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Be Lean & Go Green

Antaris can assist your company to become leaner and greener.  A win-win situation – with economic and environmental benefits.

In his book “Creating a Lean and Green Business System” Keivan Zokaei, explains that “there is a logical fit between economic and environmental waste reduction, in other words, between lean and green”. He describes lean as continuous improvement, aimed at improving the efficiency of an organisation. Green is defined as management practices aimed at improving the environmental performance of an organisation. One might think that removing economic waste will automatically result in the removal of environmental waste, but this is not always the case. Lean cannot always be regarded to be naturally green.  There needs to be a conscious plan to recognise the interactions between lean and green.

In a recent study – Lean Manufacturing towards Green Manufacturing Practices and Its Implementation in SMEs, J.P Rishi explains the similarities between lean and green manufacturing. Lean implementation can improve productivity in an organisation by eliminating non-value-added activity in processes.

Green implementation is considered an environmental method to minimize waste by designing efficient processes and selecting materials without compromising the environment. Both lean and green implementation provide effective approaches that can improve productivity with the goal of zero waste. Organisations should implement best practices so that green implementation becomes effective. The international standard for Environmental Management System ISO 14001: 2015 provides a systematic continuous improvement tool that allows green manufacturing to become effective.

Organisations using ISO 14001 have found benefits across a range of areas, including reduced energy and water consumption, a more systematic approach to legal compliance, and an improved overall environmental performance. Richard Giles, Premier Foods, UK explained that after implementing ISO 14001 in 2001 they have made big improvements and have enhanced relationships with stakeholders and staff. They have been at “zero landfill” since March 2013 and are recycling and reusing 100 % of their site wastes.

Antaris are experts in the implementation of the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system, to ensure the highest standards of environmental performance are maintained.

Are you looking to implement an ISO 14001 management system but are sure where to start?

Contact us at Antaris for advice.

As a service provider of several Enterprise Ireland green initiatives we can help your organisation make positive changes towards a 1.5ᵒ future.

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Please contact us to discover how you can avail of these green initiatives!



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