The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new methodology called overall greenness performance for value stream mapping (OGP-VSM). Using value-added concepts, this approach has the potential to integrate, measure, control and improve productive and environmental performance in accordance with a company’s context.
The OGP-VSM approach was developed by reviewing and integrating the environmental aspects of existing lean thinking tools and approaches.
This research revealed the lack of practical integration between productive and environmental performance. Using OGP-VSM, managers can see that environmental practices have a direct impact on productivity. OGP-VSM allows a balance to be found between lean and green practices in order to achieve the simultaneous improvement of productivity and environmental performance.
The proposed approach is applied to a case study in an automotive company in Spain and lays the groundwork for moving toward functional environmental sustainability in manufacturers.
Companies are increasingly implementing environmentally focused practices. Pursuing environmentally friendly (green) performance poses several challenges, but it also affords opportunities to create new methodologies for generating a competitive advantage for manufacturing companies. There are a limited number of approaches to drawing together the elements and attributes that are essential for a holistic, practical and long-lasting improvement of environmental performance in the manufacturing sector.
The work presented in this paper was carried out within the framework of the LIFE MCUBO research project funded by the European Union (LIFE15 ENV/ES/000379), through the LIFE programme. In addition, the authors would like to acknowledge the support received from AdP, the Special Patrimonial Fund at Universidad de La Sabana and the doctoral grant from TECNUN Escuela de Ingenieros, Universidad de Navarra.
Muñoz-Villamizar, A., Santos, J., Garcia-Sabater, J., Lleo, A. and Grau, P. (2019), "Green value stream mapping approach to improving productivity and environmental performance", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 68 No. 3, pp. 608-625. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-06-2018-0216Download as .RIS
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