Lean Manufacturing Tools - a Role and Possibilities of Use in Environmental Management

Aleksandra Kamińska , Alina Matuszak-Flejszman


Due to a rising environmental consciousness and tightening law regulations, nowadays companies are forced to search for more and more efficient and environmentally-friendly manufacturing methods in order to deliver high-quality goods according to customers’ needs. Although Lean Manufacturing has been successfully applied in many manufacturing enterprises for optimization purposes, the aspect of environmental goals has long been neglected, until the emergence of Green Lean philosophy about 2007. However, an influence of specific Lean Tools on an environmental performance remains still unclear. The aim of this paper is to assess a role of Lean Manufacturing Tools in improving the actions made by organizations to achieve their environmental effects. The evaluation was conducted basing on a survey among 14 Lean Manufacturing and environmental management experts and performed in the 1st quarter of 2017. Within the scope of the research, the following hypothesis has been assumed: 5S is the most influential tool in terms of environmental effects’ achievement related to organizations’ activity. As the research showed, indeed application of Lean Manufacturing Tools can enhance environmental performance, however it is not free of limitations.
Author Aleksandra Kamińska (UEP)
Aleksandra Kamińska,,
- Poznań University of Economics and Business
, Alina Matuszak-Flejszman (WT / KEJ)
Alina Matuszak-Flejszman,,
- Department of Standardized Management Systems
Publication size in sheets0.55
Book Matuszak-Flejszman Alina, Joachimiak-Lechman Katarzyna (eds.): Current Trends in Commodity Science : Selected Aspects of Organization, Product and Process Management, 2017, Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu, ISBN 978-83-948206-2-6, 169 p.
Keywords in Englishlean manufacturing, environmental management
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 08-04-2020, MonographChapterAuthor
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