On average, users of the online service look to save £160k+ per site, per annum, with a target to more than halve the amount of resources used in manufacturing by 2030.

The world’s leading digital collaboration platform provider for sustainable business, 2degrees, has officially launched the M2030 bee, following a successful trial period. The bee helps engineers in factories cut operational costs, risks and impacts by enabling them to easily identify and prioritise actions, providing data to build the business case, and then tips, case studies and insights from peers to make it easier to implement.

Forty global manufacturers including multinational brands like Mars Inc. were involved in the trial, which resulted in an average saving potential of 6.7% or £160,800 per site, each year. 

Founder and CEO of 2degrees, Martin Chilcott, commented: 

“One of the biggest barriers for people progressing energy efficiency projects is a lack of time and resources to manage and execute a complex and long list of actions. The key to M2030 bee is that it makes this simple. The data and the knowledge in the system is constantly growing, and delivered in a way that supports existing energy reduction plans, or enables sites to quickly develop and execute new plans. The average manufacturing and distribution site is improving at about 1% per year, but sites using M2030 bee are able to get closer to best in class results at around 7%.”

M2030 Bee helps teams of people at an individual facility level; enabling engineers, operational, HSE and sustainability managers to access a continuously growing database of peer-validated insight and data from around the world, and to connect with other practitioners with relevant experience. This enables the user to act with confidence, and more easily identify and implement efficiency opportunities. The bee also enables users to manage budgets and track progress, showing financial and energy savings data and providing a more holistic view on the sustainability of their sites.

The most common actions so far have proved to be around high energy consuming technologies like air compressor systems and refrigeration.

Wayne Hodges, Engineering Manager at Freshtime commented: “A significant challenge all businesses face is knowing where to place time and resource. However, the bee goes a long way to minimising this issue, as the Return on Investment and complexity data gives us an informed, indicative picture of what we need to concentrate on. This enables us to feel confident in placing more resource in projects which look more successful, making us more efficient. This not only applies to projects we’re currently working on, but those we have coming up too – be it a quick job through to more strategic, long-term projects – saving us time, resource and money.”

Chilcott concluded: “We’ve had great input from some of the best minds in business, academic and practitioners, so with the launch of the bee we believe we are on the edge of a collaborative manufacturing revolution. Working in silos is now a significant disadvantage, companies need to work together to drive change, and the M2030 bee will help them do just that.”