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The most appealing steps towards decarbonisation of SMEs in the UK

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posted on 2024-02-07, 16:05 authored by Elisha Rasif, Katie Louise Leggett, Chris Ivory
This paper aims to examine current efforts of small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK towards decarbonisation using the circular economy principles. Business operations are at the heart of decarbonisation, and the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide output from operations is currently a key concern. This study subsequently analyses which energy choices and circular economy (CE) practices have been the most attractive option, along with the overall long-term sustainability of these choices. A facilitated workshop methodology was undertaken with SMEs already using CE principles to improve their sustainability credentials and lowering their carbon footprint. The results led to the identification that solar energy has been chosen as the key focus towards greener energy, with the reduction of materials used in operations as the primary CE practice. These being easier actions which do not disrupt current operations, however for longer-term sustainability stronger actions like closing material loops will be needed.

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Publication title

Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies

ISSN

2190-3018

Publisher

Springer

Title of book

Sustainable Design and Manufacturing. SDM 2023.

ISBN

9789819981588

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  • Accepted version

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