How Carbon Neutral Manufacturing Has Become the New Gold Standard
Is your manufacturing company ready to become carbon neutral? We take a look at the steps you can take today to reduce your carbon footprint.
As the novel Coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe, we've also experienced a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season that has brought widespread storm damage to the Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, the Western states of California, Oregon, and Washington have been blanketed with acrid smoke as massive wildfire conflagrations have burned out of control.
These unprecedented weather events are taking place at a time when the world's average temperature has increased by 1°C since the start of the industrial revolution.
Given that climate scientists believe we are on track to double or triple this temperature increase within the lifetime of today's youngest generations, it's sobering to imagine the potential ecological destruction and misery we may suffer in the future unless we take drastic action to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions now.
Corporate America is beginning to take action.
According to one of the leading environmental consulting companies, Natural Capital Partners, nearly 25% of Fortune Global 500 companies have made a commitment to reduce their net greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2030.
The number of major companies that have publicly committed to achieving this "carbon neutral" status is growing – from around 100 in 2019 to more than 200 today.
For example, Formaspace clients Ford Motor Company and Google have both recently announced plans to become carbon neutral. Apple, during its recent product introductions, pointed out that its new iPad Air will be carbon neutral, joining Microsoft, which previously announced its ambitious plans to go even further — to go "carbon negative" (e.g. remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it produces).
How quickly will other manufacturers jump on the carbon-neutral bandwagon?
Leading-edge companies have already demonstrated it's possible to go carbon neutral using today's technology, and many have saved significant money on energy costs as a result.
Adding to the pressure, more consumers are making their purchasing decisions based on the environmental stance of companies they do business with. The same goes for business-to-
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What steps can your manufacturing company take today to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve the goal of becoming carbon neutral?