Title: Development and validation of performance measures for green manufacturing (GM) practices in medium and small scale industries in Vidharbha region, India

Authors: Minhaj Ahemad Abdul Rehman; Rakesh L. Shrivastava

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, St. Vincent Pallotti College of Engineering and Technology, Gavsi Manapur, Nagpur, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Hingna, Nagpur, India

Abstract: Green manufacturing (GM) is a term used to describe manufacturing practices that do not harm the environment during any part of the manufacturing process. It emphasises the use of processes that do not pollute the environment or harm consumers, employees, or other members of the community. GM stresses on reducing parts, rationalising materials, and reusing components, to help make products more efficient to build. A survey was undertaken by the authors in 2009 to determine the extent of awareness and implementation of GM practices within various manufacturing industries in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra, India. In this paper, an approach is made to develop an instrument to find the status of awareness and implementation of GM in this region. It also aims at developing and validating performance measures for GM in Indian context that could be used by manufacturers in assessing and improving their environmental manufacturing performance. The author concludes that the adaptation of GM by industries is still at very early stage with much work to be done to raise levels of awareness and to convince them regarding the potential benefits of GM.

Keywords: green manufacturing; performance measures; critical success factors; CSFs; reliability analysis; India; SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises; manufacturing industry; environmental impact.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSS.2013.052007

International Journal of Society Systems Science, 2013 Vol.5 No.1, pp.62 - 81

Available online: 09 Feb 2013 *

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