Two weeks before the conference, all delegates are asked to submit questions to our speakers in advance – enabling them to provide insight on the specific issues and examples the audience faces. Sustainable Manufacturing Summit Online mirrors the format of our established and successful face-to-face conference, featuring a combination of Plenary and Discussion Room sessions.


Our Plenary sessions bring together all attendees in a single virtual room – concentrating the event’s focus on a series of high-profile content sessions. These content sessions include presentations from our keynote speakers, short & snappy “Five-Minute Ideas”, as well as expertly moderated panel discussions.
Each Plenary session will be accompanied by Q&A from the audience, allowing you to ask follow-up questions.

Discussion Rooms

Periodically during the conference the audience will split to into three Discussion Rooms, for a 40-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a leading manufacturer and a technology expert. Each Discussion Room is dedicated to a specific, and you can choose the ones that are most relevant to you.
In each session, you’ll hear insights from both of your co-hosts before an extended, moderated Q&A using questions submitted in advance, and live on the day.


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A welcome from our Chairperson.

  • Looking at your operations in a new way
  • Finding improvements, you didn’t think were possible

Daniel Summerbell, Knowledge Transfer Fellow Industrial Sustainability, IfM, University of Cambridge

  • Why the can is the most recycled beverage container
  • Key facts about recycling that are often overlooked
  • Adding colour and design without compromising recyclability
  • Beyond BPA, GEN 1, GEN 2 Assessing every substance in the supply chain
  • EU Packaging policy shifting towards circularity

Ramon Arratia, Sustainability & Public Affairs Director, Ball Packaging

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Energy Reduction & Management

Which targets should be set. How to structure and finance your consumption reduction efforts. How to deal with on-site renewable energy generation and cogeneration projects. How to green your remaining off-grid supply.

Water Management 

Reducing water use in manufacturing operations has meant changing the way people think. Until recently water has been widely undervalued by manufacturers despite its importance operationally and as an ingredient, it has typically had a low purchase price and been seen as abundant in supply. This is improving and we are getting better at understanding the costs of water to our business and seeing its impact on our operations directly or indirectly. Initiatives such as rainwater harvesting, solar water heating and vacuum pump optimisation are improving the situation.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

All industry contributes to CO2 emissions and its’ old news that this isn’t great for the environment. Changing the way, we work to reduce our carbon footprint is at the forefront of business conversation. But as manufacturers, what actions can you take within your business to make a real difference?

Renewable Energy

To ensure a sustainable energy future, use of renewable energy sources and technologies needs to be scaled up not only for electricity generation but also in the end-use sectors of buildings, transport and industry. Renewables could grow to around 27% of total final energy consumption for global manufacturing by 2030, assuming the availability of low-cost, and sustainable, biomass sources as well as reduced capital costs for emerging technologies.

Legislation and Funding

Over recent years, governments, particularly those in the Western developed world, have come to realise that changes have to be made if the situation is to improve. To that end a whole range of legislation has been introduced and there promises to be a great deal more in the coming years. These include the climate change act, pollution control, air quality, water quality, contaminated land and waste legislation.

What funding is available from government and other sources to help manufacturers achieve these sustainability goals?

Employee Engagement

 The key to creating a vibrant and sustainable company is to find ways to get all employees—from top executives to assembly line workers—personally engaged in day-to-day corporate sustainability efforts.

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Elimination, Reduction and Recovery

Looking at waste materials as a resource, converting raw materials into products and reducing the amount of waste generated. If cannot be reused or reduced look to reuse or recycle it. Look to recover energy from the waste.

Collaboration and Monetization


Water treatment


Rethinking Packaging


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Sustainable Production Systems

According to EU research over 80% of all product-related environmental impacts can be influenced during the design phase. As a result, there have been increasing calls for designers and clients to adopt more sustainable practices to help business reduce the environmental impacts associated with their products and services.

Circularity – product and process design, form and function


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