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Better, Faster, Stronger? MIT Study Reveals Alarming Resource & Energy Inefficiency in Modern Manufacturing

Modern manufacturing methods are spectacularly inefficient in their use of energy and materials, according to a MIT research study of the energy use of 20 major manufacturing processes.

“The seemingly extravagant use of materials and energy resources by many newer manufacturing processes alongside claims of improved sustainability from products manufactured by these means is alarming,” Gutowksi and his colleagues announced, now published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T).

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