The future of the industry is sustainable

GREEN A growing number of industries and companies are working on their sustainability strategies and ways to take their responsibility. Partly because of the need for it in a world where we currently use 70 % more natural resources than the earth can regenerate in a year, but also to be desirable and sought after by investors, customers and other stakeholders. Some even go as far as saying that sustainable production and development is now spreading as a “common practice” and therefore may be a necessity for a business’ survival. But where do you start and what actions can you take, big or small, to be a part of creating a more sustainable industry?

Sustainability can mean different things for different people and industries. To make sure that we are all on the same page, let’s start with a definition of the word together with other terms commonly used in the same context.

Explanation of sustainability and other terms

The most common definition of Sustainable development, according to the Brundtland Report from the UN, is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. From an environmental aspect this basically means that one should avoid harming the environment and the depleting of natural resources in order to maintain ecological balance. In the business world, “sustainability” is often used within three different categories: environmental, social, and governance, known as ESG.

Supporting the industry of the future

Modern industry of all segments is driven by three parameters. Efficient and flexible production processes, an ergonomic and clean production and an overall concern of sustainability, balancing energy and resources in order not to adversely affect the environment. We have chosen to call these three success factors Lean, Clean & Green.

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