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19-12-2016 04:34  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 142, Part 4 Author(s): Marileena Mäkelä Previous content analyses of corporate reporting have typically focused on annual reports of one reporting year of board samples. This paper focuses on one industry (the forest industry) and on its environmental performance reporting over a 15-year period from 1998 to 2012. The aim of this research is to analyse the reporting trends. The research is a case study of three Finnish forest industry companies’ reporting. Seven major trends emerged from the content analysis. For example, the companies report on a massive number of indicators, focusing mainly on input and output indicators. Also, the number of reported environmental performance indicators is decreasing in eac...

17-12-2016 18:00  |  Clean Factory
IMG - How Europe Can Deliver On Energy Efficiency The European Commission’s recently released Clean Energy Package, has a 2030 target of 30% energy savings. An important policy instrument to deliver these are Energy Efficiency Obligation (EEO) schemes How Europe Can Deliver On Energy Efficiency was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

28-11-2016 17:15  |  Clean Factory
IMG - New Solar Cell Efficiency Research Breaks 30-Year Logjam New research from Israel's Technion demonstrates how a solar cell can break the theoretical maximum efficiency limit by harvesting heat as well as light. New Solar Cell Efficiency Research Breaks 30-Year Logjam was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

24-11-2016 22:13  |  Clean Factory
IMG - OPINION: A good Canada-wide climate policy means growth for Nova Scotia - TheChronicleHerald.ca TheChronicleHerald.ca OPINION: A good Canada-wide climate policy means growth for Nova Scotia TheChronicleHerald.ca We are now home to at least 30 clean-tech companies that are exporting to countries on six continents, with products and expertise ranging from renewable energy and smart cities to green building and pollution abatement. And business is growing ... y más »

16-11-2016 19:09  |  Clean Factory
The first industry trials are planned for the Exergyn Drive, which generates power from hot water and could reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions

18-10-2016 01:42  |  Clean Factory
Highlights • Database of experimental results on recycled aggregate concrete beams compiled. • Database filtered by different parameters—concrete strength, anchorage, etc. • Database analyzed to identify clear failure types—flexural or shear. • Sub-databases formed for flexural and shear failure (with and without stirrups). • Applicability of Eurocode 2 provisions to recycled aggregate concrete beams tested. Abstract A comprehensive database of recycled aggregate concrete and companion natural aggregate concrete beams’ flexural and shear strength was compiled from 217 experimental results. Strict criteria were applied to determine the failure type. Sub-databases were formed with beams failing in flexure and shear with and without stirrups. On each sub-database...

14-10-2016 11:14  |  Clean Factory
New Sustainability Challenges for UK Food and Drink Manufacturing FoodIngredientsFirst 14 Oct 2016 --- New commitments to reduce the environmental impact from food and drink manufacturers as well as protect natural capital and contribute to sustainable food systems for the future, have been set by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF ...

11-10-2016 15:50  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Low-Carbon Sectors Growing, Encouraging Productive Economies A new study has found that low-carbon sectors are outpacing their less-productive, higher carbon-intensive sectors and the general economy in terms of growth, while increasing jobs and skill levels. Dr Baron Doda from the London School of Economics analyzed 34 developed and developing countries for their carbon intensity, defined in terms of the volume of carbon [&hellip Low-Carbon Sectors Growing, Encouraging Productive Economies was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

07-10-2016 18:12  |  Clean Factory
Brewery wastewater transformed into energy storage Science Daily This unique pairing of breweries and batteries could set up a win-win opportunity by reducing expensive wastewater treatment costs for beer makers while providing manufacturers with a more cost-effective means of creating renewable, naturally-derived ... y más »

06-10-2016 15:45  |  Clean Factory
IMG - WindEurope Unveils Five Pillars Of Research & Innovation For Wind Energy The European wind energy trade organization WindEurope has published a report unveiling what it believes to be the five key pillars of research and innovation for the European wind energy industry. In a report published this week, WindEurope — formerly known as the European Wind Energy Association — highlighted the need for new study on [&hellip WindEurope Unveils Five Pillars Of Research & Innovation For Wind Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

23-09-2016 01:04  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Wearable tech efficiently converts body heat to electricity - Energy Harvesting Journal Energy Harvesting Journal Wearable tech efficiently converts body heat to electricity Energy Harvesting Journal North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics. The experimental prototypes are lightweight, conform to the shape of the body, and can generate far ...

19-09-2016 04:10  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Krzysztof Danilecki, Małgorzata Mrozik, Piotr Smurawski In this paper, we use life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to determine whether the strategy of material composition in a popular Volkswagen Golf model has reduced its environmental load over the last 30 years. The main parameter of our simplified model of LCA was the weight of the materials used to build the car, with the impact on the environment assessed in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The obtained results indicate a systematically increasing impact on climate that is 49% greater in the Golf Mk6 than in the oldest model, the Golf Mk1. The increased load associated with the production stage is only compensated to a small degree du...

