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Developing a Sustainability Manufacturing Maturity Model



Mahesh Mani


Sustainable manufacturing (SM) broadly implies the development of innovative manufacturing sciences and technologies that span the life cycle of products and services to minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities, and consumers, and are economically sound. The goal towards SM is multifaceted. SM is more than recycling materials and sourcing renewable energy as commonly perceived; it requires a holistic and life cycle thinking. Industry today falls short of a comprehensive, yet, amicable framework that will encompass all aspects of sustainable manufacturing (design practices, energy use, zero landfill, toxic materials, etc). Additionally there is a lack of support for quantifiable measurements to objectively evaluate and identify improvement areas for standards conformance. Further, industry needs appropriate tools to effectively plan for and evaluate sustainable manufacturing s maturity short-term, intermediate and long-term objectives. Such a maturity model s value will rely on a consistent set of performance indicators and test models that can be quantifiably measured with stated uncertainties. This paper discusses the concepts of, and efforts required to develop, a sustainable manufacturing maturity model (SMMM). Our SMMM recommendation is facilitated by life cycle management (LCM) tools, techniques and measurements through manufacturing unit process characterizations.
The IMS Summer School - Manufacturing Strategy First Edition 2010: Sustainable Manufacturing


sustainable manufacturing, life cycle management, maturity models, unit process characterizations, best practices


Mani, M. (2010), Developing a Sustainability Manufacturing Maturity Model, The IMS Summer School - Manufacturing Strategy First Edition 2010: Sustainable Manufacturing, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created June 30, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017