Application of environmentally conscious manufacturing strategies for an automotive component

R. M. Thirupathi, S. Vinodh, R. Ben Ruben, Jiju Antony

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    Abstract

    Application of appropriate environmentally conscious manufacturing strategies enables the sustainable development of products and processes. Automotive component manufacturers recognise the potential of applying appropriate strategies for attaining Triple Bottom Line benefits. In this context, three strategies such as eco-efficiency, waste minimisation and material efficiency are being applied to minimise environmental impacts associated with the manufacture of automotive products and its associated processes. A case study of an automotive component manufacturing firm has been exemplified. After conducting the study, the potential environmental impact was reduced by 20% and eco-efficiency was improved by 13%. Further, improvements have been observed in terms of overall resource consumption and material efficiency. The overall power consumption was reduced by 18% and weight of the component was reduced by 11%. The study aimed at improving the sustainable performance of product by incorporating green and environmentally friendlier manufacturing practices. Abbreviations: USEPA: United Nations Environmental Protection Agency; OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; WBCSD: World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Eco-QFD: Environmental Quality Function Deployment; WCED: World Commission on Environment and Development; LCA: Life Cycle Assessment.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)95-107
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Engineering
    Volume12
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 4 Mar 2019

    Keywords

    • automotive product
    • eco-efficiency
    • environmentally conscious manufacturing
    • material efficiency
    • strategies
    • Sustainability
    • waste minimisation

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