11-09-2016 23:15  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Study: The Stricter The Emissions Testing Requirements In The EU, The More Testing Results Diverged From Real-World Results While the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal has been the face of insufficient emissions levels enforcement in the EU in the past year, the problem is a wide-ranging one involving nearly every manufacturer operating in Europe. While most manufacturers have (apparently) not been brazen and arrogant enough to use “defeat devices” as obviously deceiving as Volkswagen [&hellip Study: The Stricter The Emissions Testing Requirements In The EU, The More Testing Results Diverged From Real-World Results was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

07-09-2016 13:04  |  Clean Factory
Energy efficiency and energy reduction technologies can offer real ... Out-Law.com The latest energy technologies offer manufacturers the chance to secure their own future energy supply and reduce their reliance on, and costs of, accessing ... y más »

24-08-2016 15:24  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): O. Pereira, A. Rodríguez, A.I. Fernández-Abia, J. Barreiro, L.N. López de Lacalle In recent years, the need for more efficient machining processes has notably increased, both in terms of productivity and eco-efficiency. In this paper, the use of combined techniques based on cryogenic cooling and minimum quantity of lubrication is proposed and compared with other near-to-dry coolant alternatives. To evaluate the success of the proposed technique, technical feasibility on the one hand and ecological footprint on the other should be analyzed. Results show that this combined solution implies a tool life improvement (more than 50%) and the possibility of increasing the cutting speed (more than 30%)...

14-08-2016 08:04  |  Clean Factory
US should end wind subsidy, double basic energy research funding Knoxville News Sentinel Just as remarkable are the opportunities available in clean energy research — lowering the cost of energy, cleaning the air, improving health, reducing poverty and helping address climate change. The biggest problem we have with increasing ... By ...

04-08-2016 21:06  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Clean Transport & Energy News Roundup (Autopilot & Transit, 26K MPGe Car, Electric Motorcycle Tour, Ukraine…) In this edition of the clean transport and energy news roundup, the question over autopilot’s threat to transit, a Pokemon Go Tesla hack that wasn’t, a 26,135 mpg(e) car, a transcontinental electric motorcycle tour, plug-ins are a dead end, and Trump talks out of the side of his head, as well as articles on the [&hellip Clean Transport & Energy News Roundup (Autopilot & Transit, 26K MPGe Car, Electric Motorcycle Tour, Ukraine…) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

03-08-2016 16:18  |  Clean Factory
New European Commission Emissions Reduction Proposals Fail to ... Energy Collective Key new European Commission climate proposals, covering 60 per cent of EU greenhouse gas emissions, fail to match the aspirations of the Paris Agreement to ... y más »

30-07-2016 06:48  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 November 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 137 Author(s): Jorge A. Rodríguez, Cristina Giménez, Daniel Arenas This research studies how firms and NGOs achieve inter-organizational fit for implementing practices that create value in socially sustainable supply chains. This paper presents a theoretical model that identifies the factors that drive and enable firm-NGO inter-organizational fit. Previous research has adopted an institutional perspective in which secondary stakeholders put pressure on the firm to implement sustainable practices. However, anecdotal evidence and latest industry practices suggest that a cooperative perspective could be more appropriate to understand how value can be created in socially sustainable supply chains. The proposed th...

28-07-2016 09:45  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 November 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 137 Author(s): Shitong Peng, Tao Li, Zijue Tang, Junli Shi, Hongchao Zhang Remanufacturing cleaning is an essential but high polluting process in remanufacturing. The novel remanufacturing technologies like supercritical CO2 cleaning and liquid blasting cleaning are under development and possibly tend to substitute the conventional ones like high temperature decomposition and shot blasting. Therefore, it is necessary to demonstrate whether these newly emerged cleaning methods have the environmental superiority and to figure out hotspots for environmental performance promotion. The present study conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA) application on comparing these two types of cleaning technologies from the per...

26-07-2016 17:07  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Yes, you can totally use beer, coffee and hemp for 3D printing - CW39 CW39 Yes, you can totally use beer, coffee and hemp for 3D printing CW39 NEW YORK — Sure, 3D printing is cool, but a startup in Fargo, North Dakota, is taking it to the next level. 3DomFuel is recycling a collection of unusual products and turning them into material called filament that can be used for 3D printing. “You ... and more »

04-07-2016 23:03  |  Clean Factory
IMG - What Rwanda can learn from Japan's waste-to-energy initiative - The New Times The New Times What Rwanda can learn from Japan's waste-to-energy initiative The New Times According to Japanese experts, Rwanda could borrow a leaf from this initiative, whereby it recycles and incinerates its vast urban waste to produce clean energy. This would also support the country green growth strategy. ... International collaboration ...

01-07-2016 03:33  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 2016 Source:CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Volume 65, Issue 1 Author(s): Jan-Markus Rödger, Niki Bey, Leo Alting Integrating sustainability into manufacturing is a multifaceted endeavour. Global sustainability aspects and specific manufacturing success factors have to be combined with life cycle thinking in order to get the holistic view on manufacturing which is needed to make truly sustainability-oriented decisions in manufacturing. Industry, at the same time, is always deterred by possible high cost and time constraints related to implementing new approaches. Using examples from car manufacturing, this paper introduces and explains a new sustainable manufacturing framework – the Sustainability Cone – as the missing link which closes these gaps by providin...

