A personal view by the author of how, as a research engineer and manager, first in the private sector and now in government service, he witnessed the emergence of a compelling case for sustainable manufacturing and also gained several important insights along the way. From my vantage point, there were three distinct epochs for this emergence characterized by: (1) the initial shock when the European regulation commonly known as RoHS (Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances) hit the global electronics industry, (2) the epiphany when some smart businesses recognized that there is money to be made in embracing sustainability, and (3) the current awakening that sustainability is the key driver of innovation and is an emerging megatrend in industry.
Citation: International Journal of Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy
Pub Type: Journals
sustainability, sustainable manufacturing, RoHS, systems engineering, innovativeness