Lean Manufacturing’s Unexpected Windfall: A Lower Carbon Footprint

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Imagine your job is to lower carbon footprint. If you have many employees each driving to the plant, you might institute a carpooling program. A very successful carpooling program might reduce vehicles in half – a 50% reduction in commuting emissions. You might look at the building envelope and HVAC system, and make improvements that reduce natural gas consumption 20%. You could look at your lighting, ovens and fork lifts, and buy more efficient equipment, make operational improvements, or switch fuels to reduce their associated carbon footprints.