01-07-2016 03:33  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 2016 Source:CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Volume 65, Issue 1 Author(s): Alessandro Simeone, Yang Luo, Elliot Woolley, Shahin Rahimifard, Claudio Boër One third of energy consumption is attributable to the industrial sector, with as much as half ultimately wasted as heat. Consequently, research has focused on technologies for harvesting this waste heat energy, however, the adoption of such technologies can be costly with long payback time. A decision support tool is presented which computes the compatibility of waste heat source(s) and sink(s), namely the exergy balance and temporal availability, along with economic and environmental benefits of available heat exchanger technologies to propose a streamlined and optimised heat recovery strategy. Substantial impro...

29-06-2016 14:12  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Making energy out of waste heat with simple ingredients - Ars Technica Ars Technica Making energy out of waste heat with simple ingredients Ars Technica That's in part because there's no easy way to capture its energy and put it to use. All the existing methods we have for harvesting waste heat are either inefficient or uneconomical. Now, some researchers have come up with a new method of grabbing some ... and more »

08-06-2016 01:28  |  Clean Factory
IMG - A green touch to varsity's golden jubilee - The Star Online The Star Online A green touch to varsity's golden jubilee The Star Online She said Malaysia could take small steps in reducing its carbon footprint and raising sustainable practices with palm oil production. “Waste-to-energy techniques can be used to make all parts of the palm tree fully utilised. “In terms of transportation ...

07-06-2016 16:13  |  Clean Factory
Vicki Holt, President and CEO, Proto Labs While America is shedding manufacturing jobs, American manufactures cannot find the workforce needed to keep up with the growing demand for their services. To meet this challenge, the industry needs to focus on three areas of improvement. read more

03-06-2016 12:05  |  Clean Factory
IMG - How to Make Manufacturing Processes More Environmentally Sustainable - Environmental Leader Environmental Leader How to Make Manufacturing Processes More Environmentally Sustainable Environmental Leader Making manufacturing processes more environmentally sustainable — by reducing waste or water used, for example — provides a host of business benefits including efficiency improvements, a streamlined workflow and savings on utility bills and hauling ... y más »

21-04-2016 14:30  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Corporations Move to Curb Global Warming - Scientific American Scientific American Corporations Move to Curb Global Warming Scientific American In the coming decades, humanity will “see Paris as the turning point between the carbon economy and the clean economy,” IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard said. “This was a systemic, global ... “U.S. manufacturers believe in the spirit of ... y más »

02-03-2016 23:17  |  Clean Factory
IMG - How to Achieve Zero Waste in Plastics Manufacturing - Environmental Leader Environment News Service How to Achieve Zero Waste in Plastics Manufacturing Environmental Leader Plastics industry trade association Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) has launched a tool for plastics manufacturers to evaluate waste reduction opportunities and maximize landfill diversion. SPI says its new Zero Net Waste program provides ... US Plastics Industry Pursues Zero Net WasteEnvironment News Service los 3 artículos informativos »

19-03-2015 16:44  |  Clean Factory
UK Only Article:  UK article only Issue:  The caliphate cracks Fly Title:  Manufacturing Rubric:  A fuel-cell technology firm shows the changing face of British manufacturing THE metal-bashing that once typified British manufacturing is mostly silenced. Car assembly lines, manned by robots, are quiet as libraries; on the factory floor of an aerospace firm a handful of workers monitor screens attached to vast high-tech machinery. But knowledge hangs around, and innovators can use it. Intelligent Energy (IE) was set up in the town of Loughborough, because of the area’s one-time expertise in the car industry. It develops fuel-cell technology, which turns hydrogen into electricity and heat for vehicles, homes and portable energy. This has serious potential...

19-12-2016 04:34  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 142, Part 4 Author(s): Unai Tamayo-Orbegozo, María-Azucena Vicente-Molina, Oskar Villarreal-Larrinaga Eco-innovation has been analysed from a variety of perspectives in different disciplines. However, there is a shortage of studies at a microeconomic level, especially from a management and strategic perspective. A gap has been identified in the literature for comprehensive, in-depth qualitative analyses of the dynamics of eco-innovation which take into account different firms and sectors (particularly service industry, where there is a lack of studies), in order to contribute to theory-building, considering simultaneously different levels of analysis (macro, meso and micro) and different types of agents who col...

29-11-2016 23:04  |  Clean Factory
IMG - France Still Considering Ban Of New Diesel Car Sales, Environment Minister Segolene Royal Says The French government may still end up banning the sale of new diesel cars in the country following the completion of its criminal investigations into the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal and recent news concerning Renault, according to the country's Environment Minister Segolene Royal France Still Considering Ban Of New Diesel Car Sales, Environment Minister Segolene Royal Says was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

25-11-2016 19:14  |  Clean Factory
IMG - UK Chancellor Announces £390 Million In New Funding To Support EV Industry + Adoption An additional £390 million in funding for the support of electric vehicle and self-driving tech adoption in the UK has been announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, as part of an Autumn Statement that also revealed that the government would be extending the current tax breaks for electric vehicle charge points UK Chancellor Announces £390 Million In New Funding To Support EV Industry + Adoption was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

24-11-2016 02:49  |  Clean Factory
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02-11-2016 15:08  |  Clean Factory
On 1 December 2016 the FoF-Impact coordination action project will hold a major workshop: Factories of the Future – Making Innovation Happen. The workshop will take place in the Diamant Building (Brussels). This event, organised by EFFRA through the FoF-Impact Coordination Action aims at: Showing the tangible outcome of the FoF-7-2014 CSAs, in particular in terms of services that stimulate industrial exploitation Promoting services offered by other service providers (including CEN-CENELEC, IPR-Helpdesk, etc.) Indicating how project consortia can address ‘impact success factors’ in the earlies stages of a project, not the least during the project proposal preparation phase Promoting exploitable results (around 14 ‘pitch’ presentations are scheduled) As such the event is a servi...

