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Lean-Green Manufacturing Practices and Their Link to Sustainability

Version 1 : Received: 15 November 2019 / Approved: 17 November 2019 / Online: 17 November 2019 (09:34:54 CET)

How to cite: Abualfaraa, W.; Salonitis, K.; Al-Ashaab, A.; Ala’raj, M. Lean-Green Manufacturing Practices and Their Link to Sustainability. Preprints 2019, 2019110197 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0197.v1). Abualfaraa, W.; Salonitis, K.; Al-Ashaab, A.; Ala’raj, M. Lean-Green Manufacturing Practices and Their Link to Sustainability. Preprints 2019, 2019110197 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0197.v1).

Abstract

The current rapidly changing and highly competitive market has put companies under a great pressure not only to be successful, but also to sustain their success into the future. In addition, in recent years, companies have become more aware of the fact that it is no longer enough to take care of economic aspects, being crucial to also take care of environmental and social aspects in order to actually succeed and lead in the current and future markets. In this context, companies are urged to move towards more innovative manufacturing practices that maintain a healthy balance among economic, environmental and social performances, which are the three pillars of the sustainability performance. To give some insight into this issue, a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) is conducted in this paper regarding the current trends in the field, doing special focus on the link between lean-green manufacturing and the different sustainability aspects. The SLR concluded that lean and green implementations as stand-alone systems are usually not enough to ensure the required balance between the three pillars of sustainability, suggesting further combining them into a single approach. Researchers expect to achieve further improvements in the sustainability performance moving towards the next level of sustainability.

Subject Areas

lean manufacturing; green manufacturing; lean-green manufacturing; sustainability

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