According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the industrial sector accounted for 21% of all greenhouse gas emissions in 2013, which is right behind electricity production and transportation as some of the leading causes of emissions. Since 22% of U.S. GDP relies on good and services produced in water-scarce areas, increasing the cost of water and energy has become a concern of manufacturers. If this continues to be the trend, up to 45% of U.S. GDP will rely on production from these areas by the year 2050. Moreover, customers today are more aware of environmentally responsible practices, and expect that organizations will use them. As a crucial driver of competitiveness and economic growth, manufacturing is one of the primary industries being targeted for green technology use. This means traditional manufacturing methods are giving way to the use of lean, green, conserving machines that benefit the planet.
This environmentally friendly technology goes by the name “green technology”. Green technology was developed and is used in such a way that it doesn’t disturb the environment and helps in conserving our natural resources.
The goals of green technology use in the industry include:
By using less of an energy service, energy consumption can be reduced, leading to conservation. One of the primary ways to improve energy conservation in factories is by doing regular energy audits.
By creating awareness in employees for efforts aimed at reducing water consumption, making optimum use of water in processes, updating equipment with water-saving models, and making routine checks of pipes and other devices related to water delivery, conservation can become a reality.
Reduce carbon emissions, waste, and toxic gas emissions
Organizations can focus on reduction or elimination of toxic waste and on controlling toxic gas emissions which create pollution. The technologies would be leveraged in compliance auditing and inspection as well as improving engineering, testing, and consulting.
Improve engineering, architecture, and design processes
Emerging green technologies are creating changes within product design and industrial process design areas, including factory automation, in an effort to improve efficiency in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning products.
Minimize the use of hazardous materials
Evaluating the purchase, storage, use, and disposal of hazardous materials in a facility makes good business sense.
Promote reuse and recycling of all types of material
The old mindset used in waste management and disposal has changed to emphasize recycling and reusing what were previously considered to be waste materials.
Control global warming
By using green technologies in manufacturing processes like solar, wind, and battery technology, rising temperatures can be controlled.
Today, green technologies are being integrated into the manufacturing industry, helping manufacturing companies attract and retain customers. Globally, governments are also helping businesses which are willing to adopt emerging green technologies.
The manufacturing industry is changing, driving innovation and incorporating new technologies that increase efficiency. This will not only save money, it will help save the planet.