18-10-2016 01:41  |  Clean Factory
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12-10-2016 19:00  |  Clean Factory
From bronze to steel, alloys are the backbone of the modern world. Now a recipe that shouldn’t work is creating metal mixtures with totally unexpected abilities

10-10-2016 16:44  |  Clean Factory
Main image:  CIVIL aviation accounts for perhaps only 2% of man-made carbon emissions. Add in other pollutants, such as contrails and nitrous oxide, and the industry’s overall contribution to climate change might be twice that figure. That may not seem much. But the sector is growing rapidly. Since the 1970s, global air traffic has doubled in size about every 15 years. Rising prosperity in developing countries and massive backlogs of aircraft orders means that the growth will continue for decades. Without regulation, the world’s airlines could quickly choke the skies.Last week, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations agency, announced a framework for mandatory carbon-offsetting on all international flights. The agreement was backed by 65 countrie...

06-10-2016 19:42  |  Clean Factory
Efficient life cycles for buildings Deccan Herald Green in today's context refers to any process adopted to achieve savings in energy consumption; reducing dependence on non-renewable resources; adopting natural processes and being environmentally responsible. ... Select sustainable construction ...

25-09-2016 08:15  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Nithin Tom Mathew, L. Vijayaraghavan There is an increasing attempt to implement green manufacturing in almost all fields of engineering. Minimum quantity lubrication is considered as a relevant and promising candidate in promoting environmentally friendly machining since it bridges the gap between dry and wet condition. It can keep the work material temperature lower than those in a dry environment by reducing the frictional heat generated during the machining processes and deliver certain amount of cooling effect in the tool-workpiece contact region. The present work is focussed on the drilling of this intermetallic titanium aluminide alloy at low and high aspect ratio under minimum quantity lub...

19-09-2016 04:10  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Johannes Auer, Niki Bey, Johannes-Marius Schäfer The objects of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) case studies are often individual components or individual products. Studies focusing on larger industrial manufacturing systems are relatively rare. The purpose of this case study was to assess environmental and cost-related performance of an updated complex manufacturing system for glass containers (i.e. jars, glass bottles, etc.) compared to the predecessor manufacturing system. The objective was also to identify the most relevant drivers for the environmental and the cost profile of the system solution in application context by the means of Life Cycle Assessment, as well as Life Cycle Costing (LCC). Th...

19-09-2016 04:10  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Jéssica de Aguiar, Luana de Oliveira, José Oliveira da Silva, Danielle Bond, Régis Kovacs Scalice, Daniela Becker Product development with a high potential for materials recycling is a way to contribute to the conservation of natural resources. Therefore, issues such as product reuse, remanufacturing and reprocessing must be considered during the product design stage. This paper proposes a diagnostic tool to evaluate product recyclability to be applied during the product design phase, acting as a supporting tool for designer decision-making. The potential for recyclability is connected to two factors: materials recycling and disassembly process. For disassembly process, the number, type and acc...

09-09-2016 01:03  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Recycling energy to improve battery life - Energy Harvesting Journal Energy Harvesting Journal Recycling energy to improve battery life Energy Harvesting Journal The PowerStic and Exodus are USB plugin devices that harvest waste energy in computer systems, and recycle it back into the system for an overall lower system power profile. According to Current RF, these devices allow users to save kilowatt hours of ...

02-09-2016 17:15  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Advanced energy management - Rail Engineer Rail Engineer Advanced energy management Rail Engineer ... GI Energy and NG Bailey worked together to create a solution that exceeded the 20 per cent target reduction in CO2. The workshops that took place for the development of the M&E design followed the London Plan's policy of Be Lean> Be Clean> Be Green.

21-08-2016 22:01  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): Eleonore Loiseau, Laura Saikku, Riina Antikainen, Nils Droste, Bernd Hansjürgens, Kati Pitkänen, Pekka Leskinen, Peter Kuikman, Marianne Thomsen For the last ten years, the notion of a green economy has become increasingly attractive to policy makers. However, green economy covers a lot of diverse concepts and its links with sustainability are not always clear. In this article, we focus on definitions of green economy and related concepts and an evaluation of these concepts against the criterion of strong and weak sustainability. The article serves three purposes: Firstly, we identify and describe diverse theories, concepts, approaches and tools related to a “green economy”. Among these are...

