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USING INDUSTRY FOCUS GROUPS AND LITERATURE REVIEW TO IDENTIFY CHALLENGES IN SUSTAINABLE ASSESSMENT THEORY AND PRACTICE

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Author(s)

Mahesh Mani, Karl Haapala, Matteo Smullin, Katherine C. Morris

Abstract

The bottom up demand from consumers for more sustainable products, and the top down need to comply with government regulations motivates manufacturers to adopt tools and methods to evaluate their operations for opportunities to reduce environmental impact and improve competitiveness. Manufacturers have actively improved the sustainability of their products through the use of such tools and methods. However recently, manufacturers are struggling to maintain the necessary gains in energy and material efficiency due to the assessment inaccuracies of current ad hoc methods and their inability to identify large improvement opportunities in sustainability related assessments. Overcoming this barrier requires standardized methods and tools that are for use and which contain accurate manufacturing process-level information. This study contrasts the perspective of industry and academic research on the topics of sustainable manufacturing metrics and measurements, and process modeling to determine the deficits that exist in enacting academic theory to practice. Furthermore, this study highlights some of the industry responses to the development of related standards for sustainability assessment.
Proceedings Title
ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences
and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
IDETC2016
August 21-24, 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina
Conference Dates
August 21-24, 2016
Conference Location
Charlotte, NC
Conference Title
ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in
Engineering Conference
and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
IDETC2016 August 21-24, 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina

Keywords

SUSTAINABLE ASSESSMENT, UNIT MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Created August 24, 2016, Updated February 19, 2017