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Transforming the uk metal industries: challenges and opportunities

Ahmadinia, Masoud ORCID:, Velenturf, Anne, Setchi, Rossi ORCID:, Evans, Sam L. ORCID:, McKendree, Jean and Bolton, Jon 2023. Transforming the uk metal industries: challenges and opportunities. Presented at: International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Split, Croatia, 14-16 September 2022. International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies , vol.338 pp. 43-56. 10.1007/978-981-19-9205-6_5

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The extraction and processing procedures in the metal industries have resulted in a wide range of environmental problems that need to be addressed to achieve net-zero in the UK. The current strategies are heavily biased toward end-of-life phase assessments (such as recycling), possibly neglecting other possible opportunities across entire life cycles, such as advances in product design, manufacturing and in-use phases. TransFIRe is a proactive, interdisciplinary, inclusive research and practice-driven hub with visions to transform foundation industries. The current work represents the results from TransFIRe’s Metal Technical Working Group’s workshops and meetings with the industry and academic partners. Discussions covered the drivers and barriers for transformative change in the UK metal industries, actors in control of the drivers and barriers, actions they could take, and any gaps in the expertise they might face. Besides, the presented analysis includes the environmental impacts of UK metal industries and a review of the solutions offered in previous studies and roadmaps to meet Net Zero targets in the UK. PESTLE and SWOT analyses have been provided to help make a systematic and thorough evaluation of UK metal industries and identify and overcome its challenges for transformative change. Our preliminary assessment shows that lack of government support and capital investment, high energy cost, lack of skilled people, limited recycling facilities and strict recycling regulations are some of the main barriers to transforming UK metal industries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
ISBN: 978-981-19-9205-6
ISSN: 2190-3018
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2023 10:13

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