13-08-2016 12:58  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): Loredana Pintilie, Carmen M. Torres, Carmen Teodosiu, Francesc Castells Water scarcity is one of the major problems of the 21st century and one of the most sensitive environmental issues in the coming decades due to the uneven distribution of resources, treatment and climate change events. Wastewater reclamation is considered as an alternative source of fresh water in areas with problems of water availability or increased consumption.The objective of this study is to use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology to identify and quantify the main environmental contributors derived from the treatment of urban wastewater and water reclamation opportunities in Tarragona, Spain. The wastewater treatment...

04-08-2016 19:59  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Additional €8.3 Million For Northern Ireland Energy Storage Project An energy storage project in Northern Ireland which will use compressed air has received an additional €8.3 million in funding from the EU. The site location is near the town of Larne on the Islandmagee peninsula, and the project developer is Gaelectric. (Larne is a port town with a population of about 32,000.) Based on this extra [&hellip Additional €8.3 Million For Northern Ireland Energy Storage Project was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

01-08-2016 14:37  |  Clean Factory
IMG - 3-D Printed “Whispering Gallery” Concentrating Solar Power Coming To A Rooftop Near You…Eventually A new concentrating solar power system based on the "whispering gallery" effect could shrink CSP plants down to rooftop size -- and 3-D print them, too 3-D Printed “Whispering Gallery” Concentrating Solar Power Coming To A Rooftop Near You…Eventually was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

30-07-2016 06:48  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 November 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 137 Author(s): Alexandre Popoff, Dominique Millet, Olivier Pialot Usage ecodrifts, which refer to non-optimal use of a product by the users, create additional environmental impact generators: energy overconsumption (real-time impacts) and abnormal wear and tear of parts of the product (delayed impacts). The goal of our study was to develop a method for identifying and quantifying UEDs of products that have a high environmental impact use phase. In this paper, we studied the case of different usages of a vacuum cleaner and their environmental consequences. We first conducted a survey to gather information on how people use the product. Then, we conducted experimentations to measure the consequences of the usages...

27-07-2016 16:55  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Energy Harvesting Startup RedWave Energy Raises $5.5M - FinSMEs - FinSMEs (blog) FinSMEs (blog) Energy Harvesting Startup RedWave Energy Raises $5.5M - FinSMEs FinSMEs (blog) RedWave Energy, a Chicago, IL-based energy harvesting startup, completed a $5.5m funding round. Energy Foundry Leads $5.5M Investment in RedWave EnergyPR Web (press release) all 2 news articles »

25-07-2016 14:10  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Emerging Objects 3D Prints with Recycled Tires - 3DPrint.com 3DPrint.com Emerging Objects 3D Prints with Recycled Tires 3DPrint.com rubber_pouff-2-1000x1000 The team at Emerging Objects has a single-minded desire: to 3D print with new materials. They've worked with more traditional materials like PLA and resin, experimented on the known edges a bit with chocolate and paper, and ...

01-07-2016 12:13  |  Clean Factory
IMG - How To Create A Sustainable Shipping Department - Earth911.com Earth911.com How To Create A Sustainable Shipping Department Earth911.com For instance, corrugated cardboard is cost-effective and recyclable. In fact, it is the most recycled material on the planet. Additionally, some companies have recently experimented with natural materials to use in their packaging. Most notably, Dell ... and more »

01-07-2016 03:33  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 2016 Source:CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Volume 65, Issue 1 Author(s): Wen Li, Samira Alvandi, Sami Kara, Sebastian Thiede, Christoph Herrmann Sustainability assessment needs to be embedded into manufacturers’ daily operations for continuous improvement. Existing factories, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), often lack infrastructure and capital to enable such regular assessment. An integrated tool has been developed based on a generic discrete event simulation (DES) factory model, which is linked to the company's resource planning system in order to not only assess the sustainability performance of each company's as-is operations, but also optimise their future performance. An Australian company was used as a case study to demonstrate the validi...

30-06-2016 21:41  |  Clean Factory
Elon Musk, Tesla and the solar industry are dealing with problems remarkably similar to those that faced Apple 15 years ago. Solar now, like computers back then, is a big investment, and is complicated with uncertain benefits and similar options on the market. The Apple Store changed all that. Can Tesla Solar change everything, too? read more

14-06-2016 17:09  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: Available online 14 June 2016 Source:CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology Author(s): Marcello Colledani, Olga Battaïa The quality of post-consumer products is one of the major sources of uncertainty in disassembly systems. This paper develops a methodology to design disassembly lines under variability of the End-of-Life product quality, with the objective to maximize the profit. This decision support system helps to take decisions about the depth of disassembly and the organization of the disassembly system, depending on the pre-process measurement of the key quality characteristics of the product to be disassembled. The industrial benefits are demonstrated in a real industrial case focused on the remanufacturing of mechatronic parts in the automotive industry.

