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[BEST OF 2022] Industry Makes Efforts to Be More Sustainable

[BEST OF 2022] Industry Makes Efforts to Be More Sustainable
In this article, we highlight several initiatives in favor of a more sustainable industrial world that were conducted in 2022. (iStock)

What are the cutting-edge innovations that have made an impact in the industrial world this year? What was the major news not to be missed? This winter, we offer you the opportunity to relive the year 2022 from an industrial perspective. In this article, we highlight several initiatives in favor of a more sustainable industrial world that were conducted in 2022.

Today, sustainability is a global concern. As they become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their operations, companies of all sizes and in all sectors are looking for ways to reduce their footprint. We selected several articles published in 2022 that highlight the efforts of various industrial sectors to be more sustainable.

01/ Chemical Industry

August 18, 2022

ACHEMA, the world forum for the process industries took place last August in Frankfurt, Germany, with a particular focus on sustainability. Dr. Björn Mathes, a Member of the Board of DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH, gave his insights about how the process and chemical industries are preparing for becoming climate-neutral.

July 20, 2022

French company Micropep is on a mission to change the face of the agriculture biotech landscape offering innovative solutions for crop protection. The company has recently raised €8.75 million to develop a micropeptide-based biofungicide that could replace chemical pesticides.

May 2, 2022

Lixol, a subsidiary of Groupe Berkem, manufactures alkyd resins. They’ve just released a 100% bio-based ecological solution, without raw materials of petroleum origin, for paint manufacturers.

02/ Textile Industry

February 1, 2022

The environmental impact of textile production is well documented, with the industry as a whole ranking second only to oil in terms of global pollution levels. Massive energy and water use, together with sky-high levels of discarded chemicals and landfill waste are all key drivers in the calls for closed-loop production.

Globally, the fashion industry is now estimated to account for around 10% of greenhouse gas emissions and 20% of wastewater, making the pursuit of greener production methods more pertinent than ever before.

With AI and smarter automation processes now being introduced to optimize production and manage stock levels, which in turn have eco-benefits, it has been suggested new technologies could also help to reduce the industry’s massive global footprint in other ways.

January 27, 2022

Along with reducing unnecessary waste through on-demand production, microfactories have a smaller ecological footprint than traditional garment production and require no water use during the production process, making it not only a faster solution, but a greener one too.

Mimaki teamed up with fashion designer Carolina Guzman to bring her designs to life in real-time during FESPA show. They set up a working microfactory live on-site to take her designs from screen to garment within just a day. Guzman’s designs were created using Mimaki’s TS100-1600 Sublimation Printer, before being transferred to textile, digitally cut and finally pieced together. Devised with a string of ethical and environmental objectives threaded throughout, the microfactory also exclusively utilized eco-friendly Greentex fabric.

03/ Construction Industry

February 14, 2022

The construction industry is starting to go green. Between the search for new ecological materials and more efficient construction methods, the sector’s objective is clearly to start building in an environmentally friendly way.

October 4, 2022

Wood-based concrete is among the greener alternatives that are emerging to replace high carbon footprint construction materials. The French company CCB Greentech has specialized in this new resource. Construction group Lafarge has even invested in the company.

November 21, 2022

At Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure and Going Digital Awards which we were invited to in London in November, the drive towards sustainability in the built environment was at the heart of the discussion.

Projects that employed solutions by the infrastructure engineering software company to cut carbon emissions, reduce waste, and improve efficiency were heralded, while new technology to further support sustainable building was announced.

04/ Packaging Industry

February 28, 2022

From plastic pollution and other packaging waste to unsustainable, often toxic ingredients – the cosmetics industry as a whole does not have the strongest eco-credentials.

Yet, as customers increasingly demand more environmentally friendly products, and as countries strive to cut carbon emissions, chinks of green light are starting to appear.

December 15, 2022

HDGPagès Group, and Triangle Package are all OEMs and are all contributing to making the packaging industry more efficient, more sustainable, and less polluting. Let’s have a closer look at what they are developing in concrete terms.

04/ Manufacturing

November 28, 2022

As more and more manufacturers grapple with rising energy costs and skilled labor shortages off the back of an already turbulent couple of years, the need for companies to drive efficiencies across their production operations has never been greater. Here, Damien Marc, CEO of JPB Système and its subsidiary, KeyProd, takes a closer look at how manufacturers can achieve this amid other challenges.

April 6, 2022

Manufacturers and consumers are now fully aware of the need to speed up the ecological transition and transform in-depth product life cycles for some, and consumption patterns for others. A study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reveals that 90% of consumers think about the sustainability of things they buy. How can this major change be translated into industrial processes? How can industrial companies change their methods to optimize product sustainability and minimize their ecological impact?