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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 88; doi:10.3390/su9010088

Quick Green Scan: A Methodology for Improving Green Performance in Terms of Manufacturing Processes

Institute of Organization of Production Systems, Faculty of Production Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, 86 Narbutta Street, 02-524 Warszawa, Poland
Academic Editors: Marc A. Rosen and Daniel A. Vallero
Received: 14 September 2016 / Revised: 15 December 2016 / Accepted: 30 December 2016 / Published: 11 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Pollution Monitoring and Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

The heating sector has begun implementing technologies and practices to tackle the environmental and social–economic problems caused by their production process. The purpose of this paper is to develop a methodology, “the Quick-Green-Scan”, that caters for the need of quick assessment decision-makers to improve green manufacturing performance in companies that produce heating devices. The study uses a structured approach that integrates Life Cycle Assessment-based indicators, framework and linguistic scales (fuzzy numbers) to evaluate the extent of greening of the enterprise. The evaluation criteria and indicators are closely related to the current state of technology, which can be improved. The proposed methodology has been created to answer the question whether a company acts on the opportunity to be green and whether these actions are contributing towards greening, maintaining the status quo or moving away from a green outcome. Results show that applying the proposed improvements in processes helps move the facility towards being a green enterprise. Moreover, the methodology, being particularly quick and simple, is a practical tool for benchmarking, not only in the heating industry, but also proves useful in providing comparisons for facility performance in other manufacturing sectors. View Full-Text
Keywords: quick green scan; green manufacturing; improving green performance; green company; green movement quick green scan; green manufacturing; improving green performance; green company; green movement
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