07-06-2016 22:23  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Brexit or Bremain? 11 ways the EU affects our daily lives - euronews euronews Brexit or Bremain? 11 ways the EU affects our daily lives euronews A farmer is studying how he can protect against volatile food prices by qualifying for green payments from Brussels. The cornerstone of EU policy is also its most controversial: the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). CAP, which represents around 40 ... y más »

06-06-2016 00:17  |  Clean Factory
The future of recycling isn't what you think Cape Business News This would mean using less raw material, reducing energy use and making products that have a reduced negative impact on the environment. The circular economy promotes ... For the first time in an industry, 100% of tyre manufacturers and importers in ... y más »

02-06-2016 17:10  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Recycling Carbon To CleanTechnica Recycling Carbon To "Get A 747 Off The Ground" CleanTechnica The company has developed a proprietary microbe that lives on the waste gas from steel mills and other industrial operations, and converts that into various carbon products. One focus of ... A lot of voices were calling for carbon reduction. Ten years ... and more »

20-04-2016 19:06  |  Clean Factory
Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor Part one of a four-part series examining the definition of the Factory of the Future, common characteristics, benefits and how to get started. read more

19-12-2016 04:34  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 142, Part 4 Author(s): Stefan Baumeister, Tiina Onkila Air travel plays a vital role in today's life because it makes remote destinations accessible and short getaways possible. Despite its benefits, air transportation contributes heavily to climate change. Behavioral change is seen as a key driver in mitigating the environmental impacts of air travel. One way to encourage behavioral change is to use eco-labels. This study explores how an eco-label could be developed for the airline industry to function as a potential driver for behavioral change. 12 interviews with airline industry experts were conducted and thematically analyzed. Empirical results were then combined with prior research and the following five c...

29-11-2016 15:12  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 142, Part 2 Author(s): Kuo-Jui Wu, Ching-Jong Liao, Ming-Lang Tseng, Ming K. Lim, Jiayao Hu, Kimhua Tan Rapid market changes aimed at sustainability have led to supply chain risks and uncertainties in the Taiwanese light-emitting diode industry. These risks and uncertainties can be captured by social media, quantitative and qualitative data (referred to herein as big data), but the industry has been unable to manage this information boom to respond to customer needs. These various types of data have their own characteristics that affect decision making about developing firm capabilities. This study aggregates the various data to undertake an extensive investigation of supply chain risks and uncertainties. Specif...

25-11-2016 02:37  |  Clean Factory
Highlights • Clean manufacturing determines environmental quality in four of its forms. • CO2 emissions per capita are reduced with clean manufacturing. • Change in forest area is enhanced with clean manufacturing. • Consumption of ozone depleting substances is reduced with clean manufacturing. • Lack of access to improved sources of water is reduced with clean manufacturing. Abstract The present paper investigates the relationship between the quality of the environment and clean manufacturing industries in Egypt over the period 1990–2013. The chosen estimation technique is the error correction model. For that purpose, the effect of clean manufacturing industries, per capita income and technology on the quality of the environment are examined. Clean manufacturing ...

22-11-2016 18:34  |  Clean Factory
IMG - New 'Landfillament' lets you 3D print with trash - 3ders.org (blog) 3ders.org (blog) New 'Landfillament' lets you 3D print with trash 3ders.org (blog) North Dakota materials company 3D-Fuel has introduced “Landfillament,” a new 3D printing material made from recycled waste. To create the material, municipal solid waste (MSW) is subjected to pyrolysis, which produces a char byproduct that can be used ... 3D-Fuel™ Introduces New 3D Printing Material Made From TrashPR Web (press release) all 4 news articles »

18-10-2016 01:42  |  Clean Factory
towards a more sustainable system by reusing, remanufacturing and recycling. Adopting circular economy principles measures like an EU-wide 65 per cent municipal waste recycling target by 2030, incentives for circular product

17-10-2016 18:13  |  Clean Factory
Rob Zimmerman, Kohler Company Kohler's sustainability efforts are a springboard to innovation. read more

12-10-2016 16:20  |  Clean Factory
IMG - GE Plans Acquisition Of Turbine Blade Manufacturer LM Wind Power For $1.65 Billion One of the world’s largest industrial companies and leading wind turbine manufacturer, GE, has announced the planned acquisition of wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power for $1.65 billion. GE announced on Tuesday its intention to purchase Denmark-based LM Wind Power, a manufacturer and supplier of wind turbine rotor blades, for a healthy $1.65 billion [&hellip GE Plans Acquisition Of Turbine Blade Manufacturer LM Wind Power For $1.65 Billion was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

09-10-2016 23:13  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Germany Steps It Up, Calls For Ban On Gas/Diesel Cars By 2030 Originally published on Gas2. Last week, Germany’s Bundesrat approved a resolution that calls for a ban on new internal combustion engine cars by 2030. What does that mean? First of all, the Bundesrat, or federal council, is a deliberative body composed of representatives from all 16 of Germany’s states. Its resolutions do not have the [&hellip Germany Steps It Up, Calls For Ban On Gas/Diesel Cars By 2030 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

06-10-2016 15:55  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Renewable Energy Experts Call For A “Grand-Challenges” Strategy An international group of renewable energy researchers have called for what they are describing as a “grand-challenge” strategy — a “global clean-energy initiative to set priorities that galvanize researchers to deliver breakthroughs.” Writing in a Comment in this week’s science journal Nature, a group of seven researchers — including Alan Bernstein, President and Chief Executive of the [&hellip Renewable Energy Experts Call For A “Grand-Challenges” Strategy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | | Twitter.

