The Lean and Environment Toolkit offers practical strategies and techniques to Lean implementers about how to improve Lean results—waste elimination, quality enhancement, and delivery of value to customers—while achieving environmental performance goals. The toolkit also provides tools to help your organization get better environmental performance from Lean efforts on the shop floor.
The EPA’s intent in developing this toolkit is to enable Lean practitioners to improve both their business performance and their environmental performance by identifying and eliminating environmental wastes at their organizations. The toolkit offers practical strategies and tools for integrating environmental considerations into Lean initiatives in ways that support Lean’s focus on the elimination of waste and non-value added activity.
This Lean and Environment Toolkit assembles practical experience collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from a group of partner companies and organizations that have experience with coordinating Lean implementation and environmental management. The toolkit builds on work conducted and research sponsored by EPA’s Lean Manufacturing and Environment Initiative.
The “Lean” methods discussed in this Toolkit are organizational improvement methods pioneered in the Toyota Production System. Lean production and Lean manufacturing refer to a customer-focused business model and collection of methods that focuses on the elimination of waste (non-value added activity) while delivering quality products on time and at a low cost. The toolkit assumes that you are familiar with Lean methods and their implementation.
Benefits of Coordinating Lean & Environment
- Reduce costs
- Improve process flow and reduce lead times
- Lower regulatory non-compliance risk
- Meet customer expectations
- Improve environmental quality
- Improve employee morale and commitment