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A comparison of four sustainable manufacturing strategies

Rashid, SHA and Evans, S and Longhurst, P (2008) A comparison of four sustainable manufacturing strategies. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 1. pp. 214-229. ISSN 1939-7038

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Abstract

Effective use of materials is one possible component of a sustainable manufacturing strategy. There are many such strategies proposed in the literature and used in practice, with confusion over what they are, what the differences among them may be and how they can be used by practitioners in design and manufacture to improve the sustainability of their product and processes. This paper reviews the literature on sustainable manufacturing strategies that deliver improved material performance. Four primary strategies were found: waste minimisation; material efficiency; resource efficiency; and eco-efficiency. The literature was analysed to determine the key characteristics of these sustainable manufacturing strategies and 17 characteristics were found. The four strategies were then compared and contrasted against all the characteristics. While current literature often uses these strategy titles in a confusing, occasionally inter-changeable manner, this study attempts to create clear separation between them. Definition, scope and practicality of measurement are shown to be key characteristics that impact upon the ability of manufacturing companies to make effective use of the proposed strategy. It is observed that the most actionable strategies may not include all of the dimensions of interest to a manufacturer wishing to become more sustainable, creating a dilemma between ease of implementation and breadth of impact. © 2008 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eco-efficiency Material efficiency Resource efficiency Sustainability Sustainable manufacturing Waste minimisation
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:30
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:28
DOI: 10.1080/19397030802513836