25-09-2016 08:15  |  Clean Factory
IMG - A study on the evaluation of product maintainability based on the life cycle theory Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Xiaogang Jian, Shuaibo Cai, Qianfeng Chen The maintainability evaluation of a product is an efficient way to optimize product design and improve product quality. While there are some problems in the existing research, for example, the evaluation procedure is not standardized and is practically too complicated to operate. Therefore, there is a need to establish a new method to evaluate product maintainability. In the presented study, a concept and connotation of product maintainability combined with actual demand is proposed. Based on the theory of product life cycle, the evaluation index system of product maintainability and its calculation model are established considering its inherent attributes...

19-09-2016 04:10  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Meriem Kouki, Olivier Cardin, Pierre Castagna, Celine Cornardeau Any manufacturing activity creates product and energy flows whose management provides an overview of how a manufacturing system interacts with its environment. Recently, simultaneous management of these flows using discrete event simulation is increasingly being discussed in literature. However, the reliability of such projects basically depends on the method used to model energy consumption and quality of input data. Mindful of these challenges, this work reviews some existing energy related discrete-event simulation projects and discuss the issue of energy related input data management. Against this background, it proposes an opera...

14-09-2016 23:57  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 10 January 2017 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 141 Author(s): Adriana Reis de Andrade Silva, Amanda Sodré Bioto, Priscilla Efraim, Guilherme de Castilho Queiroz Currently, food market appeal for sustainable and/or organic agriculture have grown worldwide as a way of promoting sustainable development. Brazil has developed sustainability projects (certification as organic, sustainable farming certified by Rainforest Alliance, products with designation of origin, among others) in the cocoa and chocolate industry, once the country stands out as one of the largest producers of cocoa. Labeling is an important tool for consumer's perception of sustainability and quality of a product. In this context, this study aimed to investigate the impact of sustainability lab...

08-09-2016 17:12  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Textile fiber waste helps improve the sustainability of materials ... - Science Daily Science Daily Textile fiber waste helps improve the sustainability of materials ... Science Daily Researchers have developed a panel with textile waste that improves both the thermal and acoustic conditions of buildings and reduces the energy impact ... UPM Researchers Develop New Panel for Enhancing Sustainability ...AZoM all 2 news articles »

27-08-2016 09:08  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): Cheng-kang Gao, Meng-hui Zhang, You-xuan Wei, Hong-ming Na, Ke-jing Fang The shortage of water resources has become a huge bottleneck in the development of the iron and steel industry in China. Many studies on water-use by iron and steel enterprises focus only on the volume of water used, however, the water environment and water treatment process of different water qualities are more critical. Therefore, borrowing the concepts of “energy carrier” and “energy value” from the theory of systemic energy-saving, new concepts of “water carrier” and “water value” are introduced to construct the water value model in iron and steel production. Based on the water production or treatment cos...

14-08-2016 13:00  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): Shaozhuo Zhong, Yong Geng, Wenjing Liu, Cuixia Gao, Wei Chen Natural resource accounting plays a critical role in sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources. This paper aims to review research progress on natural resource accounting for the period of 1995–2014. The main research methods for this study include bibliometric analysis and social network analysis, covering publications’ performances, characteristics of related journals, countries, institutions, authors and keywords. The results show that the total amount of publications on natural resource accounting has increased rapidly since 2001. The most productive journal, country, institution, and author are Journal of En...

13-08-2016 12:58  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 15 December 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 139 Author(s): C.A. Griffiths, J. Howarth, G. De Almeida-Rowbotham, A. Rees, R. Kerton Direct digital manufacture and additive manufacture has expanded from rapid prototyping into rapid production and has the possibility to produce personalised high quality products with the batch size of one. Affordable additive manufacturing machines and open source software enables a wide spectrum of users. With a populace empowered with the possibility of producing their own products, this disruptive technology will inevitably lead to a change in energy and material consumption. With such an unpredictable impact on society it is timely to consider the economic and environmental issues of growth in this sector. This work dem...

04-08-2016 14:38  |  Clean Factory
A new $130,000 printer from HP Inc. is expected to be able to make parts at half the expense and at least 10 times faster than rivals — which could be both a competitive blow and help expand the market for 3D mass production. read more

31-07-2016 19:23  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Turning waste tyre into 'green steel' - The Hindu The Hindu Turning waste tyre into 'green steel' The Hindu We have developed Polymer Injection Technology (PIT), or 'green steel' which introduces a simple modification into the conventional manufacturing process for steel. The technology precisely controls the injection of granulated waste tyres in ... y más »

29-07-2016 08:02  |  Clean Factory
BRUSSELS, 28 July. EFFRA is pleased to announce that Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will officially open the Factories of the Future Conference 2016: Materialising Factories 4.0 (15 & 16 September 2016). The Commissioner will deliver a keynote address in the opening plenary session of the conference on 15 September. Mr. Oettinger will be joined in the opening plenary by high level speakers from Airbus, FESTO, Siemens and Volvo who will provide their perspective on the future of manufacturing in Europe. Factories of the Future Conference 2016 with gather over 45 expert speakers and 300 participants from across Europe to discuss the transformation of manufacturing in Europe and explore how this transformation is being realised through the E...

