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Creating an environmentally sustainable food factory: A case study of the Lighthouse project at Nestlé

Miah, JH, Griffiths, A, McNeill, R, Poonaji, I, Martin, R, Morse, S, Yang, A and Sadhukhan, J (2015) Creating an environmentally sustainable food factory: A case study of the Lighthouse project at Nestlé In: 12th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM) 2014, 22 Sep - 24 Sep 2014, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Many manufacturing companies recognise the need to produce products that are cleaner, greener, and environmentally sustainable, yet they are only at the early stages of this transition in addressing the symptoms of unsustainability at their direct operations by reducing waste and the use of energy, water and material. The implementation of reductions in these areas can be disparate and minimal given the life cycle of a product. Bridging the gap between the rhetoric of sustainable manufacturing and reality requires a holistic, systems thinking approach to ensure the implementation of sustainability is unified and strategic. This paper presents a novel environmentally sustainable manufacturing framework that encompasses energy, water, waste, biodiversity, and people & community. It adopts a systems thinking perspective to address the factories ‘environmental life cycle impact to deliver factory and supply chain benefits. The insights from the application at a Nestlé confectionery factory are reported.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Subjects : Environmental Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Miah, JHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Griffiths, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
McNeill, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Poonaji, IUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Martin, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Morse, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yang, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sadhukhan, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 27 March 2015
Funders : EPSRC
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.procir.2014.07.030
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Manufacturing, Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Thinking, Food Factory, Confectionery
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 05 Aug 2016 14:08
Last Modified : 22 Aug 2016 14:10
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811615

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