The organiser of a new industry platform for manufacturers within hard-to-abate sectors today announced details of Sustainable Industrial Manufacturing (SIM) - which, it is claimed, will be Europe’s largest showcase of solutions in sustainable manufacturing, when it opens at Brussels Expo in Belgium from 9-10 March 2022.
The EU has committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 and it wants industry to “pave the way”. With heavy industry responsible for 30% of carbon emissions worldwide, a transition towards net zero emissions is no longer optional for those in-charge of heavy industrial sectors.
SIM is a global series of events which aim to support and facilitate the transition towards cleaner manufacturing around the world and will focus on five hard-to-abate sectors: steel, glass, aluminium, cement and chemicals.
"Manufacturers must urgently accelerate and embrace sustainable technologies to future-proof their competitiveness, viability, and protect the other industries that they support."Nadine Bloxsome, editor Aluminium International Today and event director, SIM.
Nadine Bloxsome, editor of Aluminium International Today, and event director of SIM comments: “To deliver change at the speed required, manufacturers must urgently accelerate and embrace sustainable technologies to future-proof their competitiveness, viability, and protect the other industries that they support. SIM has been created to help address this challenge and encourage a collaborative approach. By working together to conserve resources and deliver change, industrial manufacturers can ensure a sound future for generations to come.”
The plan is for SIM to host leaders from the worlds of science, innovation, government, industry, and investment and provide the first opportunity for those at the frontier of energy intensive industrial manufacturing to collaborate and deliver real change.
The SIM agenda is being driven by a steering committee of international experts in the fields of industry, academia, R&D, media and investment and includes: Geoff Matthews, modulation specialist, EnergyFlex Pty Ltd; Pernelle Nunez, deputy secretary general and director – Sustainability, International Aluminium Institute; Oscar Verheijen, chairman of the GlassTrend Board, and Melanie Williams, a sustainability consultant.
SIM Europe will be the first of four planned regional events for 2022, with other editions likely to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates, United States and China.
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