Historically when people think of manufacturing they do not think of green manufacturing because the thought of manufacturing is large companies, putting numerous emissions into the air to manufacture their products; this thought is changing and changing fast.
Green Manufacturing (Paradigm Shift to Sustainable Capitalism) So, what are companies doing in the way of green manufacturing?
In the last decade alone, the demand for the manufacture of goods worldwide has risen to a new level; resulting in tragic levels of C02 emissions being pumped into the world’s atmosphere. In 2010, there was 33,000 tonnes of C02 released into the atmosphere as a result of manufacturers. If we don’t reduce this number, these greenhouse gases will change the world for good through climate change. So, what are companies doing in the way of green manufacturing? This book Green Manufacturing (Paradigm Shift to Sustainable Capitalism) investigates this, whilst looking over the numerous positives of turning to a deeper shade of green.
Through this book you can find out what consumers are saying to green companies; their demands for greener products. The promise of safety, health and energy saving and even during an economic downturn they still demand green products are just some of the insights that Green Manufacturing (Paradigm Shift to Sustainable Capitalism) has revealed about consumers. By reading this book, you as the consumer will realise that you have the power to make companies more eco-friendly through your individual stance; for manufacturers are now realising that people respect eco-friendly companies, preferring to spend their money on them rather than a company without any green policies. Companies will learn the value of being greener and the benefits this brings to a more sustainable future.
Nowadays, it seems like “Going Green” and efficient manufacturing have become synonymous with one another. It makes perfect sense for this to be true though, since one of the primary goals for any manufacturer and also any environmentalist is minimizing waste and saving energy. Some will say that going “green” is just what companies should do because it is better for the world we live in or because we only have one planet. Without argument, both statements are entirely true; however, successfully implementing green manufacturing practices requires a business case. The European Union estimates that more than 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined in the product conception phase. So then the question is, wouldn’t it make sense as a business case to build an optimized operation that not only achieves all manufacturing goals but also employs green practices in doing so?
For green manufacturing to succeed, industrial development needs to continue to progress and simultaneously needs to avoid foreclosing the needs of future generations. This relies on planning and the ability of designers, engineers, and manufacturers alike to take into account all costs of a product, both intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic to a product are costs that go into buying material, operating a machine; extrinsic to this product, however, are costs such as where a shop purchases its energy from coal-fired or renewable sources. Choices made in the planning of a product lifecycle can greatly minimize its impact on the environment.