Environmental benefits riding the coattails of lean production: can an integration of environmental aspects and lean production result in synergies and a reduced risk of sub-opimisation
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of EcoDesign 2009: 6th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing, Sapporo, Japan, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
The purpose of this study was to investigate how work with Lean and environmental aspects affect one another, and if possible and beneficial from a business point-of-view, how they could be integrated into a single model.
It was found that several of the fundamental concepts concerning Lean and environmental aspects support one another. Further, Lean has the potential to improve the environmental performance of a company, and can contributeto the environmental work by its proactive approach, structured way of operating and long-term way of thinking. The environmental perspective can contribute to Lean with its more holistic view; additional cost savingsand improvements might be found when looking at the operations from an environmental point-of-view.
The study showed that it is not only possible to integrate Lean and environmental work, but that it also has the potential to be beneficial from both a business and an environmental standpoint. Integration can reduce the risk of sub-optimization, and synergies can be achieved. With this knowledge, the authors composed a model for how Lean and environmental work can be practised and integrated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sapporo, Japan, 2009.
Green Lean, waste, value, manufacturing, eco design, streamline, flow, sustainable, just in time, EMS
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-51290OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-51290DiVA: diva2:273956
6th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing, EcoDesign 2009, 6-9 December in Sapporo, Japan