How parts washing aligns with the Defence Sustainable Development Strategy

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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has recently introduced the Defence Sustainable Development Strategy, which replaces the previous Sustainable Procurement Strategy. The Defence Sustainable Development Strategy aims to promote sustainable practices within the MOD and the wider defence industry, including sustainable procurement practices.

The Defence Sustainable Development Strategy sets out the UK’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and provides a framework for delivering sustainable development across the defence industry. The strategy includes a range of targets, such as reducing carbon emissions, promoting sustainable sourcing, and minimising waste.


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For companies that supply the defence industry in the UK, meeting the stringent requirements made on them is of paramount importance. As part of their responsibilities, they need to ensure the reliability and safety of the products they provide to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), while also meeting the sustainability targets set by the UK government. Parts washing is one way in which companies can achieve these goals.


The importance of maintenance

In the defence industry, maintenance is critical, and a major part of the defence budget. The equipment, machinery, and vehicles that are used, must be kept in excellent condition to ensure that they function correctly when they are needed most.

Extending asset life through a well planned maintenance programme is also an essential element in meeting sustainability targets. To achieve this, companies need to have robust maintenance procedures in place, which includes cleaning and inspecting components.

Parts washing helps remove dirt, grease, and other contaminants that can interfere with the functioning of the equipment and potentially the safety of the operator. Reliability of parts washing equipment and no or minimal downtime, is therefore a vital consideration. Having some of the most efficient and sustainable parts washing machines in the industry and a fast response time ensures Metalwash can meet these requirements.

Waste reducing sustainability targets

In addition to meeting the maintenance requirements of the MOD, companies that supply the defence industry must also be mindful of waste reduction and sustainability targets. The UK government has set ambitious goals for reducing waste and promoting sustainability, and companies that want to work with the MOD must adhere to these standards. By using parts washing equipment that is designed to be eco-friendly, companies can reduce their impact on the environment, while also meeting the requirements set out by the MOD.

Our tanks are designed to keep operating consumption costs down, and with maximum tank capacity to extend fluid life, service and labour costs are reduced. Our cleaning technology is water based and highly efficient.

Improved Safety

As mentioned above safety is of the utmost importance in the defence industry, lives can depend on it. Safety however also extends to parts washing equipment itself. Companies must ensure that their employees are safe when using parts washing equipment. This means investing in high-quality equipment that is easy to use and maintain, and that is designed to minimise the risk of accidents..


The Defence Sustainable Development Strategy provides a framework for delivering sustainable development across the defence industry. Sustainable procurement is a crucial part of this strategy, and suppliers that fail to comply with the sustainability requirements set out by the MOD may find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to securing contracts.

By using eco-friendly parts washing equipment, suppliers can demonstrate sustainable practices and for the MOD themselves by using efficient, environmentally friendly cleaning technologies, and making parts washing part of their MRO requirements, they are taking another step closer to meeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

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