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The development of an innovative SME-focused toolset integrating carbon footprint calculation with lean manufacturing waste reduction techniques

Wrigley, Stephen and Lambert, Christopher and Rennie, Allan (2008) The development of an innovative SME-focused toolset integrating carbon footprint calculation with lean manufacturing waste reduction techniques. In: 2nd International Sustainability Conference 2008, 2008-08-212008-08-22, Basel.

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    Abstract

    This paper seeks to explore the role that SMEs can play in the drive to reduce UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the recent European Union (EU) targets; a 30% reduction by 2020 and a 60% reduction by 2050 (DEFRA, 2007). In the UK 99% of all VAT registered companies are classified as SME’s and between them they account for 47% of the annual UK turnover (Directgov, 2007) As yet there are no legislative drivers for SMEs to reduce emissions however it is suggested that market forces may be a key driver for SMEs to begin reducing their GHG emissions.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
    Journal or Publication Title: 2nd International Sustainability Conference 2008
    Uncontrolled Keywords: SME ; Carbon Footprint ; Value Stream Mapping ; Sustainable ; Tool
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Engineering
    ID Code: 50591
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 01 Nov 2011 12:14
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 06:15
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50591

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