In just the past couple of years, there has been a tremendous trend towards sustainability throughout the world, and within the business sector. The findings within the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Fifth Assessment Report back in 2013 are what initially brought the global warming crisis to light for many. The data in this report, which clarified just how heavily climate change was associated with human activities, would go on to inspire the 2016 Paris Agreement.
While there are many factors to keep in mind when it comes to environmentalism and responsible consumption, the main focus of the Paris Agreement is to keep temperature rise well below a 2°C increase in the 21st century. Actions to reach this goal involve significantly reducing carbon emissions and the consumption of fossil fuels. As climate change continues to be a hot button topic, an increasing number of global initiatives are arising to turn the tide on how humanity is managing its resources.
Fast forward just a few years following the Paris Agreement, and sustainability has become a fundamental factor in today’s consumption and purchasing landscape. Customers now value sustainability so much that more than 90% of today’s CEOs acknowledge that it is fundamental for a successful business. As the pioneers of the automated 3D post-printing industry, we are aware of the responsibility we carry to build a sector that is eager to act upon sustainability initiatives.
The good news is, we’re off to a great start considering that our products are inherently sustainable. Compared to traditional support removal methods, our software-driven technology improves workflow efficiencies while reducing energy and chemical usage. But to us, the most significant value in our solutions is a human-centric one – the reduction of time spent on manual labor. Without our automated solutions, post-printing typically requires tedious hands-on labor to complete support removal or surface finishing. While these inefficiencies can negatively impact a company’s overhead, the energy that technicians and engineers are wasting on post-printing is an even more significant issue. These individuals should instead be able to use their full potential to work on more fruitful projects. Additionally, it’s no surprise that excessive manual labor can have a negative impact on overall health and wellbeing.
Our sustainability initiatives do not end with our products, though. Sustainability is at the heart of our company, and we are continually striving to incorporate more of it into our day-to-day operations. Much like we focus on integrative 3D printing based on the three steps of design, print, and post-print, our efforts towards sustainability trickle down into three concerted initiatives: People. Planet. Profits.
For each of these areas of focus, we’ve drawn inspiration from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. While we strive to incorporate all 17 goals into the foundation of PostProcess Technologies, we have pulled three out to focus our initiatives around:
Good Health & Wellbeing: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.
Decent Work & Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
Responsible Consumption & Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
For more insight, take a look at our new Dedication to Sustainability webpage, where we delve into the variety of actions that we are taking to ensure we’re meeting these initiatives. We’re excited to be building a company that will remain sustainable, in many senses of the word, for years to come.
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