Research and analysis

Future manufacturing: sustainability

Report exploring the challenges and opportunities for UK manufacturing in a future world that has limited resources.

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This report outlines the challenges and opportunities for UK manufacturing in a future world that is projected to have limited resources and be ‘carbon constrained’. It focuses on a number of environmental ‘megaforces’ which will be the main factors in business change to 2035 and beyond. These are:

  • population growth and urbanisation
  • climate change
  • material availability
  • water supply
  • supply chain vulnerability

This review was commissioned as part of the Foresight project on the future of manufacturing in the UK.