The Growing Trend of Green Manufacturing
We live in a world that is growing ever conscious of the world around us, and a movement that is known as the green movement has been taking place in different aspects of society for the last few years. Manufacturing is no different as companies strive to lighten the load they put on the environment as well as keeping their costs down by operating in an energy efficient manner. Different industries across the manufacturing sector are employing new techniques to old processes in order to reduce the resources used, or lessen the amount of potentially environmentally harmful by products such as air pollution or excess waste, whether that be through intricate dust collecting systems and air filtration systems or recycling their materials.
Perhaps one of the biggest names that is changing how they manufacture, is Apple. The company outsources their manufacturing to Chinese companies, and this has worked for the company, but they are also a big proponent of renewable energy sources and have a strong commitment to solar energy in China. Apple has partnered with a number of Chinese manufacturing companies in order to deliver 2 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2020.
This comes at a time when China is expected to push their own green manufacturing plan called the Green Development Fund which has been put in place to promote clean production methods and sustainable growth. With China taking a step forward, the United States is not far behind, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan which is a plan to significantly lower carbon pollution by the year 2030.
As you can see, green manufacturing is a hot item because it is not only great for the environment, but it is also a great business model as well. By reducing waste and improving how a business uses energy, that business is saving a good portion of money that can be put into other aspects of the business. BMW is one company that makes uses of their green manufacturing processes and is not afraid to publish their green initiatives on their website. These initiatives go beyond their ISO 14001 certification, such as using water based paints whenever possible in order to comply with water treatment plans.
More and more companies are starting to track tier environmental impact and are starting to implement green manufacturing processes throughout their workplace. There is no reason for this trend to decrease, in fact with governments stepping in and these environmentally friendly processes starting to become regulated, there is no better time than now to start implementing your own green manufacturing initiatives.