NMR Commended in 2degrees Champions Awards

Champions Award

We are delighted that the Next Manufacturing Revolution was commended at last night’s Sustainability Champions Awards in the external communications campaign category.

“This recognises the work of all of those who contributed to the ground-breaking Next Manufacturing Revolution resource efficiency initiative” said Greg Lavery of Lavery/Pennell, lead author for the NMR report.

He added: “The NMR’s fact-based approach combined with extensive outreach plan seems to be at the forefront of a new wave of sustainability communications based on transparency and engagement.”

Congratulations to all of the 240 inspiring projects nominated and thanks to all the people who voted for the NMR.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Video: How Nestlé reduced its energy use by 36% per tonne of product

This video explains the £1.9B p.a. energy saving opportunity available to UK manufacturers and how Nestlé has made substantial energy efficiency improvements.

Despite ongoing improvements in energy use, the Next Manufacturing Revolution study* identified Energy Efficiency as a major opportunity for UK manufacturers worth:

  • £1.9B p.a. in cost savings
  • 19.2 MtCO2e in greenhouse gas emission savings
  • 3,500 new skilled full time jobs

This video describes:

  1. How leading companies have saved up to 70% of their energy use through four different types of energy efficiency initiatives
  2. How Nestlé has reduced its energy use by 36% per tonne of product since 2006 in UK and Ireland plants, with more savings on the way

* The Next Manufacturing Revolution study available here was co-authored by Lavery/Pennell, the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing and 2degrees.

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Video: Revenue growth from resource efficiency

Resource efficiency is traditionally associated with cost reduction. But leading companies have also used non-labour resource efficiency to drive sales. Watch this webinar recording to hear how Kyocera successfully do this and how your company can too.

The Next Manufacturing Revolution conservatively estimated additional profits worth £325M p.a. from revenue growth from resource efficiency through:

  • Improved product performance
  • More efficient delivery models such as ‘servicising’
  • Collaborative consumption business models

Quantifying these additional revenues can boost the economics of resource efficiency and should be included in sustainability-related business cases.

In this webinar, Dr Greg Lavery from Lavery Pennell, lead author of the Next Manufacturing Revolution, presents the revenue growth opportunities available from resource efficiency and how to succeed followed by Tracey Rawling-Church, Head of CSR at Kyocera Document Solutions UK, presenting Kyocera’s experience.

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Food and Beverage Resource Efficiency report link now working

We were embarrassed this morning that the link to the report did not work. Our apologies.

We have now fixed this and here is a direct link: Food and Beverage Resource Efficiency report

The NMR team

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Food and Beverage Resource Efficiency Report Released

The report released today by the Next Manufacturing Revolution identifies £920M p.a. in cost savings and 6.6 million tCO2e p.a. reduction that the UK Food and Beverage sector is not capturing.

Following two years of research, peer review, and a summit workshop bringing together key companies, government departments and industry bodies, this report presents the business case for resource efficiency and how to access the available opportunities.

The report includes a 2023 Vision for the sector which has been collaboratively developed to include improvements currently available – but which are not being exploited.

A roadmap of action is presented in the report which will see WRAP, FDF, EEF, the University of Cambridge and the Next Manufacturing Revolution striving to achieve this vision.

The report can be accessed at: Food and Beverage Resource Efficiency report

Similar summit workshops and reports are currently being planned by the Next Manufacturing Revolution for the Automotive and Textiles & Apparel sectors.

For more information, contact Greg Lavery at greg.lavery@laverypennell.com or 079 0016 3409.

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New Industrial Model builds on NMR

A new, more profitable and sustainable model for industry has been identified that combines non-labour resource efficiency (the subject of the Next Manufacturing Revolution) with sustainable inputs (materials and renewable energy) and revenue growth opportunities.

This industrial model is estimated to be worth, for Europe, €100bn in additional profits, 168,000 new jobs and a 14.6% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.  The full report on the model and its potential is available here: new industrial model report.

The new model involves three stages which respond to today’s business challenges:

  1. REDUCE – improving non-labour resource efficiency
  2. REPLACE – reinvesting some of the efficiency savings in sustainable inputs (materials and renewable energy)
  3. RE-OFFER – developing innovative new products and capturing market share growth


The logic for the new model is compelling: increased profits, more jobs and reduced environmental impact. Leading companies including Unilever, Body Shop, Patagonia, Ecover and Interface have recognised the power of the new model and are capturing value through its implementation.

