7 Great Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Perks

The benefits of environmentally friendly manufacturing processes extend beyond helping the environment — they can also have significant impacts on your bottom line.

The benefits of environmentally friendly manufacturing processes extend beyond helping the environment — they can also have significant impacts on your bottom line. Green manufacturing processes include focusing on reducing waste and making operations more efficient with sustainable materials that go hand-in-hand with cutting costs and saving time. Here are seven ways of how eco-friendly manufacturing processes can benefit your business.    

  1. Extra Tax Incentives

Manufacturers opting to use renewables to power their facilities are eligible for tax credits from the federal government. Credits are offered for a 10-year period and vary based on the type of technology being used. Wind energy, geothermal and closed-loop biomass are among some of the energy systems eligible for incentives. Several states offer additional incentives for the use of renewable energy as well. According to the IRS, there is no maximum rebate specified. 

  1. Growing Consumer Appeal

Consumers are showing a higher interest in where their products come from and the processes used to create them. A demonstrated commitment to using environmentally conscious methods and materials can foster buyer intrigue and loyalty. Your buyers will be at ease knowing their dollars are supporting a manufacturer dedicated to using sustainable practices. Inevitably, the cost savings from using more efficient, sustainable methods can be translated to the consumer, which in turn will drive profit growth.   

  1. Increased Energy Savings

Transitioning to energy-efficient technologies in your plant can help you realize considerable cost savings over the course of a year. Energy-efficient lighting can use up to half the power of standard light bulbs. Replacing aging equipment with newer models can reduce energy consumption in your plant and make processes more efficient. Recycled heat energy from standard operating procedures can help heat your facility in the winter and lower utility costs.

Factories regularly use high volumes of compressed air for normal operations, which can translate to high energy bills. Consider replacing your air compressors with a more efficient version to reduce your energy consumption by up to 35 percent. A wide range of options is available to meet the needs of nearly all manufacturing processes. You’ll realize more significant cost savings and reduce your carbon footprint.  

  1. Increased Revenue

More efficient equipment and reductions in energy usage naturally translate to cost savings. These savings can either be kept as revenue or turned toward consumers to create a more competitive product price. Savings can also be reinvested into the manufacturing process to upgrade machinery and equipment, which drives continued cost savings and improves equipment longevity. More efficient methods can also translate to higher levels of production, which will also drive higher revenue costs.

  1. Improved Societal Benefits

Historically, manufacturing processes were associated with high volumes of pollution. Decreasing emissions and handling waste materials in an environmentally responsible manner will improve the health of surrounding communities. The risk of cancers and other health complications associated with chemical pollutants will decrease. Cleaner air and water will also provide a safer habitat for local wildlife, and in turn, a safer source of food for residents. 

  1. Greener Supply Chain

Digital tools and models can help your facility evaluate and develop repeatable processes before implementing them firsthand. When these supply chains are fully realized, it will reduce the number of waste products generated. This will save cost and time in the long run despite the higher initial investment.

Upfront evaluation of supply chains can help improve the overall quality of the items produced. Not only will results be more repeatable, but potential hiccups in the process can also be identified before they are witnessed on the factory floor.

  1. More Efficient Processes

Engineers, suppliers, and operators will need to be involved in the manufacturing process early on to help identify the best strategies and methods for realizing efficiency. Increasing communication between parties can help provide a better picture of where the supply chain can be streamlined. Participants in the early portions of the supply chain may have suggestions that day-to-day operators might not see if they’re unfamiliar with the way materials are supplied.

Investing in greener manufacturing practices can help your facility realize cost savings that will ultimately affect your bottom line while also having a positive impact on the environment. 

Megan Ray Nichols is a blogger and freelance science writer. She enjoys participating in conversations about engineering, technology and space exploration. Megan is also a regular contributor to Datafloq, Cerasis, and American Machinist. When she isn't writing, Megan loves watching movies, hiking, and stargazing. Subscribe to Schooled By Science today to keep up with scientific discoveries or follow Megan on Twitter.

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