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Emergence of sustainable manufacturing practices

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JournalProduction Planning and Control
DateE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2011
DatePublished (current) - 1 May 2012
Issue number5
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)354-376
Early online date24/05/11
Original languageEnglish


Sustainable manufacturing appears to be a rapidly developing field and it would be expected that there is a growing body of knowledge in this area. Initial examination of the literature shows evidence of sustainable work in the areas of product design, supply chain, production technology and waste avoidance activities. Manufacturers publish metrics showing significant improvements in environmental performance at high level but information on how these improvements are achieved is sparse. Examining peer reviewed publications focused on production operations there are few cases reporting details and there has been little prior analysis of published sustainable manufacturing activity. Moreover, the mismatch between academic and practitioner language leads to challenges in interpretation. This paper captures and analyses the types of sustainable manufacturing activities through literature review. In turn this can help manufacturers to access examples of good practice and help academics identify areas for future research

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    Research areas

  • sustainable manufacturing; literature review; best practice; case studies

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