- There is no current universal set of measurements for assessing the impact of products within the marine industry.
- Collating reliable, transparent data for designers, manufacturers and consumers, will enable design with sustainability in mind.
- Credible data will back marketing claims around improved sustainability.
Understanding the environmental impact of our industry will become increasingly critical in the future. This will enable us to: become more socially, ethically and environmentally responsible; innovate new approaches to design and manufacturing; adapt to future legislation, and work towards a more sustainable business model.
As an industry reliant on the enjoyment of a healthy marine environment for our income, we are well placed to lead change. By collaborating we can begin to address the systemic changes that are impossible to change alone.
"The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air"
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) 1.5 Special Report
The Marine Shift
The Marine Industry is at a turning point. It’s time for a shift in the way we approach design and manufacturing.
To achieve a circular model we need to work together and focus on areas such as environmental impact, design, product life extension, and recycling.
We need to understand the impact at each stage of a product's life cycle to improve its environmental footprint and find solutions for remanufacture.
Join the Shift
- A different approach created through sustainable design is a step towards reducing both our short and long-term impact on the environment.
- Understanding the impact at each stage of a product's life cycle will establish a benchmark against which improvements to resource footprint can be measured.
- LCAs put a spotlight on big sustainability flaws within a product system and are therefore effective eco-innovation tools.
- Using LCAs to evaluate the sustainability implications of new products on the design table, product development teams can create sustainable solutions not yet in the market.
- Consumer and regulatory environmental expectations are increasing; as an industry we need to be more transparent and socially responsible for the products we produce.
- Regulation, or the prospect of it, will make LCAs more significant and they will be crucial to corporate sustainability goals.
What are the benefits to your business?
- Immediate access to a significantly developed and robust dataset tailored to your industry
- Contribution to the tool’s future development in line with your business requirements
- Increased efficiency and potentially reduced costs across a range of areas of a product’s life cycle without compromising on performance
- Avoidance of mitigating one environmental impact at the expense of another
- Improved image and brand value
- Ability to adapt to future legislation