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Industrial Sustainability Report

Industrial Sustainability Report

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Towards a sustainable industry system.
Towards a sustainable industry system.

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Towards a sustainableindustrial system
With recommendations for education, research, industry and policy
Printed using recycled paperTowards a sustainable industrial system: accelerating the contribution of education and research
Copyright © University o Cambridge Institute or Manuacturing and Cranfeld University.First published in Great Britain 2009 by the University o Cambridge Institute or Manuacturing, Department o Engineering, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS, United Kingdom. www.im.eng.cam.ac.uk ISBN: 978-1-902546-80-3Tis publication may be reely quoted, reproduced and distributed, in part or whole, provided the document's title, authors andoriginal publication details are reerenced.
This paper builds on discussions at an International Manuacturing Proessors' Symposium inCambridge UK in July 2008 and the subsequent UK Manuacturing Proessors' Forum. Leadinproessors rom the felds o design, production, operations management and service sciencegathered with thought leaders rom industry and proessional organisations to attempt to chart theroute to a more integrated and mature understanding o sustainable industrial systems.
Lead author: Proessor Steve Evans (Cranfeld University)Proessor Margareta Norell Bergendahl (Kings Technical School, Sweden)Proessor Mike Gregory (University o Cambridge)Proessor Chris Ryan (University o Melbourne)
Other contributors
Mr Lloyd Fernando (Cranfeld University)Mr Steve Hope (Toyota Motor Europe)Mr David Morgan (University o Cambridge)Dr Gunilla Ölundh Sandström (Kings Technical School, Sweden)Mr Adrian Tan (Technical University o Denmark)
Advisory group
Proessor John Ehreneld (MIT)Proessor Norman Faull (University o Cape Town)Proessor Aonso Fleury (Universidade de Sao Paulo)Proessor Karl-Henrik Robèrt (Blekinge Institute o Technology)Proessor Li Zheng (Tsinghua University)
Consultative group
Proessor Brad Allenby (Arizona State University)Dr Claire Barlow (University o Cambridge)Proessor Han Brezet (TU Delt)Proessor Michael Cardew-Hall (Australian National University)Proessor Maria Tereza Leme Fleury (Universidade de São Paulo)Mr Albin Kälin (EPEA)Proessor Christer Karlsson (Copenhagen Business School)Proessor Hiro Katayama (Waseda University)Mr Michael Kuhndt (UNEP/Wuppertal Institute)
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Executive summary
ur industrial system has been responsible or raisingthe quality o lie o peoples around the world. Itis becoming increasingly clear however, that the currentsystem is creating unintended and serious consequencesor the environment at a global level. Change on asignicant scale is required urgently.Some businesses are already engaged in reducing their impact through the introduction o new products,processes and business models. Academics concerned withthe industrial system have a responsibility to study theseemerging models, to interact with them and to synthesiseand spread the knowledge.Whilst it is important to address the impact o eachproduct o the industrial system and to pursue aggressivereduction o the eects o specic activities, we must alsoexamine the operation o the whole system. Only in thisway can we hope to bring the benets o industrialisationto those who have not yet experienced them withoutexceeding the limits o our planet.This paper presents cases where industry is already takingaction, and argues that:dramatic improvements can be made by deploying
existing expertise at the level o individual businessesrelying on technology alone to make the industrial
system sustainable is a trap to be avoidedcollaborative engagement o academics is essential to
tackle the challenge o reorganising the industrial systemTeachers and researchers, consumers and producers, andpractitioners and policy-makers all have the opportunity toshape a uture industrial system.What such a system will look like is still unclear and thejourney uncertain. This paper does not provide all theanswers but oers a platorm or inormed debate. Thecase studies highlight examples o changing industrialpractice that illustrate the scale o potential improvement.It considers the implications o these examples and makesrecommendations or education, policy, research andpractice.

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