As previously mentioned, it’s no easy task for a manufacturer to become carbon neutral. Some businesses in other sectors, such as the UK banks HSBC and Barclays, have achieved carbon neutrality, but progress has been slower in the resource-intensive manufacturing sector. However, many are taking substantial steps in the right direction:
Siemens, the massive multinational manufacturer of industrial automation, medical devices and more, has set some of the most aggressive targets in their sector, including total carbon neutrality by the year 2030. Their results thus far have been impressive: a 33 percent reduction in CO2 emissions, a 15 percent reduction in energy costs and 80 percent of their plants in their home nation of Germany powered by renewable energy. They’ve promised a 100 million Euro investment in energy efficiency projects in 2020 — and if anyone has the resources to do it, it’s Siemens.
A consortium of major manufacturers, including huge names like DuPont, Ford, BP and Unilever, has come together with environmental organizations to lobby the U.S. government to take aggressive action against climate change. The CEO Climate Dialogue, as the group calls itself, is pushing for a carbon tax that will encourage businesses of all kinds to adopt policies that will lower emissions.
Legendary auto manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has certified all of their UK manufacturing sites as carbon neutral, and they’re working toward the same goal for their international sites. They’ve reduced the energy used in vehicle building by an impressive 42 percent since 2007, and they continue to invest in new technologies and purchase offset credits.
Healthcare, electronics and home goods manufacturer Philips has also been meeting their aggressive sustainability targets. Their internal operations are on track to becoming carbon neutral in 2020, and with the recent opening of a new wind farm, their commitment to 100 percent renewable energy is undeniable.