The energy sector, industrial processes and waste industries are all essential services, however they are also significant contributors to global environmental problems including air pollution and water pollution.
Manufacturing plays a big part in CO2 production, and whilst it is necessary for the ongoing support of society, a balance needs to be found to help reduce pollution issues.
In recent years, the social and political discourse among world leaders and manufacturing corporations has resulted in one consensus: that we cannot ignore the effect of heavy industry on the environment any longer.
At Croft Filters, environmental issues are close to our heart, and we are proud to be a leader of environmental filtration solutions. It is part of our mission to create awareness of how environmentally friendly specific filtration systems can be.
Today, we look at how filtration plays its part in the environmental agenda, and how manufacturers reading this can do their part to help.
How Far Have We Come Since the Paris Agreement?
World leaders took their first step in tackling the pollution problem in heavy industries with the Paris Agreement in 2015. Prior to this manufacturers, among other industries, had free reign over their CO2 output and targets to reduce it had not been taken seriously.
A goal was set for the 184 countries who signed the agreement to keep global warming under 2.6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2030, by introducing green pledges and processes. Five years later, some countries have achieved more success than others, and whilst small steps have been made, there is still a long way to go.
In December 2020, the U.K. announced that their target to contribute towards the Paris Agreement was to reduce emissions by 68% by 2030.
The plan will be championed by a variety of schemes. This includes an end to U.K. funding for fossil fuels overseas, a green bank to support low-carbon investment and more renewable energy generation.
Croft Filters work closely with different manufacturers across a wide range of sectors, including the power generation sectors. We are excited for a future in which more and more industries and manufacturers opt for our sustainable filtration solutions.
Croft Filters Environmental Agenda
We support environmentally-friendly manufacturing in a variety of ways.
First of all, the Croft Filters interchange allows companies of any size or type who currently use disposable filters in their processes to be given a chance to see how they can benefit from reusable, metal filters instead.
If you currently use disposable filters, you can send a sample of your filter to us and our engineers will assess whether we can create a metal alternative which can be either cleaned or refurbished to allow reuse.
In doing this, organisations can reduce their contribution to landfill, which is a major contributor to CO2; the methane released by landfill contributes 23 times more heat to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
Additive Manufacturing – Reducing CO2 Emissions with 3D Printing
3D printing and reducing carbon emissions – you might be wondering where the link is.
There are many benefits to additively manufactured (3D printed) parts. These include a reduction in the cost of entry and prototyping costs, the capacity for small production runs, and the ease with which we can create and optimise unique parts that can’t be made with traditional manufacturing.
Where 3D printing is critical and valuable to the carbon target is in the ultra-lightweight qualities of additively manufactured parts.
A study on additive manufacturing found that 3D printing could reduce CO2 emission intensities of industrial manufacturing by up to 5% by 2025. This study was based on the Eco-Indicator milliPoints (mPts) system which considers factors such as materials, production processes, transportation and extra energy.
When your organisation opts for a 3D printed part over a traditionally manufactured part, you are reducing carbon emissions at every point in the process from prototyping to the part being in situ.
Promoting Innovation to Reduce Carbon Emissions for the Future
We believe that innovation and pushing boundaries are integral to reducing carbon emissions, and this is something that is at the heart of our ethos.
We have recently partnered with Titan Electricity on a ground-breaking project to produce net-zero energy. Our manufacturing technology will play a part in the study, which aims to create green energy to reduce carbon emissions even further.
How can Croft Help You to Improve Your Filtration System to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?
Are you interested in finding out how Croft Filters can help your manufacturing organisation reduce your emissions and play your part in fighting climate change?
If you would like to know more about our filter interchange or how our 3D printing service can drive innovation, reduce costs and cut emissions in your business, get in touch with our team here.
With over 30 years’ experience developing and delivering high-quality filtration solutions across a range of industries worldwide – including chemical, oil and gas, food and beverage, power generation, pharmaceuticals, utilities and waste management – Croft Filters specialises in the Additive Manufacture of complex metal components.
Croft Additive Manufacturing Ltd is a sister company to Croft Filters. With improvements in filter output, AM has allowed the company to design to add value, optimise parts and enable low volume production. It has also helped Croft’s environmental policy by allowing them to introduce reusable filters – reducing their carbon footprint and that of their customers.
One of the benefits enjoyed by Croft’s customers is the fast turnaround service they offer. From the U.K. to Europe and USA, Croft can quickly process orders and get them to clients with minimum fuss. This is partly due to the benefits of AM – and the speed at which turnaround can be achieved from initial order to despatch.
With state-of-the-art equipment, award-winning custom filter options and additive manufacturing knowledge, Croft can help their customers achieve their goals of a more efficient and productive business.