Lean Manufacturing and Environment
The Lean, Energy and Climate Toolkit
Purpose of This Toolkit
This Lean, Energy & Climate Toolkit offers Lean implementers practical strategies and techniques for enhancing Lean results—waste elimination, quality enhancement, and delivery of value to customers—while improving energy efficiency and reducing energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, costs, and risk. The toolkit is also intended to introduce Lean practitioners to the extensive array of energy management resources available from EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and other organizations.
The “Lean” methods discussed in this toolkit are organizational improvement methods pioneered in the Toyota Production System. Lean production and Lean manufacturing refer to a customerfocused business model and collection of methods that focus on the elimination of waste (non-value added activity) while delivering quality products on time and at a low cost. The toolkit assumes that you are familiar with Lean methods.