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Author: Will Harris

Take a look at what happened at last week’s Impact Festival, where Steph took part in the EIT Manufacturing panel on The Future of Sustainable Manufacturing.

Will Harris

Sales and Marketing professional


Sustainability is no longer just a nice-to-have, but a business imperative. Organisations have a responsibility to do what they can to reduce their environmental impact and as the signs of climate change become more evident. This year’s Impact Festival was one of Europe’s first community-based events established to accelerate sustainability. Our CEO, Steph Locke, contributed to an EIT panel, discussing The Future of Sustainable Manufacturing.  

Steph focused on the power of AI to drive more sustainable manufacturing where she presented several practical applications of AI that can reduce waste including predictive maintenance, defect detection and generative design. She outlined some basic sustainable IT practices including going paperless, moving to the cloud with a carbon-neutral provider and adopting green software products.

Steph was joined by Kurt Lermann from Procter & Gamble and Prof Hannes Utikal, Head of the Center for Industry and Sustainability at Provadis University. The keynote speaker was Dr. Christian Bölling, EIT Manufacturing’s Managing Director and the panel was moderated by Dr. Wolfgang Kniejski. 

Key themes included the transition towards CO2 neutrality in 2045 and the challenges associated with that, deep tech innovation, the role of startups in sustainable manufacturing and how academia can support re-orientation from labour-intensive work into knowledge-intensive workforces.  

We’ve looked at some of these key areas manufacturers can target to become more sustainable in a series of blog posts we released over the last few weeks, check them out to see some of the ways you could implement them in your organisation. Alternatively, get in touch with us to book a call and find out how we could help you on your journey to becoming more sustainable.  

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