An environmental perspective on Lean production

Christoph Herrmann, Sebastian Thiede, Julian Stehr, Lars Bergmann

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To cope with the challenges of the business environment companies strive to reorganize their production with certain principles and methods in the sense of Lean Production. Whereas these measures are naturally primarily motivated by classical production objectives like cost, time, quality or flexibility, companies also face diverse originally environmentally driven challenges which also incorporate a strong economic relevance. However, methods of Lean Production are not necessarily environmentally friendly. Thus, there may exist certain conflicts in goals for companies. Against this background, this paper presents an analysis of the coherences and interdependencies between Lean Production and ecologically oriented variables specifically energy consumption. Besides the discussion of principles and methods regarding their environmental influence, a simulation approach is used to analyze the specific effects of certain Lean Production measures on economic as well as environmental variables of a manufacturing line.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManufacturing Systems and Technologies for the New Frontier
Subtitle of host publicationThe 41st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems May 26–28, 2008, Tokyo, Japan
EditorsMamoru Mitsuishi, Kanji Ueda, Fumihiko Kimura
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84800-267-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-84800-266-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event41st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP CMS 2008: Manufacturing Systems and Technologies for the New Frontier - University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 26 May 200828 May 2008
Conference number: 41


Conference41st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP CMS 2008
Abbreviated titleCIRP CMS


  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Manufacturing system
  • Lean production


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