27-07-2016 09:43  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 20 November 2016 Source:Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 137 Author(s): Minhaj Ahemad Rehman, Dinesh Seth, R.L. Shrivastava This study presents an empirical assessment and guides about measuring impact of GM (green manufacturing) practices on organisational performance in Indian context. The research approach is to extract critical GM factors from field data, to evaluate those factors which have positive impact on the organisational performance and to develop a model linking both critical factors and performance measures. The research follows survey method for data collection. A diagnostic research survey instrument is designed and used for data collection from the Indian manufacturing companies that have implemented/experienced GM. Authors not only developed model b...

24-07-2016 22:01  |  Clean Factory
IMG - The Car of the Future Might Be Made from Tequila Waste - Munchies_ Food by VICE Munchies_ Food by VICE The Car of the Future Might Be Made from Tequila Waste Munchies_ Food by VICE Debbie Mielewski: Ford is committed to improving the sustainability of its vehicles and to reducing its impact on the environment by increasing the use of renewable and recycled materials. When we first started discussing the potential opportunity to ... and more »

01-07-2016 03:33  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: Available online 30 June 2016 Source:CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology Author(s): R. Roy, R. Stark, K. Tracht, S. Takata, M. Mori High value and long life products require continuous maintenance throughout their life cycle to achieve required performance with optimum through-life cost. This paper presents foundations and technologies required to offer the maintenance service. Component and system level degradation science, assessment and modelling along with life cycle ‘big data’ analytics are the two most important knowledge and skill base required for the continuous maintenance. Advanced computing and visualisation technologies will improve efficiency of the maintenance and reduce through-life cost of the product. Future of continuous maintenance within the Ind...

01-07-2016 03:33  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: 2016 Source:CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Volume 65, Issue 1 Author(s): Andrea Corona, Bo Madsen, Michael Zwicky Hauschild, Morten Birkved Natural fibre composites (NFC) are gaining interest in manufacturing because they address some of the environmental problems of traditional composites: use of non-renewable resources, and large impacts related to their production and disposal. Since natural fibres are not yet optimized for composite production, it is crucial to identify the most appropriate applications, and determine the optimal fibre/matrix ratio. A methodology is proposed for early-stage decisions support on selection of bio-composite materials. Results help identify the application with the largest reduction in environmental burden and show that the fibre...

30-06-2016 02:35  |  Clean Factory
Highlights • Studies presented on cleaner production via product and process innovation in Asia. • Life cycle greenhouse gas assessment applied to agriculture with reduction options. • Life cycle thinking-based tools applied for improving environmental performance. • More recent tools like consequential LCA and sustainability assessment illustrated. Abstract Considering the history of cleaner production in the Asia-Pacific region, there have been sustained efforts to develop cleaner production techniques and also techniques for sustainability assessment to ensure that the desired benefits from cleaner production are actually achieved. Two conferences, the Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) and the International Conference on Green...

08-06-2016 03:10  |  Clean Factory
IMG - The Green Code: Where companies are going wrong - Economic Times Economic Times The Green Code: Where companies are going wrong Economic Times Sustainability is becoming a part of core business strategy for many companies with the possibility of improving efficiency with regards to resource and waste management. This is also due to rising energy costs and scarcity of water. When Kirloskar ... y más »

07-06-2016 18:30  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Heineken opens the world's first large-scale carbon neutral brewery in Austria - Inhabitat Inhabitat Heineken opens the world's first large-scale carbon neutral brewery in Austria Inhabitat ... from solar, and hydropower, as well as biogas and waste heat from a neighboring saw mill. Key ingredients for the beer will be sourced locally whenever possible, reducing transportation energy in the supply chain in an effort to further shrink the ...

05-06-2016 03:18  |  Clean Factory
Publication date: Available online 4 June 2016 Source:CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology Author(s): Tatsunori Hara, Keita Sato, Tamio Arai Servitization requires that manufacturers shift their organizational capabilities and processes from sales to product-service systems and recognize the broader business activities of customer service companies. This study models the knowledge-based transition to the provider–customer relationship, using an actor network model for an auto-parts manufacturer as an example. We propose a model chain that explains the servitization process for construction equipment. A technical tool for design-in-use activities of customers is crucial to transform servitization into the next phase. Interconnections among activity cycles of providers and customers resu...

31-05-2016 15:01  |  Clean Factory
IMG - Can the circular economy lead to more prosperity and leave a smaller footprint? - The Guardian The Guardian Can the circular economy lead to more prosperity and leave a smaller footprint? The Guardian Its origins lie in the basic sustainability principles of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. A circular economy would reinvigorate those principles by building them into the foundations of product design, materials acquisition, manufacturing and the ... y más »

22-03-2016 15:26  |  Clean Factory
Using the benefits of stored knowledge By bringing these seven projects together in one eco-factory research cluster, Clean Manufacture helps European manufacturers put these new technologies and techniques into practice in their own factories. By reducing material and energy costs, introducing more efficient production lines, and reducing waste, we can build a sustainable, wealthy future for all.

22-02-2016 20:12  |  Clean Factory
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