COP26 – What Does This Mean for Manufacturers?

Following on from the COP 26 summit, manufacturing sectors could be affected by:

  • Increased electricity prices and non-commodity rates (e.g. CCL)
  • Increased carbon prices
  • Increased demand for sustainable procurement
  • Increased mandatory carbon reporting
  • Introduction of carbon product labelling


In less than 100 days the 26th summit of the Conference of Parties (COP) will be held in the United Kingdom for the first time, and crucially, is the first occasion that countries must set more ambitious targets in the aim to secure a global net-zero.

For high-energy users such as the manufacturing sector, the new targets discussed COP 26 could see harsher decarbonisation policies globally. In turn, this can have massive impacts on electricity and gas rates, especially as the UK imports over half its energy.

Decarbonisation in industry is becoming increasingly demanded and regulated. Set out in its Industrial Decarbonisation white paper, the UK Government has many policies in the pipeline that could have a heavy impact on manufacturers. The COP 26 summit could see a more imminent deployment of these policies. As a result, companies may be affected by increased mandatory carbon reporting and an introduction of carbon labelling on products.

We are currently working with many manufacturers to help them retain competitiveness in a carbon-constrained economy. If you would like to know more about net-zero and why so many businesses are striving towards it, contact one of our Low-Carbon Consultants.