It is a system that integrates product and process design issues with issues of manufacturing planning and control in such a manner as to identify quantify, assess and manage the flow of environmental waste with the goal of reducing and ultimately minimizing environmental impact while also maximizing resource efficiency.
Green manufacturing embraces:
1. Energy from renewable sources. Workers may generate electricity, heat, or fuel from renewable sources for use within their establishment. These sources may include wind, biomass, geothermal, solar, ocean, hydropower, landfill gas and municipal solid waste.
2. Energy efficiency. Workers will utilize specific technologies and practices to improve energy efficiency within their establishment.
3. Pollution reduction and removal, greenhouse gas reduction, and recycling. Workers will use green technologies and practices to:
- Reduce or remove the creation or release of pollutants in their operations
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Reduce or eliminate the creation of waste materials
- Collect, reuse, recycle or compost waste materials
4. Natural resources conservation. Workers will use specific technologies and practices to conserve natural resources, such as those related to organic agriculture, land management, and soil, water, or wildlife conservation.