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Title: Net positive manufacturing: A restoring, self-healing and regenerative approach to future industrial development
Authors: Rahimifard, Shahin
Stone, Jamie
Lumsakul, Pasuree
Trollman, Hana
Keywords: Sustainable manufacturing
Resource efficiency
Regenerative self-healing industrial systems
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: RAHIMIFARD, S. ...et al., 2018. Net positive manufacturing: A restoring, self-healing and regenerative approach to future industrial development. Procedia Manufacturing, 21, pp.2-9.
Abstract: In today’s consumer driven society, manufacturers can exert unparalleled environmental, economic and societal influence, either for good or bad. The recent uncontrolled industrial growth within both developed and developing countries has resulted in significant damage to the environment in an attempt to sustain economic growth at any cost. In response, global sustainability initiatives, due to inherent and inevitable economic barriers, have often adopted a ‘Less Bad’ approach, which is based on meeting the demands of regional and national legislation and incremental efficiency measures. The benefits of such initiatives are now perceived as too small and too slow to tackle the needs of tomorrow. In this context, when ‘Less Bad is Not Good Enough!’, what should our aspirations and goals be beyond the scope of current sustainability strategies, methods, tools and technologies ? At the heart of the proposed paradigm shift through ‘Net Positive Manufacturing’ is the ability of manufacturing businesses to adopt a restoring, self-healing, and regenerative approach and simply to put back more into society and the environment than what they take out. This radically novel vision for future industrial development presents a number of methodical, organisational, technological, as well as social and ethical research challenges which are explored in this paper.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This paper was also presented at the 15th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM), Haifa - Israel, 25th - 27th September.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2018.02.088
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27449
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2018.02.088
ISSN: 2351-9789
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