Lean Manufacturing and Environment
The Lean and Environment Toolkit
Purpose of This Toolkit
The Lean and Environment Toolkit offers practical techniques and strategies that can help lean, environmental, and other specialists at your shopfloor to deliver environmentally protective lean decisions as a routine task of your lean driven business operations. In fact, this toolkit draws heavily from the experience of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) partners and organizations who have pioneered integrated approaches to lean and environmental decision making while at the same time delivering world class performance, exerting market leadership, and achieving bottom line results. Also, the toolkit builds on work conducted and research sponsored by EPA’s Lean Manufacturing and Environment Initiative.
This toolkit is written for lean operational managers, environmental practitioners, and lean practitioners who work towards organizational efforts to identify and eliminate environmental wastes. As a result, the toolkit may help align your environmental management system’s goals and objectives as a routine task of your lean initiatives and business decisions.
The Toolkit focuses on the identification and how to pursue environmental end points in your processes through Kaizen Events, 6S (5S + Safety); and Value Stream Mapping. This toolkit is a living document whose future versions may also pursue other lean practices. In the meantime, EPA welcomes your comments and reflections on this document, as well as other ideas you have for Lean and environment strategies, tools, and resources which can be incorporated in future versions of the toolkit. Please contact EPA to share your experiences with Lean and the environment and/or to discuss partnership opportunities by using the form found at our Contact Us page.
- Table of Contents and Acknowledgments
- Chapter 1: Introduction: Getting Started with Lean & Environment
- Chapter 2: Identifying Environmental Wastes
- Chapter 3: Value Stream Mapping
- Chapter 4: Kaizen Events
- Chapter 5: 6S (5S+Safety)
- Chapter 6: Conclusion