Manufacturers must close resource loop by 2050

Climate change, increased competition for materials and tighter environmental regulation mean UK manufacturers must shift to a circular-economy approach, says government report

In a new report looking forward to what the UK’s manufacturing sector will look like in 2050, the government’s office for science concludes that environmental sustainability will have a profound effect on manufacturing production processes.

To remain competitive, firms will have to use fewer resources, design products specifically for reuse and ensure that materials are constantly recovered and recycled.

With global temperatures predicted to rise by between 0.7°C and 2.4°C, and the world’s population predicted to reach more than 9.6 billion, competition for materials, energy, water and land will require manufacturers to ...

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