Ben Goodare, Head of Sustainability at Gloucestershire based global engineering technologies company Renishaw, has been selected as one of The Manufacturer’s Top 100 role models for the manufacturing industry. The list aims to showcase the most inspiring individuals in the UK’s manufacturing industry, illustrating the enthusiasm, commitment and important work they contribute to the sector. Goodare was nominated for his contribution to The Manufacturer’s online sustainable manufacturing symposium during the lockdown.
During his nine years working at Renishaw, Goodare has implemented a carbon management system. When he started, he began by using data from 139 properties to calculate Renishaw’s carbon footprint. Once Goodare determined this figure he began working to reduce it. In the past five years, Renishaw has successfully reduced its carbon footprint by 39 per cent. This has been achieved through a range of actions, including switching to low impact lighting, installing insulation and changing to almost all renewable energy sources.
In November 2021, Renishaw committed to a science-based Net Zero target with the internationally respected Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) race to zero campaign to turn its ambitions into action. Goodare is assembling a central team of six, who will ensure that sustainability is embedded into everything Renishaw does and make sure it influences the way decisions are made across the business in order to achieve its targets.
“It was great to see such a range of people recognised in The Manufacturer’s Top 100,” commented Goodare. “To be recognised for sustainability work in the industry demonstrates that manufacturing and sustainability go hand in hand. One great thing about my role is how applicable the work is — I work with everyone at Renishaw because sustainability is relevant to all aspects of our business.”
He continued, “Everyone at Renishaw, both in the UK and around the world, is passionate about sustainability and is supportive of the work done by my team. It is also great to have a Board and Executive Committee who are so committed to sustainability because without their commitment and drive, we wouldn’t be able to achieve such great results.”
“Moving forward, as a team we will work closely with suppliers and customers. Each business is at a different stage in its sustainability journey, so we can all learn from and support one another. Solving environmental challenges requires ideas from a range of people. Fortunately, Renishaw has thousands of engineers who are all creative problem solvers to help us develop innovative solutions,” concluded Goodare.
Despite having already achieved significant reductions in its carbon footprint, Renishaw’s recent commitment to a science-based Net Zero target demonstrates its continued drive to reduce environmental impacts further.