic more accessible, it also offers insights about the technology that manufacturers can use to make their processes greener. The whitepaper also goes into detail about other green initiatives, including the UN-led Race to Zero, and the SME Climate Hub’s Business Carbon Calculator.
To put this information into a practical context, the whitepaper also showcases real life examples of SMEs who have started their decarbonisation journeys with Made Smarter including Crystal Doors In Rochdale – owned and run by kbbreview’s regular columnist and Climate Change Champion, Richard Hagan.
Donna Edwards, director of Made Smarter’s North West Adoption Programme, said: “Manufacturing is vital to the UK economy and our daily lives. But it also has a colossal impact on our environment.
“The pressure and scrutiny on the sector to be more sustainable is ramping up and coming from all directions. It is our biggest challenge, but it is also a significant opportunity.
“Decarbonisation is not a distraction. It is an imperative. Talk needs to stop and make way for action and a concerted commitment to change. UK manufacturing must get behind the mantra that the future is decarbonised and digital.
“Made Smarter is committed to help small and medium sized makers get there with vision, technology, leadership and collaboration. Our hope is that our ‘Decarbonisation through Digitalisation’ whitepaper will become a valuable part of any manufacturer’s toolkit to support their net zero journey.”
As well as drafting whitepapers such as Decarbonisation through Digitisation, Made Smarter also offers consultation services and runs digital transformation workshops, both of which help independent SMEs outline a clear roadmap to decarbonisation.
Made Smarter also says that there is funding available to SMEs that can help them invest in technology and support. This aims to help businesses adjust to the new greener industry standards that will be necessary to adopt going forwards.
The whitepaper can be downloaded for free and read in full here.