Interface, the world’s largest producer of carpet tiles, is a case study of the benefits available. In its European manufacturing operations, Interface has reduced energy and yarn usage per unit of production by 40% and 12% respectively since 1996, switched to 100% renewable energy for its Scherpenzeel site, and replaced 43% of its raw materials with bio-based or recycled alternatives. This has reduced Interface’s costs by €7.6 million p.a., as well as reduced life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 35,500 tCO2e p.a. and enabled the company to remain the world’s leading manufacturer of carpet tile in a highly competitive industry.

The potential of the new industrial model for the whole of the European manufacturing sector is estimated to be:

  • €100 billion p.a. profit before tax improvement from materials efficiency, energy efficiency and renewable energy – at a capex cost of €66 billion. This represents an average 9% increase in profit for the European manufacturing sector. Market share improvements and new product revenues add to this, but have not been included.
  • 168,000 new skilled and mostly local jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • 1,200 MtCO2e p.a. reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to 14.6% of Europe’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions) from energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.

11% of the additional profits and 20% of the additional jobs and greenhouse gas reductions identified above for Europe could be achieved if the top 20 European manufacturers alone applied the new industrial model to their global operations.

Rob Boogaard, acting chief executive of Interface Europe, challenges all European manufacturers to adopt the new model. “The ‘new industrial model’ demonstrates that there is a better way and we have the evidence to prove it.”

Click through to read the new industrial model report and, if you are after more detail, the supporting calculations.

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NMR helps shape 2020 productivity vision

The UK Conservative Party has just released its 2020 Productivity and Efficiency report for UK manufacturing. It recommends action on:

  1. Improved metrics covering profitability and resource productivity
  2. Resource efficiency
  3. Remanufacturing

The report is available at 2020 Productivity and Efficiency Commission Report

The work draws many of its figures from, and reflects the key messages in the 2013 Next Manufacturing Revolution report, available at http://www.nextmanufacturingrevolution.org/nmr-report-download/

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Video: How Toyota drives non-labour resource efficiency

Steve Hope of Toyota Motor Europe explains how Toyota has dramatically improved its resource efficiency, reducing its energy, water and waste per vehicle by 70%, 75% and 60% respectively from 1993 to 2007.

This presentation, from the recent Industrial Sustainability conference held at the University of Cambridge, explains the systems, processes, culture, enablers, tools and habits that have helped Toyota to reach the top of their industry.

Learn the secrets of one of the world’s most resource efficient companies.

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What is stopping resource efficiency in the food and beverage sector?

We want to hear what is frustrating you when it comes to improving resource efficiency in the food and beverage sector.

Webinar: 14 January 2014, 15:00 GMT (10:00 EST)

The recent Next Manufacturing Revolution (NMR) report shows that energy efficiency, waste reduction, packaging optimisation, transport efficiency, and supply chain collaboration can create substantial benefits for the UK food and beverage sector, as well as society and the environment.

Join this webinar to hear the barriers identified in the NMR study to prompt your own thoughts.

Following the webinar will be an online discussion forum seeking to capture your views. The results will be fed into a high level workshop with government, NGOs, and industry leaders on 23 January aimed at addressing the barriers identified.

The webinar is designed for food and beverage professionals so if that is you then we hope that you can join us so that we can hear (and work to address) your frustrations.

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Video: The Drivers and Benefits of Resource Efficiency

At the recent Industrial Sustainability conference held at the University of Cambridge, the NMR team joined a range of leading companies, including Marks & Spencer and Toyota, highlighting the benefits for to be gained from taking a proactive approach to sustainability.

Dr Greg Lavery presented on the drivers and benefits of non-labour resource productivity.

The video of the presentation is below. Highlights of the video include:

  • Untapped opportunities for resource efficiency within a company’s operations and supply chain
  • The value of these in terms of greater profits (average 12% increase), new jobs (over 300,000 in the UK) and environmental benefits (including 4.5% of the UK’s total annual GHG output)
  • The performance of a range of companies including Coca Cola, Toyota, Unilever, P&G, Pepsico, Komatsu, General Mills and ST Microelectronics
  • Variability of performance between companies, even in the same sub-sector
  • How to capture the benefits available

Read more about and download the Next Manufacturing Revolution report here.

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