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Sustainability for Manufacturing - An HCL Point of View

Sustainability for Manufacturing - An HCL Point of View

Abstract

Sustainability is an increasingly common theme in the business and trade press, at conferences, and in everyday conversation. This white paper encourages manufacturers to integrate sustainability into their corporate strategy to drive economic value add. It reviews the top environmental issues affecting the manufacturing sector and explains how taking action on sustainability can help mitigate perennial business challenges.

HCL Technologies, (HCL) has designed and developed a comprehensive sustainability framework that caters to the specific needs of manufacturing industries. Our vision is to transform organizations through compliance into economic value add for sustainability. This approach focuses on building carbon footprints of all GHG emissions across the entire manufacturing value chain, energy, waste and water management which will help build better internal control, make reporting easier, accurate and timely, thus, enabling the organizations to achieve their business goals.


Excerpts from the Paper

The industrial sector (including mining, agriculture, fishing, and manufacturing) accounts for 31 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, the largest share of any sector including transportation (28  percent),  residential (22  percent),  and  commercial (19 percent). 33 Manufacturing  accounts for two-thirds of the industrial sector’s energy consumption. Natural gas and traditional electricity accounts for most of the manufacturing sector’s energy sources. While 47 percent of manufacturers reported average progress or better towards world-class green and sustainability measurement benchmarks in a recent survey, only 13 percent described their green measurement systems reviews as including regular monitoring or transparency.

Only one-third of the manufacturers surveyed report having more than three-quarters of their sales volume from products that are recyclable and/or reusable. Likewise, they are responsible for 36% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions (IEA, 2007). Manufacturing industries nevertheless have the potential to become a driving force for  the  creation  of a  sustainable  society.  They  can  design  and  implement  integrated sustainable  practices  and  develop  products  and  services  that  contribute  to  better environmental performance. This requires a shift in the perception and understanding of industrial  production  and  the  adoption  of a  more  holistic  approach  to  conducting business.

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