Technology Record - Issue 32: Spring 2024

Ladha. “Measuring emissions needs upfront investment in technology, creating a data foundation and buy-in from all the functions across the manufacturing enterprise to make real advancements happen.” According to the World Economic Forum, which published The “No-Excuse” Opportunities to Tackle Scope 3 Emissions in Manufacturing and Value Chains whitepaper in December 2023, the manufacturing sector accounts for 30 per cent of global greenhouse gases emissions, and this figure is continuing to rise. Developing and implementing decarbonisation strategies is not only vital for manufacturers for the longterm sustainability of their business, but also the planet. Sustainability strides “Once a company begins to employ the right tools to measure and understand their carbon footprint, they can then begin to improve operational efficiencies and mitigate the impact of climate change,” says Ladha. “The positive improvements also include improving reputation and brand image while attracting environmentally conscious customers.” Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability unifies data to help organisations design and improve sustainability solutions to target their environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. Also, Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing can help manufacturers identify areas where they can improve efficiency, reduce waste and minimise their environmental impact. With AI solutions from Microsoft, manufacturers are empowered to increase automation, which can drive sustainability and also create resiliency. The new ESG data and reporting capabilities and insights in Microsoft Sustainability Manager enable organisations to “record, report and reduce their environmental impact, streamline supplier engagement and gain actionable insights for more informed decisionmaking,” says Ladha. “For instance, Microsoft 93 INDUSTRIALS & MANUFACTURING “ The Copilot feature in Microsoft Sustainability Manager enables natural-language interaction” PARAG LADHA, MICROSOFT Photo: iStock/FangXiaNuo