As the world faces escalating environmental challenges and we continually strive to move towards a more eco-conscious future, it goes without saying that implementing sustainability strategies and addressing environmental impact for the good of our world is a no brainer for manufacturers aiming to contribute to sustainability and differentiate themselves from their competitors in the marketplace.

Sustainable engineering has become increasingly important in the manufacturing industry in recent years. The design, fabrication and commercialisation of new products that are considerate of both the environment and society, are the cornerstones of green engineering. Sustainable development essentially needs to meet current demands through technological advancement, whilst also ensuring that this progress does not compromise future generations.

And engineers have a vital role to play in this crucial development process. By focusing on factors such as the efficient use of energy to help conserve natural resources, the minimisation of waste, the reduction of carbon emissions and the utilisation of renewable energy, engineers can significantly promote a healthier living environment without sacrificing either product efficacy or economic viability.

To successfully achieve these goals, engineers need to build on the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, societal and economic factors – taking them into equal consideration at every single stage of a project’s lifecycle, from conception right through to disposal. It is not enough for an engineer to balance out the positive impacts of one area with the negatives of another, but rather should build on all three to achieve minimal environmental impact, social benefit and economic success by reducing the negative effect of engineering on our surroundings, balancing the impact on society with the technical benefits and promoting long term sustainability by ensuring that projects meet the needs of both present and future generations.

Sustainability in engineering faces significant challenges in our modern world. Engineers must seek innovative solutions that balance economic growth whilst recognising the ethical and environmental issues surrounding technological advancements. The development and utilisation of sustainable materials to minimise emissions and waste is also key – engineers need to incorporate clean, renewable energy sources to address the detrimental effects of pollution and reduce greenhouse gases. Other challenges are to encourage behavioural change, which can be addressed by creating awareness about the importance of sustainable development and educating people about the impact of their actions on the environment, and addressing social and cultural factors in sustainability projects, which requires engineers, stakeholders and communities to work together.

As advances in every industry become increasingly more complex, the development of high-quality products with long-term viability, and designs that take whole-life environmental impact into consideration, are key for minimising negative impact, with life cycle analysis being a useful tool for anticipating potential impact on the environment at every stage of a product’s lifecycle.

Environmental sustainability is central to Airdri’s ongoing product development. Our UK based team of specialist engineers are committed to innovating and developing products that are energy-efficient, reliable, durable and sustainable, reflecting our commitment to waste, energy, noise reduction and clean air.

This commitment is evident in the development of Airdri’s latest hand dryer, the PowerDRI. Over a 2 year process, from concept to manufacturing, our engineers built a hand dryer with energy efficiency and longevity in mind. The PowerDRI hand dryer boasts top-tier features including an ultra-low energy motor and a blade air output for minimal operating times, and of course, comes with the Airdri leading 7-year full warranty as standard.  

It is crucial to strike a balance between sustainability, energy efficiency, waste and cost to design products that are both affordable and environmentally friendly. By adopting green practices and technologies throughout every project lifecycle, incorporating sustainable materials and processes and avoiding the sacrifice of eco goals in the pursuit of cost reductions, engineers can ultimately take significant and meaningful actions towards reductions in carbon footprint, minimising waste, improving green credentials and contributing to a more sustainable future. 

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