On the Applicability of Sustainability Assessment Tools in Manufacturing
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionProcedia CIRP. 2015, 29 621-626. 10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.203
The literature on sustainability assessment abounds with different tools, methods, models and frameworks, and the amount of literature on sustainability assessment applied to the field of manufacturing is rapidly growing. This study aims to review the state of the art associated with the latter, synthesising and analysing the applicability of the different approaches with their practical applicability in real-world manufacturing at the heart of the discussion. Based on review of research trends within sustainability assessment, we identified a list of tools addressing three pillars of sustainability which all can be applied on company level. These tools were evaluated from a manufacturing company’s point of view, including (1) reliability; (2) manufacturing company’s context; (3) time and resources required for assessment; (4) point out problem areas; and (5) point out solutions. Finally, the sustainability assessment framework based on a value chain concept is proposed as a possible solution for handling challenges related to sustainability assessment in manufacturing.